Monday’s Quick Hits

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. – Ann Landers

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • More Quist Financial Troubles
  • Montana Special Election Lawsuit
  • Republicans & Healthcare
  • Fake News & 60 Minutes
  • Koppel & Hannity

More Quist Financial Troubles:

Lee Newspapers reported over the weekend that Rob Quist, Montana’s Democratic candidate for U.S. House, has a 16-year legacy of financial troubles that go beyond the property tax liens reported earlier by the Associated Press.

You can read the story and review the documents HERE.

Lee Newspapers also reported that the Montana Democratic Party declined to comment on Quist’s financial troubles Friday. That does not look good.

Last Wednesday when the Associated Press story was first reported, I wrote that some day the Montana Democrats should start doing some vetting into their candidates’ past and maybe ask them a few questions before the coronation.

His supporters are trying to frame his 16-year “debt trail” as “Quist knows what it’s like to struggle to pay his medical bills” and Quist “understands the challenges working people face.”

Does this hurt Quist? Definitely. Can he still be elected? Yes, but his campaign is crippled. Quist needs to change the subject quickly. He should challenge his two opponents to a couple debates to help change the subject.

Special Election Lawsuit:

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle (BDC) reported last week that a trio of plaintiffs, including two from the Montana Green Party, are suing the Montana secretary of state in federal court to put two more candidates onto the special election ballot for U.S. House of Representatives.

The BDC also reported that the candidates were not able to collect the tens of thousands of signatures required of non-qualified minor-party and independent candidates in the short time frame.

Hip hip hooray for this lawsuit.

Montana makes it virtually impossible to run for office as an independent candidate. An independent candidate should only need to jump through the same hoops as Democrat and Republican candidates do to make the ballot in Montana.

Best of luck to the candidates with their lawsuit.

Republicans & Healthcare:

The President’s plan to quickly repeal and replace Obamacare went down in flames on Friday when the bill was pulled because the Republicans in the U.S. House could not come together to pass it.

Like I said Friday morning before it died, this has been another chapter of the Republicans forming the circular firing squad. They control the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and the White House and the first major piece of legislation in the new congress may die because they can’t come together. Trump is finding out that being President is different than being a CEO.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan found out that being in the majority party is different than being in the minority party, too.

Now would be a great time for Republicans and Democrats to come together and find some common ground on healthcare reform.

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator, Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Montana’s junior U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, a Republican, could lead the way by working with each other on things they agree with in regard to healthcare. Their show of bipartisanship could spread to other members of Congress all across the fruited plains.

They need to make the current healthcare plan (Obamacare) better for all. The Republicans can’t try to sabotage Obamacare because they are bitter about this loss.

For the good of the country, try working together on this issue.

Fake News & 60 Minutes:

Sunday evening on 60 Minutes they reported on “Fake News.” It was a great report that everyone should watch.

Check it out HERE.

Koppel & Hannity:

The Associated Press reported that veteran newsman Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is “bad for America” in an interview that aired on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” that quickly became a trending topic on social media Sunday.

I stopped watching Hannity years ago when Alan Colmes left the show. Koppel is probably right about Hannity, but he also comes from the old school. When you tune into the Fox News channel, you basically get views from the right. It’s just the opposite on MSNBC. As long as you remember that and don’t take what they say as 100% correct, you’ll be fine.