Leave the gun – take the cannoli. – Peter Clemenza (Godfather)
Here are some issues that caught my attention for today:
- Green Party
- Daines & Russia
- Prump Tutin
There was some big news coming out of Helena yesterday. Lee Newspapers reported that Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds is ordering the Montana Green Party removed from the ballot this fall, saying the group did not submit enough valid signatures to qualify.
This is good news for Montana Democrats – there are Green Party candidates on the ballot for U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, a Republican, will almost surely appeal the ruling. Having the Green Party on the ballot may just be the only way the Republicans can beat U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D).
Daines & Russia:
Montana’s junior U.S. Senator spent part of his Independence Day break in Russia along with several other Republican senators.
Daines said they warned Russia about several issues. (Billings Gazette)
I can imagine Daines using his best “Good Fellas” language saying, “Don’t mess wit our elections, kapeesh, or you’ll be sleeping with the fishes.”
Probably the real reason our junior first-term senator was allowed to go to Russia is the more senior senators needed someone to carry their luggage and pour vodka shots.
With the second pick of his term, President Donald J. Trump selected federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Reuters)
Kavanaugh was one of the two names I was hearing that made the shortlist.
Now the fun begins. The Democrats will try to derail the pick while the Republicans will try to hold their narrow senate majority together to get Kavanaugh confirmed.
New York Magazine has a really interesting (long) article titled:
“Prump Tutin – Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler? A plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion.”
The article begs the question – has Donald Trump been working in some capacity with the Russians since 1987?
Maybe the Russians have so much on Trump that he’s been spying for Russia since 1987.
I think we need Jack Ryan to investigate…