Quote for the day…
It’s the start that stops most people. – Don Shula
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- Third-Party/Independent Candidates
- Jury Duty
- Some Good News
- Reading Assignments
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you approve of Elon Musk buying Twitter?” (Background)
The results will be posted later this week.
Tuesday, May 3, is the School and Special Purpose District Elections in Montana. Please make sure you vote!
Lee Newspapers has a story titled “Third-party candidates are on the rise in Montana. But, will it matter?”
The short answer is, “No.”
The Republicans and Democrats have made it tough for independent candidates to get on the ballots. Just imagine if we had more independents serving in the legislature!
I think it should be as easy for independent candidates to get on the ballot as it is for Republicans and Democrats. Lee Newspapers singles in on Gary Buchanan who is running as an independent in US House District 2. Buchanan will need to collect signatures to get on the ballot. If I am reading the “rules’ correctly he will need 8,722 signatures by May 31.
Buchanan has some support so he may make it. He is devoting a lot of time and energy just getting on the ballot.
If they made it as easy for Independents to get on the ballot as they do for Democrats and Republicans, I would probably throw my hat in the ring for a legislative seat – and I would win.
Republicans and Democrats – what are you afraid of?
Read the Lee Newspaper story HERE.
Today (May 2) I was supposed to report for jury duty in State District Court in Great Falls. I delayed some things I was planning so I could be prepared. On Friday evening I called the jury number and was told that the trial was delayed. I must call back on May 13 to see if I need to report on May 16.
I think it’s bullshit to have to wait. I changed my schedule. Since the attorneys can’t get their shit together, then call another pool of jurors for May 16.
Is it even legal to keep jurors hanging like this? I will do some research.
In the immortal words of Eminem, “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance…”
On another note, I have written to the three courts Great Falls Municipal Court, the State District Court (Cascade County), and the U.S. District Court voicing my concerns about the number of times I have put on notice for jury duty:
In 2021 I was alerted of possible jury service three times in all three of your courts. In 2020, I was also alerted of possible jury service three times in two of your courts.
It’s 2022, and I am back on the list again.
I will let you know when I get a response. I asked for responses in writing.
SOME GOOD NEWS:
I was notified that I am a winner in the “Conlin’s Furniture Bracket Buster Giveaway” sponsored by KRTV. The contest was for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.
I won a ROKU Express streaming device! Is this a great country or what?
Thanks to KRTV and Conlin’s for putting on this contest!
Here are some articles you should read…
GF Tribune – Complaint: Great Falls police officer fired after reporting abuse, stalking by fellow cop
There seem to be some problems in the Great Falls Police Department…
Helena IR – Prison sergeant responds to report on white nationalist ties
He is threatening to tell Fox News about the attack on him…
AlterNet – Twitter erupts with questions after Ted Cruz says Disney will show ‘Mickey and Pluto going at it’
I wonder if Cruz knows he will never be President…