Caught My Eye…

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the new commissioner of political practices, Special Election and U.S. Supreme Court, Shooting TVs & Computer Monitors, Alan Mikkelsen, Legalizing Marijuana, and one more thing!

Commissioner of Political Practices:

The new commissioner of political practices for Montana will be Democrat Jeff Mangan from Great Falls. Mangan is a former state legislator.

It did not seem the state senate gave his nomination much consideration or allowed for the public to have much input. The Associated Press reported:

In a whirlwind 24 hours, former Democratic legislator Jeff Mangan was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock, coasted through a Senate committee hearing and was confirmed as commissioner of political practices on a 48-1 vote.

If I was in the state senate, I would have voted no on his confirmation.

I did not care for Mangan as a legislator. When he was a member of the Great Falls International Airport Authority Board, I thought he did a terrible job.

Soon Republicans will be bitching and griping about his decisions, although they have had session after session to fix or replace the office of political practices.

Special Election Going to U.S. Supreme Court:

Three candidates who want to run in the U.S. House special election in Montana are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Associated Press reports:

Thomas Breck, Doug Campbell and Steve Kelly asked the nation’s highest court Thursday to place their names on the May 25 ballot. A federal judge and a federal appeals court each declined similar requests.
The candidates say that Montana’s ballot-access laws don’t give independent candidates and voters a meaningful opportunity to participate.
The state required the candidates to collect 14,268 voter signatures by March 6. The special election was announced March 1.

Although they probably won’t win, they have given the issue of running as an independent candidate in Montana some much-needed publicity. The Montana legislature needs to change the rules and allow independent candidates to run for office the same way Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians do.

Good job boys!

Shooting TVs and Computer Monitors:

Public Service Announcement: If you own a television or a computer monitor, please make sure you secure them.


In their new campaign ads, candidates in the U.S. House special election are showing just how much they love the second amendment by shooting televisions and computer monitors.

You can view the ad from Greg Gianforte HERE.

You can view the ad from Rob Quist HERE.

This has been a Public Service Announcement from The Western Word.

Alan Mikkelsen:

Congratulations to Alan Mikkelsen on being named the deputy commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation by Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. (Flathead Beacon)

Mikkelsen is a great choice and he brings a wealth of experience to the job. He will do well.

Legalizing Marijuana:

A new CBS poll shows support for legalizing marijuana is higher than ever:

Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from last year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll. Eighty-eight percent favor medical marijuana use.

I’ve long favored marijuana being legalized for recreational use. I would like to see the question placed on the ballot in 2018.

One More Thing:

The term “breaking” is being used way too much in emails these days. So here is some real breaking news: It’s annoying. Stop it.

Take for example the campaign for Rob Quist. It seems the Quist campaign has taken it to a whole new level. Probably two out of three of their emails have “breaking” in the title. It may be getting old with them, too. In one email they titled it “Serious update.”


The worst offenders are those who send “Breaking News” emails when the news is hours old. I’m looking at you Helena Independent Record. Just stop it or hire someone to send actual breaking news.



4 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Now what makes anyone think that at legislature of Dems and Repubs are going to legislate in more competition?

    • Actually there was bill introduced this session by a Republican to help with that.
      They may not have a choice, the courts may do it for them -JmB

  2. Got my first “Dark Money” ad in the mail. It was designed to look like an NRA endorsement but anyone who looks closely can see it’s not. It does at least fess up in the fine print that the flier is not authorized by any candidate.  My take-away: “Dark Money Stalks Voter Gullibility!”

    • Carole – Thanks. I expect we’ll see many dark money ads in the next few weeks. They are already peppering the websites. -JmB

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