Quote for the Day…
The fact that jellyfish have survived for 650 million years despite not having brains is great news for you. – Unknown
Welcome to Caught My Eye (CME)!
CME is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Asking for a Friend (Update)
- Gianforte & The Feds
- Montana Chatter
- U.S. Senate – Missouri
- One More Thing
ASKING FOR A FRIEND (UPDATE):
Readers may remember earlier this week (Wednesday) I posted the following:
Here’s an interesting question sent to me by a reader…
If a Facebook page based in Montana is spending money for Facebook ads that are either for or against candidates, does the administrator of that Facebook page need to report the expenditures to the Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP)?
The ads this friend has seen are reposts of stories that are negative or positive depending on if they support or don’t support the candidate.
Early Wednesday morning the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) send me a direct message on Twitter and a little later followed it up with an email. Later that day I received a two-page response from COPP.
I am very impressed with their quick action.
After reviewing the information, I provided it to my friend and my friend had a question and provided some additional information for clarification. I hope to post the response next week. Stay tuned!
GIANFORTE & THE FEDS:
On Thursday Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) made me chuckle when he issued a press release saying, “Biden Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors Violates Montana Law.”
You can read the press release HERE.
I guess we may see this decided in court, but I don’t think Biden’s vaccine mandate violates Montana law. It might if Biden singled out state contractors, but it clearly singles out federal contractors. The Governor has the say over State Government and the President has the say over the Federal Government.
I know there will be Facebook and Twitter constitutional scholars who will bring up the 10th Amendment, and that is fine. As I said, the court will probably decide this.
The bottom line is this is nothing but political posturing.
One final message to Gianforte: Stay in your lane, bro.
There was some chatter on social media this week about an article in the Washington Post and New York Times about Montana.
Read the article from the NY Times *HERE.
Read the article from the WaPo *HERE.
*The articles may be behind a paywall.
One of the conservative commentators said that maybe these stories will discourage their readers from wanting to move to Montana.
The conservatives in Montana, while trying to keep outsiders away from our state, seem to forget that their three major elected officials, Daines, Rosendale, and Gianforte were all born elsewhere and migrated here.
I guess the rich, right-leaning outsiders are OK for the conservatives in Montana.
Do these conservatives understand when they say negative things about outsiders, it probably hurts the state?
Probably the best Senator to ever represent Montana, Mike Mansfield, was born in New York City.
Damn those outsiders.
As I said about seven years ago, “I wasn’t born here, but I blog here.”
So, take that…
U.S. SENATE – MISSOURI:
I follow the politics in Missouri some (I was born there) and was shocked to read the story about Republican Missouri Senate candidate Mark McCloskey.
As reported in the Kansas City Star (a great newspaper), McCloskey told an audience last week he believes 13-year-old rape and incest victims should not be allowed to have abortions, stating he had a client who was raped at 13 but who gave birth to a child who now has a master’s degree.
The Star also reported that McCloskey and his wife were catapulted to fame last summer when they brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protesters who were marching down their street in St. Louis.
If McCloskey wins the primary, it makes the chances of a Democrat winning the U.S. Senate seat a little better (Remember Todd Akin).
Read the complete story from the Kansas City Star HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
For those who have elections next week, don’t forget to return your ballots.