Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.
This week’s topics include Senate and House fundraising, Glacier National Park, unemployment, the VP’s trip, High Tech Job Summit, Thursday Numbers, Keystone XL Pipeline protests, Trump & nukes, playoff baseball, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) reported Friday that his 2018 re-election campaign raised $1.2 million during the past three months, pushing him close to $8 million in total funds raised. (MTN News)
Tester has about $5.4 million remaining in the bank.
According to data released by the National Park Service on Tuesday, 3.3 million people had visited the Glacier National Park through September, a 12.9 percent increase during the same nine-month period in 2016. (Flathead Beacon)
Billings attorney John Heenan, the first Democrat to announce he would challenge Republican Greg Gianforte in the Montana At-Large Congressional race, reported raising $325,000 in August and September – including a $100,000 loan from his own pocket. (MTN News)
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
That’s the cost of Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to see the Colts game in which he left right after the National Anthem because of a protest. That amount does not include the cost of Secret Service or advance staff. (The Hill)
It was a costly stunt.
Grant Kier, a former land-trust director from Missoula, said he raised $192,000 in the last three weeks of September, after announcing his candidacy to run against Republican Greg Gianforte in the Montana At-Large Congressional race. (MTN News)
That’s how many people attended U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ High Tech Job Summit at the University of Montana this week. (Daines Newsletter)
Events like this are good for Montana.
This is “Thursday Numbers” column number 316. Wow!
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About 50 people gathered on the Civic Center steps in Great Falls on Wednesday to protest the arguments set in federal court over the Keystone XL Pipeline project’s extension into northeastern Montana. (GF Tribune)
NBC News reported that President Donald Trump wanted a tenfold increase in the United States nuclear arsenal.
The President called that report “fake news.”
Last night, the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians three games to two in the five-game American League Divisional Series (ALDS). Tonight, the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals face off in the fifth game of the five-game National League Divisional Series (NLDS).(ESPN)
Poor Cleveland – The Yankees got hot at the right time.
The Kansas City Chiefs remained the only undefeated NFL team with their fifth victory Sunday night over the Houston Texans.(ESPN)