Tuesday’s Quick Hits

A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. – Adlai Stevenson II

Tuesday’s Quick Hits is the column where I post a short narrative from recent major stories and provide brief commentary.

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Great Falls City Commission Debate
  • Daines Telephone Townhall
  • Adam Schiff Censure Attempt
  • One More Thing


This story made me laugh…

The Great Falls Tribune reported late Monday afternoon about a “dustup” following Thursday’s Great Falls City Commission debate.

The Tribune reported that City Commission candidate Rick Tryon, a Republican, and Bill Strizich, vice chairman of the Cascade County Democratic Party, locked horns following the two-hour forum which was held at Great Falls College MSU. After some verbal jousting between the political opponents, Tryon apparently told Strizich they could settle the issue in the parking lot.

By the way, Great Falls College MSU had work done on their parking lot this summer and it would be a really nice place to settle issues.

The Tribune reported that the dispute was not settled in the parking lot, and the two men parted ways without a physical altercation.

Darn it!

You can read the full Tribune article HERE.

I am a resident of Great Falls and I vote in all the elections. I also advise several members of my family and friends about candidates. I have not completely decided on which two candidates (of six) I will vote for in the upcoming election. I do plan on voting for current commissioner Tracy Houck. She has done a fine job in her first term.

On the other hand, I know that I won’t be voting for Rick Tryon. I think Tryon and his followers complain way too much. I did not like the way he handled his loss to Houck a few years ago. With him wanting to “settle the issue in the parking lot” that seals the deal for me about Tryon. From some of the social media posts I’ve seen about the “dustup,” it looks like a lot of others feel the same way about him.

That leaves me with one vote for one of the remaining four commission candidates.


I received a recorded robocall from U.S. Senator Steve Daines Monday at 1:04 p.m. Not many people have my cell phone number, but Daines called me on it. He called from 406-443-3189.

Daines left a recorded message saying he was hosting a “live telephone townhall” at 6:00 p.m. and that he would call back at that time.

I did not answer when he called back at 6:05 p.m. for a few reasons:

First of all, Jeopardy is on at that time and not much interrupts my Jeopardy time.

Second, when Jeopardy is in commercial and when it ends, I am watching Monday Night Football.

Third, I think hosting a “live telephone townhall” is a chickenshit way of dealing with constituents. If the call would have been to attend an “in-person” townhall in Great Falls, I would have probably attended.

I will go ahead and block Daines’ number so he won’t interrupt me again.


Reuters and others reported that Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday blocked a Republican effort to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over statements he has made related to an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. As expected, the Democratic-controlled House voted 218-185 to block consideration of the Republican measure, thus shelving it.

I know some Republican Representatives were quick to send out messages that they voted to censure Adam Schiff. One that I follow from my old stomping grounds, Sam Graves (MO-6), posted on his official Facebook page that he “just voted to censure Chairman Adam Schiff.” Graves did not say that the vote failed, which left his followers thinking he had finally accomplished something since being elected in 2001.

This vote was bound to fail with the Democrats controlling the House.


“You people with this phony emoluments clause.” – President Donald Trump (AP)

Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Beam me up, Scotty!