The Wednesday Read: Trump/Tester, Debate, Billings PD, and Lies

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • More Trump vs Tester
  • U.S. House Debate
  • Billings Police Department
  • 3001 Lies

Trump vs Tester:

The U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson issue won’t die.

In what must have been a slow news day, the Associated Press (AP) reported that White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short called into the radio program “Montana Talks” on Tuesday to criticize Montana’s senior senator for voting against Trump’s Supreme Court and Cabinet picks. Short also said that the president’s staff is trying to find time in his schedule for a trip to Montana.

The AP also reported that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) will start running an anti-Tester campaign ad this week. I don’t expect the ad to be that great. The boys and girls at the NRSC are well-known for not being that bright.

On the other hand, David C.W. Parker, who is an associate professor of political science at Montana State University, has a column in the Washington Post with the headline, “Trump’s threats are unlikely to hurt Sen. Jon Tester. In fact, they may help him.” Read it HERE.

I disagree with Professor Parker a little. Tester was cruising along and I had the Montana Senate race “Safe Democrat.” With all the attention the race is now garnering, it has not been good for Tester. I still think Tester is the favorite, but only slightly. I now rate this race as “Lean Democrat.” I really have a hard time seeing any of the four Republican candidates beating him at this time.

Thursday U.S. House Debate:

The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that The Greater Montana Foundation will sponsor a debate Thursday at the Ed Craney Studio at the Montana Historical Society among Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives seat. The event is 7-8:30 p.m. and will be livestreamed online on YouTube at

More information can be found HERE.

Billings Police Department:

The Associated Press reported that three Billings police officers who were disciplined for having sex with a civilian department employee on city property argue releasing their names would give them a bad reputation and affect their ability to do their jobs.

Too bad. They work for the taxpayers. We deserve to know who they are.

I say the city should announce their names and show their photos on Facebook live…

3001 Lies:

The Washington Post is reporting that in the 466 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day.

Holy cow!



2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Trump/Tester, Debate, Billings PD, and Lies

  1. Well, he’s certainly keeping up his pace. When he crossed the 2000 lie mark, his average was about the same.

    He probably continues to set the record for staff turnover.

    So much winning.

    • Doug – Over six lies a day is amazing. The staff turnover is equally amazing. -JmB

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