Tuesday’s Quick Hits

The lottery gives you a 1 in 200 million chance that you won’t go to work tomorrow. Tequila gives you a 1 in 5. –Unknown

The Western Word is coming to you, STILL coronavirus free, from deep inside an underground bunker in Montana. The bunker also serves as the worldwide headquarters for The Western Word blog!

Here are the topics for today:

  • It’s Super Tuesday
  • REAL ID Update
  • Williams Picks Buzz
  • One More Thing


This is an exciting day in the political world! If you live in one the “Super Tuesday” states make sure you vote today!

The “Super Tuesday” states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. American Samoa has a Democratic caucus. (NY Times)

I will be monitoring the results tonight. Follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord for updates!


The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) has asked President Donald Trump to delay the requirements of the Real ID Act of 2005 for one year for Montanans, saying the state was having difficulty meeting the October deadline for compliance.

Maybe if Montana and paranoid people like Daines would not have fought so hard against REAL ID, Montana would already be in compliance.

Last year I wrote these words about REAL ID:

Remember back when the 2007 Montana Legislature passed a law saying the state would not comply with regulations of the REAL ID Act?

Remember back in 2008 when Governor Brian Schweitzer aired a campaign ad showing him shooting clay pigeons, and he said taping a federal ID card to a clay pigeon gave him motivation.

Remember all the politicians, Tester, Daines, Zinke, Bullock, Fox, who were against REAL ID?

It was pure paranoia.

All along I said that “Freedom is not free” and if push comes to shove over REAL ID, the Feds will win.

They did.

If I were a betting man, I would bet that Trump grants Daines’ request. It’s an election year so security does not matter as much to those on the ballot.

The good thing is that maybe if the request is granted the state will stop running those stupid REAL ID commercials for awhile…


The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Whitney Williams named Milo “Buzz” Lightyear Mattelin of Culbertson as her running mate, saying his experience in agriculture would serve him well as lieutenant governor in helping Montana’s families.

OK, thanks…

It looks as though of all the gubernatorial candidates on both sides so far, Democrat Mike Cooney picked a running mate (House minority leader Casey Schreiner) who has the best name recognition.


To my friends in Stanford, Lewistown, and Glendive – with wind gusts in Great Falls between 50-60 mph yesterday, my hat blew off my head while I was outside. Since you are east of Great Falls, be on the lookout.

P.S. It is not a MAGA hat…