The Wednesday Read: Tester, McCaskill, Helena Schools, & Paul Ryan

We need to stop spending money we don’t have. – Paul Ryan

Today’s topics are:

  • Most Vulnerable Senators
  • Helena School District
  • Speaker Paul Ryan

Most Vulnerable Senators:

Back in 2010, I wrote a column right after election day called “Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators” that received nationwide attention. It was picked up by several publications all across the fruited plains.

On that list, first-term Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was listed as #1 most vulnerable. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) came as the sixth most vulnerable.

Both Senators survived reelection.

Today The Hill came out with their list called “The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018.”

McCaskill comes in at #2. Tester comes in at #9. There’s a good chance they will survive again.

Right now I think the Senate race in Montana is still “Safe Democrat.” The Republican candidates are not showing me much to make people want to change senators and lose their senior senator. That could change, but Tester is on the airwaves early and he has plenty of money to fight off attacks and get his message out.

Helena School District:

Yesterday I wrote about the Helena School District wanting to use a collection agency to collect school lunch debt.

I said that the Helena School District should not use a collection agency. If a family can’t afford to pay a $100 lunch bill, they don’t need the jackasses from a collection agency calling them at home and work. I also said there must be at least a few charitable people in Helena who could write a check to pay off the $100,000 debt. How about a GoFundMe page?

Seems as though officials in the school district are listening.

Today the Helena Independent Record reports that Helena Public Schools is walking back its decision to send unpaid meal debts to a collection agency after facing backlash from community members worried that the effort would burden already struggling families.

A GoFundMe page was started to help with the debt. Check it out HERE.

I’m sure there are local churches in the Helena area that could help wipe out this debt.

By “walking back” their desire to have a collection agency go after struggling families, it shows that maybe, just maybe, the officials in the Helena School District have a heart.

Speaker Paul Ryan:

House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republican House members this morning that he will not run for reelection in November. (Axios)

Ryan has been in the House since 1999.

I can’t blame Ryan for retiring. He has to try and deal with President Donald Trump every day and Senate leader Mitch McConnell. These are two men who are a few clowns short of a circus.

Then there are the Republicans in the House. It’s like herding cats.

Ryan is just 48. He can make a lot more than his $223,500 salary in the outside world – and with fewer headaches. Plus, he will have his retirement check to get by on.

If all that fails, I read somewhere that Ryan once worked for the Oscar Mayer company and that he drove the Wienermobile…



4 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Tester, McCaskill, Helena Schools, & Paul Ryan

  1. Erick Erickson, founder of, talks to a VERY concerned and angry GOP House member.

    “I say a lot of shit on TV defending him, even over this. But honestly, I wish the motherf*cker would just go away. We’re going to lose the House, lose the Senate, and lose a bunch of states because of him. All his supporters will blame us for what we have or have not done, but he hasn’t led. He wakes up in the morning, sh*ts all over Twitter, sh*ts all over us, sh*ts all over his staff, then hits golf balls. F*ck him. Of course, I can’t say that in public or I’d get run out of town.”

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