The Wednesday Read: Graham-Cassidy and Stapleton

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

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

  • Graham-Cassidy
  • Corey, Corey, Corey


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is predicting that he will get 50 Republican votes on the amendment to repeal Obamacare and replace it with his amendment called Graham-Cassidy.

The Hill reports that Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), and John McCain (Ariz.) are undecided. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said he cannot support it.

The Graham-Cassidy amendment should not pass.

Any reasonable/caring person would not want to be subjected to the provisions in the amendment. If you have a pre-existing condition (like most of us do), then we’re screwed because insurance companies can charge us more. The amendment would also kill a lot of essential benefits.

We don’t know the score of the amendment yet from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). A bipartisan group of 10 governors has already come out against it. That includes Montana Governor Steve Bullock.

The Republicans want to pass this quickly before procedural rules change in two weeks that would make it harder. The Republicans in the Senate and House should stop the madness.

It’s time to concentrate on repairing ObamaCare and making it stronger.

Corey, Corey, Corey…

Although there’s already been a lot written about it in Montana newspapers and in blogs, I wanted to add my two cents.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is under fire from almost every corner of the state for claiming there was voter fraud in Montana.

Then there wasn’t. Or there was. Or the media did not report it correctly. Who knows the correct answer?

The Billings Gazette editorial board took him to task for the mess. You can read it HERE.

The editorial board even went as far as to say when Stapleton decided to send his chief of staff to a hearing (probably because it was too hot an issue for the big guy to attend), that:

We feel sorry for Stapleton’s chief of staff, who had to read a letter riddled with grammatical errors.


In the final graph, the Gazette went on to add:

There is fraud, Mr. Stapleton, and it’s been perpetuated by you on the citizens of Montana when you’ve given them a reason not to trust the results of a free and open election.

Stapleton should put a stop to this goofiness, now.



2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Graham-Cassidy and Stapleton

  1. Yes, Stapleton should stop now. However, he instead doubles down by making veiled threats to the Clerk and Recorders around the state via email. This in itself is mind boggling.

    It was one thing when he made veiled threats at the C&R convention orally but to do so now in an email shows just how small of an individual he really is.

    He is in NO WAY a public servant.

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