Monday’s Quick Hits

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. – Francis Bacon

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Sanders & Quist
  • Won Battle/Lost War
  • Mail-Only Voting
  • Montana Legislature & Infrastructure
  • Thank You Scott

Sanders & Quist:

A story posted Saturday on The Huffington Post website reports that current U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) “has offered to travel to Montana to help boost insurgent House candidate Rob Quist.”

Montanans may remember that Sanders won the Democratic Primary for President in Montana by about 9,300 votes over Hillary Clinton.

I like Sanders. He may be just what Quist needs to generate some excitement for his race in Montana.

Won Battle/Lost War:

If you have read The Western Word very much then you know that I think it is a travesty the hoops independent candidates have to jump through to get on the ballot in Montana. Republican and Democrats have a monopoly on who can run for office. In the meantime, nothing much gets done, and when the legislature is in session, it is like a circus.

Three candidates for the Montana House special election filed a lawsuit about the mess, and the Associated Press reported that a federal judge sided with three would-be candidates who argued they didn’t have enough time to gather the signatures required to qualify for Montana’s special congressional election — but their names still aren’t going on the ballot.

The three candidates have now filed a notice of appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Although they may not win the war, they did win a smaller battle. The Montana legislature should take note and change the requirements. The current way it’s done is unconstitutional, not to mention virtually impossible to comply with.

Mail-Only Voting:

The Associated Press (AP) reported that Montana Governor Steve Bullock revived debate over mail-only voting on Friday when he used his veto power to rewrite a routine bill to allow counties to conduct the May 25 congressional election by mail.

There’s just a small chance that Bullock’s maneuver will help, but he should be applauded for at least trying to save Montana some money for this special election.

Shame on the Republicans who opposed the mail-only voting bill.

Montana Legislature & Infrastructure:

After reading the report from the Associated Press, “Lawmakers take final swing at infrastructure package,” I thought that people are probably looking at the problems the Montana Legislature is having coming up with an infrastructure plan that they can all agree on the wrong way.

Montanans should believe from the beginning of the legislative session that the 150 members won’t accomplish much of anything to help the state. Montanans should also believe that the legislature will embarrass the state in some way, that partisan politics will get in the way and the majority party will shoot themselves in the foot trying to lead.

If Montanans look at it that way, then anything the legislators do accomplish will be a miracle – like a walking on water miracle…

Thank You Scott:

Huff Post reported the Saturday Night Live skit, ‘Thank You Scott,’ is an “Anthem For Lazy Armchair Activists.” Enjoy…

We are all Scott…



2 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Regarding Bernie and Quist, it doesn’t say much when a candidate needs crutches to support his candidacy. His performance on Face The State which aired yesterday was underwhelming at best with scripted, canned answers and lack of real clarity as to why he lied to the bank, and his troubles with the excavation contractor and band member. I wish someone would ask him why his 20 acre ranch is owned 10 acres apiece by his wife and daughter. I guess that keeps the creditors at bay. As to standing on his own two feet and facing his competition, withdrawing from a public radio debate doesn’t help with that image.

    • Craig – Thanks. There are lots of questions and concerns surrounding Quist. You’re right, withdrawing from the MPR debate does not look good. -JmB

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