Quote for the Day…
I think I figured out why our generation is common-sense smart. We had lawn darts and clacker balls to take out the stupid ones. – 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:
- Zinke’s Blown Deadline
- AG Austin Knudsen
- The Western Word Poll Results
- Reading Assignments
ZINKE’S BLOWN DEADLINE:
Lee Newspapers reported earlier this week that Republican Ryan Zinke’s campaign for Montana’s western congressional seat acknowledged this week that it blew a deadline to submit a report detailing the former Interior Secretary’s finances and promised to file the disclosure statement “in a timely manner.”
When I posted the article on my Twitter feed, it received lots of likes and many retweets. Many people dislike Zinke because of his ties to former President Donald Trump and for his time as Secretary of the Interior.
Zinke may have screwed up filing his report, but I think it will take more than blowing a disclosure deadline for him to lose this race. I just don’t see anyone left or right at this time who can compete with him. It is a long time until election day, so a lot can happen.
One thing I did notice in the article is that so far the race is ripe with rich people. Do we really need more millionaires representing us?
Read the complete article from Lee Newspapers HERE.
ATTORNEY GENERAL AUSTIN KNUDSEN:
It seems every few days there’s an article about Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen getting involved in some sketchy stuff – stuff that makes most political observers shake their heads in disbelief.
The latest is a report from MTN News. Here are some of the details:
Helena restaurant manager John Schneider says he feared for his life last November when a patron upset about being told to leave the premises for not wearing a mask fought with him and then allegedly threatened him with a gun.
And now that Attorney General Austin Knudsen has agreed to a plea deal giving the customer a $50 fine for disorderly conduct – Schneider told MTN News he doesn’t think justice is being done.
According to MTN News, Rodney Smith, the man charged in the Nov. 6, 2020, incident at the Hokkaido Restaurant in downtown Helena, initially faced charges of felony assault, misdemeanor assault, and two counts of illegally carrying a concealed weapon.
Those charges were reduced to a $50 fine by Knudsen. I guess it pays to have friends in high places.
A judge will have to approve it, according to the article. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9 before state District Judge Kathy Seeley, on whether to approve the plea deal.
In my humble opinion, there’s no way that Seeley should approve this plea deal. I hope she puts Knudsen in his place and tells him to stay in his lane. Somebody needs to do it.
Read the complete article from MTN News HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
The University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats both made the FCS football playoffs. They both earned first-round byes and will next play on December 3 & 4.
This week’s poll question asked, “Which team will go further in the FCS Playoffs?” Here are the results:
MONTANA GRIZZLIES: 35.29%
MONTANA STATE BOBCATS: 26.47%
ELIMINATED IN SAME ROUND: 23.53%
I DON’T CARE/UNDECIDED: 14.71%
Thanks for participating!
Here are a few articles that you should read…
St. Peter’s responds to special counsel report, stands by claims of threats from state officials
Shame on the state officials…
Donors raise more than $950,000 to help Missouri man wrongfully convicted in 1979
Missouri needs to change its laws to help people like Kevin Strickland…