Monday’s Quick Hits

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. – George Halas

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Face to Face or Not (Tester & Daines)
  • Four of a Kind (Campaign 2018)
  • The Supreme Court
  • Zuckerberg & Truck Stops
  • The Big News!

Face to Face or Not:

Applause for U.S. Senator Jon Tester for holding a face-to-face, in-person, town hall meeting in Great Falls over the weekend. Around 100 people attended according to Lee Newspapers. That’s not bad for a summer Saturday night in Montana.

The subject was health care. Tester opposes the Senate health care bill.

As his press release pointed out, Tester is the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation holding face-to-face town halls with the public. Tester holds tele-townhall meetings, too.

Montana’s junior Senator, Steve Daines, will hold a tele-townhall meeting this week about the Senate health care bill. More information about the meeting can be found HERE.

I think Montanans will be pretty furious with Daines if he supports the Senate health care bill. Daines could get a lot of mileage if he made an announcement that he was against the bill. It would show some independence instead of him just following the party line.

Nonetheless, they can do better.

On Meet the Press, George Will put the latest health care debate in perspective when he said the following:

…after eight years of debating this, we’re up against the fact that expansion of Medicaid is exactly what this is about. Fifty-five million people are on Medicare, 68 million are on Medicaid, and we’re still arguing about whether or not we should have government control of health care. It’s there.

Members of Congress and the White House should work together and pass a bill that works for all people – even if that means making changes to the existing health care bill (ObamaCare). I’m sure they could even rename it if the name bothers people.

Four of a Kind:

The Associated Press reported that there are now four Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in 2018. U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, is running for his third term.

Those four Republicans are Ron Murray of Belgrade, State Senator Albert Olszewski of Kalispell, Scott Roy McLean of Missoula, and Troy Downing of Big Sky.

I don’t think these four have much of a chance, although State Senator Olszewski can tell folks on the campaign trail that Tester was a State Senator when he beat a sitting senator.

So you’re telling me there’s chance…

The Supreme Court:

Today (Monday) is the last day of the current term of the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch for several decisions to be released around 10:00 a.m. eastern time.

Follow @SCOTUSblog on Twitter for the latest.

Zuckerberg & Truck Stops:

The Hill reported that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Iowa this week as part of his New Year’s resolution to tour the United States. Maybe he’s running for President?

On Interstate 80, he stopped at “Iowa 80” the world’s largest truck stop and made the following observation:

In Iowa, I stopped by one of the major truck stops. It’s like a small city where truckers on long trips can take a break, get something to eat, get a haircut, do laundry, get their truck washed — or their dog washed! — and even go to the dentist.

I’ve always been in awe of truck stops, too, Mark.

The Big News:

Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll were married in Montana on Saturday. (People)

Where they were married in Montana appears to be a mystery.

Congratulations to Erin and Jarret!