Monday’s Quick Hits

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Don Petrini & the School Board
  • Gorsuch Nomination & Tester
  • Mail-in Election

Don Petrini & the School Board:

Don Petrini wants to be a member of the Great Falls (MT) School Board. He is one of six people running for three spots on the school board.

As far as I can tell, Petrini is the only candidate who has posted photos on his Facebook page depicting former President Barack Obama and his wife Michele as apes.

The Great Falls Tribune reported the story and the reporter asked Petrini about the post:

“Yeah, I did post that,” Petrini said of the Obamas as apes image. “What does this have to do with anything about running for the school board? This is nonpartisan. That should have no bearing on it.”

Petrini’s quote was ignorant in more ways than I can count.

He has posted more things on his Facebook page. He has also responded to a few comments left on his page.

We have the freedom in this country to post anything we want on social media. We also must suffer the consequences of the things we post or write on social media.

When the school board election has concluded, we’ll see how many votes Petrini receives. I know he won’t receive mine, but I imagine there will be a few who agree with Petrini and will cast their vote for him.

Those results will say a lot about Great Falls.

Gorsuch Nomination & Tester:

Last night (Sunday) U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) announced that he would be voting against Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Tester also said he would vote against cloture (ending debate) which will take 60 votes in the senate.

Tester is up for reelection in 2018, so some people thought he might cave into all the money that has been spent on commercials to encourage him to support Gorsuch.

At this time, I don’t see anyone from the right giving Tester much of a race in 2018. By opposing Gorsuch, Tester has firmed up his base of support and the money from the lefties will continue to flow into his campaign coffers. Those on the right will have something to attack him about, but it’s not going to matter that much. Gorsuch is a conservative, so if he is approved he will be replacing another conservative, Antonin Scalia. We won’t be seeing any difference in our lives.

As for this week, the Gorsuch nomination should be fun to watch. The Republicans need 60 votes to end debate and move the nomination to a final vote that only requires a majority vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may need to change the rules in the senate to get Gorsuch approved (nuclear option). I think that would harm the senate.

If they do away with the 60 vote rule on Supreme Court nominees, the two parties will work together even less.

Mail-in Election:

It was disheartening to read the story from the Associated Press (AP) about the failure of the Montana Legislature to allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail only.

The AP also reported that by some estimates, conducting the special balloting by mail could have saved counties as much as $750,000.

So much for Republicans being fiscal conservatives…

Since most of the Republicans were against the election by mail only, they will have to suffer the consequences. I wrote on Twitter, “Since the Republicans in the #MTLeg won’t allow the vote by mail & are costing the state $750,000, remember this on May 25.”

The bill is SB 305.


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4 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Voting is a privilege…no constitution guaranteed it would be delivered to your door.

    • True. But Montana law allows any voter to vote an Absentee Ballot. There are two ways — register with your County Clerk and Recorder so they know where to mail the ballot — even if you are out of state or even overseas. Or go to the Clerk and Recorder Office and vote in person before the election. Nothing could be easier.

  2. What will you be doing on May 25?

    Graduations may occupy some.
    Others will be planning weddings.
    Farmers will be planting. Many will
    be getting boats & travel trailers ready.

    Busy voters might not have time to go
    to the polls. The Secretary of State’s
    VOTER HOTLINE has a solution.
    Call 1-888-884-8683. Voters can get
    an Absentee Ballot, vote at home,
    and then get back to their busy lives.

  3. Opening day for my Twins as they take on your Royals. Go Twins! With the Yanks losing yesterday the season is off to a spectacular start.

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