Caught My Eye…

I ain’t as good as I once was,
My how the years have flown,
But there was a time,
Back in my prime,
When I could really hold my own
– As Good As I Once Was (Scott Emerick /Toby Keith)

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 my observations from Tuesday’s Primary Election, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards, August Recess, Plagiarism, and One More Thing!

Montana’s Primary Election:

Here are some of my observations from Tuesday’s Primary Election in Montana:

  • Cold hard fact – there are some reporters who don’t know enough about elections to be reporting on them.
  • It’s too bad the Montana Secretary of State’s website was behind Politico and the New York Times in posting the Montana election results. I give Stapleton and crew a grade of “C.”
  • The old guard (Racicot, Rehberg, Hill, Stephens) endorsement of Republican Senate candidate Russ Fagg did not seem to help him. He lost to Matt Rosendale.
  • At this time, I rank the U.S. Senate race as “Lean Democrat.”
  • In the PSC #1 Republican primary, Randy Pinocci beat favorite Rob Cook by about 870 votes in a four-way race. I picked Rob Cook to win. Pinocci seems to come from the far right side of the fence. I wonder if current Republican Commissioner, Travis Kavulla, will endorse Pinocci.
  • In the State House District 21 race, the far-right wingers seemed to want to take out Ed Buttrey, running two Republicans against him in the primary. Buttrey beat them easily. I think Buttrey is more moderate and is not afraid to reach across party lines. That pisses off some Republicans but, in my humble opinion, is good for the state.
  • I was pleasantly surprised to see Kathleen Williams win the Democrat U.S. House At-Large primary. I thought John Heenan would win. A couple months ago a person involved in Democrat politics told me that Williams would do well. She may be the underdog to Republican Greg Gianforte, but Williams has more experience than he has in the legislative process.
  • I think the U.S. House At-Large race “Leans Republican.” Don’t underestimate Williams, though.

Sheriff Bob Edwards:

I was happy to see Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards lose in the Democrat primary to Jesse Slaughter.

Let me repeat that, I was happy to see Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards lose in the Democrat primary to Jesse Slaughter.

In an interview with the Great Falls Tribune, it was reported that he [Edwards] did throw a last-minute jab at Slaughter as an inexperienced candidate for the office.

“If Mr. Slaughter gets in there, he has no idea about the sheriff’s office,” he said. “It’s actually scary, in my opinion.”

That was a cheap shot and now can be used against Slaughter in the General Election by his Republican opponent. That statement from Edwards has sore loser written all over it.

At least Slaughter has not embarrassed the county by having a “domestic disturbance incident” or by losing his certifications to be a Sheriff and Coroner.

I think Bob Edwards needs professional help. Let’s all hope he gets it before he has another “domestic disturbance incident” that turns out worse than the last one.

August Recess:

I got a chuckle out of a press release from U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) about the August recess:

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has responded to Daines’ demands and cancelled the Senate’s upcoming August recess to help avoid last minute funding battles and push through the backlog of judicial nominees currently before the U.S. Senate.

The real reason the August recess is cancelled is because the Republicans want to keep Democrats from campaigning in August. It’s really that simple.

One of those Democrats who would be campaigning is Jon Tester. He released this statement:

“Defending Montana in Washington is my first and most important responsibility. Congress has a lot to get done, including investing in our schools, expanding access to broadband, strengthening small businesses so they can hire more folks, and passing a good Farm Bill that gives family farmers and ranchers certainty. Montanans don’t quit until the job is done and Congress shouldn’t either. I will work with anyone who is willing to keep stacking more important bills on President Trump’s desk this summer.”

I’ve always disliked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He seems like a chickenshit. The Senate will be better when he is gone. We’ll see how his little trick plays out in November.


Apparently, former University of Montana Griz Coach Robin Selvig plagiarized some reporting by David Murray of the Great Falls Tribune. Selvig used part of a story Murray wrote when he (Selvig) was giving a commencement address to the graduates of Big Sky High School in Missoula.

Selvig apologized and Murray accepted. Murray was able to get some prime space on the almost dead Great Falls Tribune opinion page to tell the story.

It’s nice that all is well. I wondered if Selvig was a politician if we would have seen a different response from people across Montana.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to vote for your candidate in The Western Word polls!

To vote for Montana U.S. Senate, click HERE

To vote for Montana U.S. House At-Large, click HERE.

I plan to post the results on Monday.