The Wednesday Read: Georgia, Montana, Daines, Elsie, & Ivanka

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Georgia Special Election
  • Get Ready Montana
  • A Beef with Daines’ Trip
  • Working for Elsie
  • It’s Good to be Ivanka

Georgia Special Election:

Since no candidate received over 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff election on Tuesday, June 20, for the Sixth Congressional District seat in Georgia.

The New York Times reported that Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, and Karen Handel, a Republican, advanced to a June 20 runoff in the special election for the U.S. House seat vacated by Tom Price, the new health and human services secretary. Ossoff received about 48% of the vote and Handel received about 20%. There were 18 candidates.

Get Ready Montana:

The next special election is May 25 in Montana for Montana’s open at-large seat in the U.S. House that was vacated by Republican Ryan Zinke, who is now Interior Secretary.

Montana should get ready for some national attention for our election which is between Republican Greg Gianforte, Democrat Rob Quist, and Libertarian Mark Wicks.

Since the Democrats have been competitive so far in these special elections, the national Democrats might start paying attention to Montana. Bernie Sanders may help Democrat Rob Quist raise some money and get some name recognition when he campaigns in Montana next month. Donald Trump, Jr., campaigns for Gianforte later this week.

A Beef with Daines’ Trip:

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) spent part of his Easter recess on an “official overseas congressional delegation trip” to China and Japan. He announced the trip after he was back in the United States.

I don’t know (as of yet) who else went and if spouses were on the trip.

The headline about the trip from Daines’ press release was a little misleading, “Daines Leads Congressional Delegation to China and Japan.” Since Daines is a freshman senator and near the bottom of the seniority list, I doubt he was leading anything. He may have been invited to carry and keep track of the luggage for the other members of the delegation on the trip.

It is great that Daines promoted Montana beef with China, but the biggest “beef” Montanans have with Daines is that he is afraid to face Montanans in person by holding a town hall meeting.

Each week that Daines fails to meet his constituents face to face makes him look more and more like a coward.

Working for Elsie:

Be truthful – you know that you’ve had a job where you felt you deserved to be paid more than your boss because you do more work and know more about the job.

Maybe Elsie Arntzen understands that.

According to Lee Newspapers, Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, who makes about $50.31 per hour, is paying Patrick H. Beddow $90 an hour to advise her on issues related to the Board of Land Commissioners. It’s only part-time. Since January it was reported that he has worked about 40 hours.

If someone believes they deserve $90 an hour to advise an elected official about issues related to the Board of Land Commissioners, then I’ve got some ocean-front property to sell them near Great Falls, Montana…

Ivanka’s Business:

It looks like Ivanka’s business is picking up since her dad became President. The Associated Press reported:

On April 6, Ivanka Trump’s company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks, giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world’s second-largest economy. That night, the first daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, sat next to the president of China and his wife for a steak and Dover sole dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

Remember that Ivanka holds an unpaid position in her father’s White House administration. Whether or not anything was done to help Ivanka is unknown, but this just looks wrong.



7 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Georgia, Montana, Daines, Elsie, & Ivanka

  1. Another P.S. on this vein …today I go vote for/against a Blackfeet Water Compact that sat in the bottom of the pile of the desk of the chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee—————————- ( ) for years. When Rep. Zinke and Senator Daines came along they forced the compact agreement to the top of the pile and got it approved by the U.S. Senate in less than 2 years. This compact is important to the state of MT and the Blackfeet people and the future of Montana water resources. I have a respect for 2 persons who brought this to this day. I will vote for the compact and pray the members of the Blackfeet Tribe will also do so in order to get this settled for all Montanans.

  2. First – It is not infatuation. It is respect.
    Second- I forgot he was not born in MT, but his family has been here for generations and I know he considers MT his “home” state in every way.
    Third – When Soros quits sending paid protesters, we may get reasonable town halls back up and running…why give those people all the press they seek….just saying.
    Fourth – as I said he was an employee for a large American company. Next time I see him, I will ask him what his role was for that company. I do know that his years there create a positive connection between America and China in just one more way. I think we need every positive connection we can find to overcome all the mess created by the former federal administration.
    Fifth – As a child he worked with his father who is a self made person, who I met in the 1990’s. At that time when Bozeman was starting its boom, he was one of the contractors (most respected by reputation) in the area. Everyone was trying to hire him because of his workmanship and pricing. He has passed down his honest, caring nature to his son, Steve. You should get to know this senator before you get so far off to the left. He may surprise you.
    Sixth- Where in my message to you did I say he lead the group?

    p.s. no silver spoon..he did work and pay for his college ed.

    • LJohn 58:

      Thanks for responding. I respect Daines and the position he holds. He just seems like the kid who nobody likes in school.

      As for Town Halls, that is part of his job. He is a coward for not holding them a few times per year.

      As for leading you wrote, “He loves his birth state and is perfectly capable of ‘leading’ a delegation to China to influence a market for Montana products.”

      Thanks again for your comments.


      • I said he is capable…I didn’t say he led the group. I think you indicated in your piece that press release said that he was leading….
        I am saying that if need be, he is capable of leading a group, especially if it is to “beef-up” Montana products…HAHA

  3. About Steve Daines:
    He paid for his own education and it happened in Montana.
    He worked and lived in China for 7 years for a very large American company.
    He speaks fluent Mandarin.
    He has influential connections in China and throughout China and all the way to Australia because of his foreign work years.
    Montana has a gift in this representative because of his intelligence, connections and influence.
    He loves his birth state and is perfectly capable of “leading” a delegation to China to influence a market for Montana products.

    • LJohn 58:

      Thanks for your comments about your infatuation with Steve Daines.

      As for another view, I give you this:

      -Many people paid for their own education in Montana. I think he was born with a silver or gold spoon.
      -You said he loves his “birth state” – did you mean California – that was where he was actually born.
      -You said he has influential connections in China – Did he outsource jobs there?
      -If Daines is so great and a great debater why does he refuse to hold face to face town hall meetings with his constituents.
      -I doubt Daines was leading the delegation. A least a couple other senators on the trip have higher seniority than Daines (Portman/Barrasso).
      -It was all-GOP trip – Senators Rob Portman of Ohio, John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and U.S. Reps. Chris Stewart of Utah and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio attended.

      Daines has a lot of work to do to impress me.


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