Monday’s Quick Hits

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Gianforte’s Day
  • New Montana GOP Leader
  • Richard & Mildred Loving
  • Covfefe 2.0?
  • Stanley Cup Finals

Gianforte’s Day:

At least the Montana special election and Republican Greg Gianforte being charged with assaulting a reporter gave us all something interesting to write about this spring.

That Gianforte assault saga should come to an end today. The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Gianforte will plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge. The AP also reports that misdemeanor assault convictions in Montana carry a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $500 fine.

On Friday I wrote that Gianforte will probably get off with a light sentence. If so, that basically tells bullies it’s OK to assault people in Montana. I also said that I would not be surprised if after the hearing we’ll see the unveiling of plans for a new multi-million dollar “Gianforte Justice Wing” at the Gallatin County Court House…

New Montana GOP Leader:

Lee Newspapers reported that Livingston Republican Debra Lamm was elected leader of the Montana GOP by party delegates gathered Saturday in Billings, turning back late challenges by conservative radio star Aaron Flint and George Paul, of Cascade County.

I’m sure Lamm will do a good job and keep the Republican machine rolling. The Montana Republican Party’s biggest problem is not about winning enough races; it’s getting along with each other.

If I had a vote, I would have supported Aaron Flint.

Richard & Mildred Loving:

The names might not sound familiar, but 50 years ago (June 12, 1967) the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Virginia law that banned marriage between people of different races was unconstitutional.

The Associated Press reported that Richard and Mildred Loving had been sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races. It was their case that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The AP published several stories over the weekend about the case that you can read HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Covfefe 2.0?

Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had people guessing what she tweeted early Saturday morning to her 33,000 followers:

Fortunately, it was not a follow-up to President Trump’s tweet about “covfefe.” The tweet was from her three-year-old playing with her unlocked phone. She later tweeted:

This is what happens when your 3 year old steals your phone. Thanks Huck! #neverleaveyourphoneunlocked

The tweet was retweeted about 6,000 times…

Stanley Cup Finals:

With about one minute and 30 seconds left in the third period in what looked like a game that was headed to sudden death overtime, the Pittsburgh Penguins scored a goal and drove a stake through the heart of the Nashville Predators to win the Stanley Cup.

Unfortunately, a call that will stick in Nashville’s mind for a long time and spoiled a great final happened earlier in the match. It looked like the Predators scored early in the second period, but the goal was not allowed because a whistle had been blown to end play before the score. (ESPN)

Applause to the Nashville fans for their spirit. It was fun to watch.