Quote for the day…
If I offended you, cry me a river. I’ll bring snacks and a raft. I will literally float down your tears eating chips and working on my tan. -iFunny
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- Great Falls City Commission
- U.S. Senator Steve Daines
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse will go to the jury this week. For background, the Associated Press (AP) covers the charges facing Rittenhouse HERE.
This week’s poll question asks, “Will Kyle Rittenhouse be found guilty or not guilty?”
The results will be released later this week.
GREAT FALLS CITY COMMISSION:
The Electric reported last week that the Great Falls City Commission has scheduled a vote for their Nov. 16 meeting to appoint Eric Hinebauch to the commission to fill the vacancy created by Tracy Houck. Houck announced her resignation on Nov. 4 to be effective Nov. 5 and under the city charter, “when a vacancy occurs, the City Commission may, by majority vote of its remaining members, appoint a person, eligible to hold such office, to fill the vacancy of the city commissioner or mayor until the next regular city election. The person elected at the next regular city election shall serve the unexpired term of the office in which the vacancy occurred.”
It was also reported that state law requires that the vacancy be filled within 30 days. The city charter nor state law specify the process by which the city should fill a vacancy on the commission.
I did not vote for Hinebauch. He finished third in the latest election, in which only two people were elected commissioners. I don’t think being the “first loser” should give him the upper hand, but it seems as though it does. I suggest after the commissioners appoint him, that they come up with a plan that specifies the process that must be used when there is a commission vacancy. It only makes sense.
Read the full report from The Electric HERE.
U.S. SENATOR STEVE DAINES:
I received an email update from the Office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). I was surprised at the content of the email.
The email came through his official (taxpayer-funded) U.S. Senate account (@daines.senate.gov). In other words, every Montanan paid for the email, like we pay his salary, his travel, and for his office space.
The email opened with “As a result of President Biden and the Democrats’ wasteful spending proposals…”
The second paragraph starts with, “In fact, because of Biden’s inflation crisis AND his anti-American energy agenda…”
The third paragraph had this line, “President Biden and the Democrats’ reckless tax and spending spree bill they’re trying to pass in Congress will only make things worse.”
The fourth paragraph has this line, “I’ll continue to fight back against the Democrats’ reckless spending proposals…”
After reading his email, Daines was basically campaigning for Republicans and against Democrats and Joe Biden.
Email updates from taxpayer-funded accounts should be non-partisan. I can’t believe this email passed the scrutiny of the Senate Ethics Committee.
I plan to forward Daines’ email to the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee for review along with a “strongly-worded letter” objecting to his partisan attacks in what should be a non-partisan communication.
Emails like this divide us. I expect to hear what my elected officials are doing to help me and my state and not partisan attacks.
I’ll keep you posted.