Quote for the day…
Be the reason someone smiles today. – Anonymous
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
>Gianforte & COVID-19
>VA Secretary & Tester
GIANFORTE & COVID-19:
I was not too surprised to read that Montana Governor Greg Gianforte tested positive for COVID-19.
The Associated Press reported that Gianforte plans to isolate for 10 days on the advice of his doctor and public health guidance.
It is kind of ironic that Gianforte is listening to “his doctor” and “public health guidance.” Most doctors and public health officials encourage people to social distance and wear masks. The mask mandate was ended by Gianforte.
This would be a great time for Gianforte to urge Montanans to mask up and practice social distancing. I won’t hold my breath.
Get well soon, Governor!
VA SECRETARY & TESTER:
Being the chairman of a U.S. Senate committee has its perks. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) is chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs committee and that gives him a lot of clout.
Overall, Tester has more clout than U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) combined.
It was not much of a surprise that the new Veteran Affairs Secretary, Denis McDonough, made Montana his first stop – and he is visiting Montana for three days.
Applause to Tester for making this happen.
Read the Associated Press report about the visit HERE.
Don’t forget to participate in the latest poll from The Western Word that asks you to grade the Montana Legislature thus far.
Click HERE to participate.
The results will be released on Thursday.
There were a couple of decisions released by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that caught my attention.
According to the Associated Press:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was fighting a Connecticut court sanction in a defamation lawsuit brought by relatives of some of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Good for the relatives. Now it’s time to hold Jones accountable.
Read the full AP report about the Alex Jones case HERE.
According to the AP:
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a case over former President Donald Trump’s efforts to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The court said there was nothing left to the case after Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter and ended his presidential term in January.
Now that is funny.
Read the full report from the AP HERE.