The Wednesday Read: Kavulla, MO Senate, & Michael

I am running a little late today in posting my column – I had to take a lab (blood) test this morning and I was up late studying. -JmB

Today’s topics include:

  • Travis Kavulla
  • U.S. Senate – Missouri
  • Hurricane Michael

Travis Kavulla:

The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that Montana Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Travis Kavulla has been named as director of energy and environmental policy at the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization.

He will begin work in January after he is done serving on the PSC.

Kavulla moving to D.C. is a big loss for Montana. I’ve known him for years and he is one of the most intelligent people I have met. I like his approach to politics and I sincerely hope he comes back to Montana and runs for public office in the future.

U.S. Senate – Missouri:

I think one of the closest Senate races in the country will be in my birth state, Missouri. The race pits Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill against Republican state Attorney General Josh Hawley.

According to this story from Reuters, Hawley leads McCaskill 45-44.

Missouri is pretty conservative and most counties outside of Kansas City and St. Louis will go to Hawley. McCaskill will need a strong showing in these areas and hold her own in some of the conservative areas to win. I am surprised that Hawley is not further ahead.

The funny thing about McCaskill is she is pretty middle of the road in political terms. In 2017, she ranked 59th in the Senate on the conservative ideology scale with only five Democrats more conservative than her. (Source)

By the way, Montana’s U.S. Senator Jon Tester is ranked more conservative than McCaskill. (#56)

Hurricane Michael:

Back in my military days, I made it through a typhoon while stationed in Guam. I actually sat in a pickup in the Weapons Storage Area during the storm keeping nukes and other resources secure when the typhoon hit. There was no escaping it. It was part of the job. The winds peaked at 120-140 mph. It was a category 4 typhoon.

What is the difference between a typhoon, hurricane, and cyclone? Click HERE for the answer.

So I get a kick out of how much media attention is paid when there’s a hurricane going to hit somewhere in the USA. Most of the time, the coverage is over the top. Then we get to watch the idiots standing out in the storm to show us the strong winds. Duh.