The Wednesday Read

Don’t forget to drink water and get sunlight. You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • The Dudik Violation
  • Bullock Town Halls
  • Mueller, Mueller
  • Star-Studded Reading

The Dudik Violation:

The Missoulian reported yesterday that Montana’s political cop on Tuesday found Kimberly Dudik, a state representative from Missoula and Democratic candidate for attorney general, in violation of campaign practice laws for an email blast to university staff in May.

Wow. The Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan is really cracking down on the extreme violators of Montana’s political practices rules, isn’t he?

I feel safer already. Go Mangan go!

Fact is, faithful readers; this is a nothingburger.

The Missoulian also reported that a similar matter was dismissed against U.S. House Rep. Greg Gianforte in 2016, during his Republican bid for governor. In that case, Gianforte had sent campaign emails to the Deer Lodge County staff in Anaconda, and done so knowingly by purchasing a government email list from the Montana Association of Counties.

You could probably walk into any local, state, federal office and check inboxes and find all sorts of emails dealing with campaigns. Heck, I know of a couple people who used their government email to sign up to find single people in their area.

Candidates sending emails to government email addresses is a minor issue, but government employees using their emails for political purposes is a major issue in the real world.

On the other hand, I can see Dudik’s opponent use this in the campaign for Montana Attorney General saying, “How can you trust her as Attorney General when she broke the law?”

Bullock Town Halls:

What should a candidate for President do if he is not invited to the debate? Montana Governor and Presidential candidate Steve Bullock will hold a televised town hall meeting on each day of the debate, with one in Iowa and one in New Hampshire.

MTN News has the story HERE.

After this week, Bullock will have held more “in person” town hall meetings than Senator Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte combined.

Mueller, Mueller:

Roll Call reported that the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees issued a subpoena Tuesday night for Robert S. Mueller III to testify in open session on July 17, and the former special counsel agreed to appear.

This probably won’t be as big a deal as Democrats want it to be. Mueller already said his testimony is in the report. I don’t see him deviating from it much.

Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Star-Studded Reading:

Reuters is reporting that Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is getting a star-studded staged reading on Monday. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Hamill, Alyssa Milano, and Annette Bening are among some 20 actors who will perform a reading of the report in New York City that will be live-streamed, organizers announced.

The name of the reading is “The Investigation: Search for the Truth in Ten Acts.”

I wonder if they will go off-script.

I’m thinking “Larry the Cable Guy” would be a great addition to the reading team!

If he was still alive, Chris Farley playing Matt Foley would have been a hoot. Foley was the character who gave motivational talks about being 35 years old, eating a steady diet of government cheese, being thrice divorced, and living in a van down by the river.