The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. – James Madison
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 the Big Sky Poll, Steve Bullock, Montana Legislature, Greg Gianforte, Jon Tester, banking bill, Zinke and trophy hunters, arming teachers, Montana Grizzlies, and One More Thing.
The Big Sky Poll:
Let me see, in the recently released Big Sky Poll you add the Excellent and Good ratings together for a grade (Favorable) and Fair and Poor together for another grade (Unfavorable).
So that means that many elected officials in Montana, except Governor Steve Bullock (45/39), are underwater meaning their Fair and Poor added together are higher than the Excellent and Good ratings added together.
Got it? I think I do.
As a whole, the Montana Legislature is rated as pretty terrible. They have a 19/66 which in basic terms means they suck, but you already knew that.
As for U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte who is running for reelection, he comes in with a 30/59 rating. That should energize his opponents. Beating up a reporter can hurt your ratings.
Then we have U.S. Senator Jon Tester. He is running for reelection and comes in with a 46/48. He has not beaten anyone up that I know.
If you are under 50 in the favorable ratings, it can be a problem. That’s why you run campaign ads early, like Tester is, to reintroduce yourself to the voters and to improve your image. I’m sure Gianforte will be airing ads soon.
AP Fact Checks Tester:
The Associated Press did a little fact checking of U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and his banking bill. You can read the press release about the bill from Tester HERE. You can read the AP Fact Checking article HERE.
Then you can draw your own conclusions…
Trump’s Trophy Hunters:
The Associated Press reported this week that a new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family.
The AP also reported that 16 board members are appointed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Maybe “reported” is a little soft in describing it. The AP basically compiled a small book about it – totaling about 2,400 words.
I’m sure those on the left are upset about the advisory board being “stacked with trophy hunters.” Here’s an easy solution – win the next presidential election and appoint your own people to the board.
Gallup Polling did something remarkable – they asked teachers if they wanted to be armed.
Although it is a small sampling with +/- of seven points, Gallup found nearly three-quarters (73%) of U.S. school teachers oppose the idea of training certain teachers and staff to carry guns in school buildings. Nearly six in 10 teachers think it would make schools less safe, and about seven in 10 teachers think carrying guns would not effectively limit the number of victims in the event of a shooting.
The poll did not ask if teachers felt silencers should be used on guns in the library.
Read the whole report from Gallup HERE.
The Montana Grizzlies men’s team looked pretty good early against the Michigan Wolverines last night in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Griz opened up a 10 point lead while holding the Big 10 champ scoreless.
Then Michigan woke up.
Early in the second half, Michigan clamped down on the Grizzlies holding them scoreless for over 10 minutes. The game was not that good and at the end, Michigan ran away with it and finished Montana 61-47. (ESPN)
Overall Montana is 2-12 in the NCAA tournament dating back to 1975. They last won an NCAA tournament game in 2006. (Source) Although some believe that it is good for schools to get selected or qualify for the tournament, most of the smaller schools are not that competitive.
At least the Montana Griz and their faithful fans got to visit Wichita, Kansas…
One More Thing:
May your troubles be less
Your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
― Dorien Kelly