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…
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.