Thursday Numbers

Quote for the day…

I can’t decide if people who wear pajamas in public have given up on life or are living it to the fullest. -Unknown

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

This week’s topics include Trump’s online donors, unemployment, deaths from coronavirus, Montanans fully immunized, billionaires, The Western Word poll results, Biden’s infrastructure plan, political party ID, the Hughes brothers of Montana, executive actions on gun violence, plus much more!


Online donors were guided into weekly recurring contributions to Donald Trump’s campaign. Demands for refunds spiked. In the final two and a half months of 2020, the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and their shared accounts issued more than 530,000 refunds worth $64.3 million to online donors. All campaigns make refunds for various reasons, including to people who give more than the legal limit. But the sum the Trump operation refunded dwarfed that of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign and his equivalent Democratic committees, which made 37,000 online refunds totaling $5.6 million in that time. (New York Times)

This was a dirty way to treat your donors…


In the week ending April 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 744,000, an increase of 16,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 9,000 from 719,000 to 728,000. The 4-week moving average was 723,750, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 2,250 from 719,000 to 721,250. (DOL)

*Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.


That is how many people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 559,117 deaths and 30,923,521 cases across the country so far. The first death in the USA was reported on February 29, 2020. (Johns Hopkins)

Last week the death total was 552,073.


That is how many Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. (SOURCE)

Last week the number of fully immunized Montanans was 191,512.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s estimated population in July 2019 was 1,068,778.

I say this every week, but this is just a small percentage of Montanans who are fully immunized. We should all be wearing masks and practicing social distancing until we have a higher percentage of fully immunized Montanans.


The number of billionaires on Forbes’ 35th annual list of the world’s wealthiest exploded to an unprecedented 2,755–660 more than a year ago. (Forbes)

I missed making the list by just a little…


Here are the results from the latest poll from The Western Word that asked, “What grade would you give the Montana Legislature so far?”

A: 0%
B: 2%
C: 3%
D: 16%
F: 79%

It is very simple – the Montana Legislature pretty much sucks.

Thanks to all who participated!


According to a new poll from the Morning Consult and Politico, three out of five voters broadly support President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. More telling, nearly two-thirds of voters support Biden’s proposal on how to fund the package. The Consult/Politico survey found that 65 percent of Americans are on board with a 15-year corporate tax hike to fund infrastructure, while only 21 percent oppose increasing corporate tax rates. (

Biden will need to modify it some to get it passed.


In Gallup polling throughout the first quarter of 2021, an average of 49% of U.S. adults identified with the Democratic Party or said they are independents who lean toward the Democratic Party. That compares with 40% who identified as Republicans or Republican leaners. The nine-percentage-point Democratic advantage is the largest Gallup has measured since the fourth quarter of 2012. (Gallup)

We’ll see how this affects the midterm elections…


Joshua Calvin Hughes and Jerod Wade Hughes, brothers from East Helena facing charges related to the U.S. Capitol riot in January, have been granted pre-trial release. The brothers face nine charges which include obstruction of an official proceeding, obstruct/impede/interfere with law enforcement during a civil disorder, and entering the Capitol Building with the Intent to disrupt official business. (MTN News)

These nutjobs were shown on video breaking the law. They should not be granted pre-trial release.


President Biden will announce on Thursday six executive actions geared towards preventing all forms of gun violence, including mass shootings, community violence, domestic violence, and suicide. (The Hill)

These actions will cause the righties to panic, and the Republicans will raise tons of money by saying, “Biden is trying to take your guns.”


2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. How about the number $267,000,000, which is the number Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick of Great Falls wants to hang on Montana electricity ratepayers to shield Northwestern Energy shareholders from risk should they buy out Unit 4 of Colstrip and it closes before 2042. It allows to the utility to keep recovering costs even if it isn’t generating electricity. One scenario makes each rate-paying customer responsible for $721.

    Unit 4 is the unit that Puget Sound Energy has been trying to get out from under, and that NW has been negotiating to buy out, on and off, including for $1 while sticking ratepayers with paying the entire “market price”, That was a deal too heinous even for our very industry friendly PSC. But now legislation to enable that same crummy deal is back, over the opposition of the PSC, thanks to Sen. Fitzpatrick, the son of the former long-time lobbyist for Northwestern.

    “Fitzpatrick told [Montana Free Press] that SB 379 was drafted ‘primarily by NorthWestern Energy.’ [Current NWE lobbyist] Hoffman confirmed that the ‘concepts here really come from us.'”

    Sen. Fitzpatrick also tried to put in language that would basically neuter the PSC in regard to regulation of coal-fired coal-fired utilities.

    This bill is scheduled for its 3rd reading in the Senate today, and then heads to the House.

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    • Terry – I am terribly disappointed in Fitzpatrick. I thought he was a moderate who would fight the wackos. He seems to have given up and joined the crowd. Thanks, JmB

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