Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Big Money, Planned Parenthood & Kavanaugh, & Trump’s Trouble

I finally quit drinking for good – now I drink for evil. –Anonymous

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Montana’s Most Expensive Political Campaign
  • Planned Parenthood & Justice Kavanaugh
  • Trump’s Simple Private Transaction

Most Expensive Political Campaign:

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that final numbers show more than $70 million was spent in the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and his Trump-backed challenger, Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale.

The AP says including money spent in the June primary brings the election’s total price tag to about $73 million, which makes it the most expensive political campaign in Montana history.

That will be a record probably until Montana’s next U.S. Senate election in 2020. First term U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R) is up for reelection.

For comparison, in the U.S. Senate race in Texas, Democrat Beto O’Rourke raised $80.3 million and Republican Ted Cruz raised $38.9 million. (Texas Tribune)

Planned Parenthood & Justice Kavanaugh:

Conservatives and liberals thought the addition of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court would further restrict abortion.

Not so fast.

Roll Call reported that the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by two states that want to cut Medicaid funds from providers like Planned Parenthood, keeping in place lower court opinions that anti-abortion advocates oppose. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the more liberal justices in rejecting the appeal.

It was the right decision. Sometimes nominees to the high court do follow the constitution.

Trump’s Simple Private Transaction:

President Donald Trump says via Twitter that payments made by his lawyer during the 2016 campaign to two women to buy their silence about their alleged affairs with him were a “simple private transaction.”

According to Reuters, Trump has denied affairs with Stormy Daniels and the other woman who his lawyer, Michael Cohen, said was given hush money, former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Trump may think that it was a “simple private transaction” but it appears the payments were made to help him in his campaign for President of the United States.

It could end up being a felony. Trump cheated.

Of course, the courts will have the final say. I’m betting Trump broke campaign finance laws, but I don’t think that is an impeachable offense.

A word to the wise – Democrats need to be careful about trying to impeach Donald Trump – they would need about 20 Senate Republicans to go along with them.