Thursday Numbers

You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Jeff Bezos & Amazon, college basketball coaches’ salaries, REAL ID & Montana, Greg Gianforte, NRA & Jon Tester, Rob Quist, unemployment, Cascade County Montana, Montana post offices, Donald Trump, Montana Legislature & mail ballots, and much more!


Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, is now the second-richest person on the planet, besting Warren Buffett of Omaha-based investment conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos’ wealth climbed to $75.6 billion on Wednesday, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. (USA Today)

That’s a lot of Kindles…


College basketball has two coaches (Rick Pitino of the University of Louisville and John Calipari of Kentucky) earning more than $7 million in the same season for the first time since USA TODAY Sports began tracking coaches compensation. (USA Today)

Higher education is expensive…


A bill to make Montana compliant with federal driver’s license rules would cost the state more than $2 million a year for the next four years according to Montana officials. (AP)

Hey Montana officials – freedom is not free…


That’s how much money Republican Greg Gianforte says he has raised toward his campaign for Montana’s only U.S. House seat. (AP)

I wonder if he donated to his own campaign…


The National Rifle Association on Tuesday began targeting four Senate Democrats, including Jon Tester of Montana, facing potentially tough reelections with a $1 million TV campaign that urges the confirmation of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. (Washington Examiner)

I don’t know about Tester facing a “tough” reelection, but you can see the ad about Tester HERE.


That’s how much money U.S. House candidate Rob Quist (D) has raised in the first few weeks of his campaign for Montana’s only U.S. House seat. (Press Release)

Maybe if Quist takes a large enough salary from his campaign, he can pay off his debts…


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


The Cascade County population fell by an estimated 363 people last year, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week and reported in the Great Falls Tribune.

Brett Doney, president and CEO of the Great Falls Development Authority, said he believes the drop-off is due to a lack of effort promoting the area to potential new residents while other communities have launched attractive campaigns.

Maybe it’s time for new blood at the Great Falls Development Authority so they can put forth more effort to promote the area…


Gary Splittberger has now been to all 312 operating post offices in Montana, from Absarokee to Zurich. (GF Tribune)

I wonder if the postal service knows where all the post offices are located in Montana…


Lee Newspapers recently reported that musician turned U.S. House candidate, Rob Quist, who has claimed that not being able to work kept him from paying his mortgage in 2011, actually performed at least 35 concerts that year.

I’ll bet there’s a great country song in this story…


That is President Donald Trump’s approval rating (35%) as of Tuesday. (Gallup)

But he has over 27,000,000 followers on his personal Twitter account…


That’s how many Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to kill a bill allowing counties to choose to use only mail ballots in the May 25 special congressional election. The 11-8, party-line vote in the House Judiciary Committee to table Senate Bill 305 means the bill is dead – unless the panel changes its mind or a super-majority of the House votes to bring the bill to the floor. (MTN)

This will cost thousands of dollars.

You can see who the 11 Republicans are by clicking HERE. Shame on them.