Caught My Eye…

Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream. – Hugh Hefner

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 about today include Steve Daines & Town Halls, It’s (Jon) Tester Time, Ryan Zinke’s travels, Great Falls Municipal Election, Troy Downing & hunting, Burning NFL Jerseys, and One More Thing!

Daines & Town Halls:

I happened to see the Montana Cowgirl posted a tweet about billboards going up around the state urging Steve Daines to hold live town hall meetings. See the billboard and tweet HERE.

This is a becoming a serious problem for Daines – and it won’t go away until he holds a few in-person town halls.

Daines is coming across as a coward. Montanans don’t like cowards.

Tester Time:

We are about a year out from the 2018 election. That means that incumbents, like U.S. Senator Jon Tester, will be more visible and we’ll hear more about his “wonderful” work for Montanans.

For example, “U.S. Senator Jon Tester was named one of the most effective members of the United States Senate for his work on behalf of Montana’s veterans, service members, students, outdoorsmen and women” or “Tester sends 7th bill to Trump for signature.”

There are also events he will be attending in the next year because they are only held once per year and he’ll need to be seen by Montanans before election day.

During all the other five or so years before the campaigning begins in earnest, there’s a better chance of seeing Bigfoot than a U.S. Senator.

Montanans like Tester. I believe he should have a pretty easy time winning a third term, but from now until November 2018, it’s Tester time.

Zinke’s Travels:

Along with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and HHS Secretary Tom Price, former Montana Congressman and current Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke used non-commercial planes at taxpayer expense. (Politico)

In just a few months, these cabinet officials have become drunk on power. Zinke should know better.

I will add that Zinke’s Interior Department spokeswoman, Heather Swift, did a good job of providing the information about the travels to Politico. But it is perception. It is trust. The swamp is not being drained.

Great Falls Municipal Election:

There’s a new twist to the City Commission race in Great Falls. Incumbent Great Falls City Commissioner Fred Burow decided to withdraw from the race after finishing third in the recent primary. He cited family health reasons for the withdrawal. (GF Tribune)

After his withdrawal, Burow first endorsed Owen Robinson. Later he also endorsed Rick Tryon.

That means Mary Sheehy Moe, Owen Robinson, and Rick Tryon will compete for two seats on the city commission. Moe finished first in the primary and Robinson finished second, Tryon was fourth. There were seven names on the ballot.

I don’t do endorsements anymore, but I was happy that two of the three finalists received my vote in the primary.

The good thing is that no matter which candidates win, there will be some new blood on the commission. That is a good thing.

Nine Hunting Violations:

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle is reporting that Troy Downing, who is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is facing seven misdemeanor charges accusing him of trying to buy Montana resident hunting or fishing licenses as an out-of-state resident. He was cited an eighth time for transferring a hunting license to another person and a ninth time for assisting an unqualified applicant in obtaining a hunting license.

He pled not guilty.

This is not a good start for the Downing campaign. The Chronicle reports that Downing is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court on Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. for a status hearing. That means this may be dogging him well into 2018.

Maybe Downing should have read my book about running for office! It reminds candidates about the requirements in some states that you must live in a state for a while before can purchase a resident hunting/fishing license. Check it out on Amazon HERE.

Burning NFL Jerseys:

This week we’ve seen a lot of people burning their NFL team’s jerseys in anger over the “take a knee” protest. Many of these people are burning their NFL gear and not really understanding what the “take a knee” protest is all about. It’s not about disrespecting the military or our flag. The silent protest started because of police brutality. Since the President chimed in with his thoughts and calling those protesting a “son of a bitch,” it has grown.

My recent column about the President and the NFL can be read HERE.

Now back to the burning of NFL gear. I don’t care if you burn your team’s stuff, but if you are a Kansas City Chiefs fan, go ahead and send it to me. 😉  Thanks!

One More Thing:

I think it’s pretty black and white there.  –White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sanders was responding to a question from reporter April D. Ryan from the American Urban Radio Networks about the NFL “take a knee” protests.