Thursday Numbers

Don’t blame a clown for acting like a clown. Ask yourself why you keep going to the circus. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Greg Gianforte is first, unemployment, State of the Union, Sales Tax bill, State of the Union polls, Shopko, the political crisis in Virginia, Montana microbreweries’ tap-room hours, Trump’s first rally of 2019, and much more!

135,700,000

That’s the net worth ($135.7 million) of Montana’s U.S. Representative, Greg Gianforte, which makes him the wealthiest member of Congress. (Business Insider)

I am wondering what type of Christmas gifts Gianforte gives his staffers…

234,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)

5,540

That is how many words were contained in President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. (presidency.ucsb.edu)

426

A 426-page bill that would cut some property taxes, create a statewide sales taxes and shutter Department of Revenue offices in Montana counties was heard Wednesday by a state panel in which some opponents said there should be a discussion on Montana’s tax structure instead. The bill is House Bill 300 by Rep. Kerry White, R-Bozeman. (GF Tribune)

I thought Republicans were against raising taxes?

“Hell NO” to a sales tax in Montana.

76

A CNN “instant poll” following President Trump’s State of the Union speech found that 76% approved (either very positive reaction or a somewhat positive reaction). A CBS News poll also found that 76% approved of his speech. (ThisWeek.com)

These results probably create a dilemma for Trump supporters because they hate CNN and CBS and call them fake news…

38

Shopko has announced that it will be closing an additional 38 stores (including the one in Great Falls), relocating over 20 Optical centers to freestanding locations, and conducting an auction process for its pharmacy business. (Press Release)

Sad deal – a lot of people will be out of a job.

3

The political crisis in Virginia spun out of control Wednesday when the state’s attorney general confessed to putting on blackface in the 1980s and a woman went public with detailed allegations of sexual assault against the lieutenant governor. With Gov. Ralph Northam’s career already hanging by a thread over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, the day’s developments threatened to take down all three of Virginia’s top elected officials, all of them Democrats. (AP)

Hello Virginia…Help Wanted!

2

Tavern and restaurant owners lined up Tuesday to oppose a bill extending microbreweries’ tap-room hours from 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Montana, saying it gives craft brewers an unfair competitive advantage on retail sales of beer. (MTN News)

The Tavern Association runs the Montana Legislature…it’s TWO FREAKING HOURS!

1:22:25

That is how long (1 hour 22 minutes and 25 seconds) President Trump’s State of the Union address was Tuesday night. (presidency.ucsb.edu)

It was too long…it started to remind me of a few Fidel Castro speeches…

1

Here we go Campaign 2020 – President Trump’s campaign on Wednesday announced that he will hold his first rally of 2019 in El Paso, Texas, on Monday. (The Hill)

It should be a fun two years…

 

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