The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive…learn to let it go. – Unknown

In today’s column, I look at these people/issues:

  • Election Results & Thoughts
  • U.S. Representative Sam Graves
  • The Western Word Poll


First, a big thank you to all the candidates who ran for office.

I figured the Republican primary race for Montana’s 2nd Congressional District would be called early and the Associated Press called it at 8:42 pm for Republican Matt Rosendale. Rosendale will face Democrat Penny Ronning and Libertarian Sam Rankin in November.

When the first set of numbers from the Great Falls Tribune were posted for the Cascade County Sheriff’s race, I was surprised that incumbent Sheriff Jesse Slaughter was winning by 4800 votes over Jay Groskreutz with 90% of the votes counted. With what is probably an insurmountable lead in the primary race and with no Democrat challenger in November, Slaughter will win another four-year term.

The Republican primary race for Montana’s 1st Congressional District was neck and neck with Al Olszewski leading Ryan Zinke early, but then Zinke came back to take the lead by about 1400 votes with 36% of the votes in. Then Olszewski came back to take a slight lead with 60% of the votes counted. Then Zinke took a two-vote lead with 62% of the vote in around 10:30 pm. This race may take a while to decide.

On the Democratic side, Monica Tranel trounced her opponents, Tranel had a 10,000-vote lead with 39% of the votes in. She was declared the winner at 10:16 pm.

Another interesting race is for Montana Supreme Court with Ingrid Gustafson leading James Brown by about 28,000 votes. There’s still a long way to go in this race at post time.

Early numbers show Yellowstone voters voting against overturning the approval of recreational marijuana sales, 58 percent to 42 percent. (Source) Maybe that will end the reefer madness…

You can see the unofficial results from Cascade County by clicking HERE.

I’ll discuss the primary election more Friday.


U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) represents the area where I was born in Missouri. He has been in that seat since 2001 and, frankly, has done nothing except use Republican talking points to get reelected. If you asked anyone in the Sixth District to name a bill he sponsored that passed, they would probably come up empty.

I understand that the Sixth District is very conservative, but why not elect a conservative who will do some work?

I follow Graves on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the happenings. Today he was using the Republican talking points about the high gas prices saying the following:

The average price for a gallon of gas in America is now $4.91.
The average price when President Biden took office? Just $2.39
In less than a year and a half, the price of gas has DOUBLED—thanks to the President’s war on American energy.
Americans have had enough of this Green New Deal nonsense.
We need an all-the-above American energy strategy to get gas prices under control.
The President needs to step up.

I replied with: The average price per gallon when you took office in 2001 was $1.42. See how the game is played…😂

Some locally elected officials who have no idea about gas prices (or much of anything else) are determined to blame Biden.

Kiplinger, which is a publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, spells out the reasons for the high gas prices in simple terms that even a commissioner or do-nothing U.S. Representative could understand:

First, they report that “No single person, company or even government controls gas prices. Instead, there are several reasons why Americans are facing increasing pain when they fill up their vehicles.”

Here are the reasons:

  • COVID Crushed Oil Demand … Then Crushed Oil Production
  • War in Ukraine Threatens Russian Oil Exports
  • U.S. Trying to Move Away From Oil
  • Energy Companies Not Rushing to Drill

I’ve been involved in politics long enough to realize that how voters feel at the polls is connected to their pocketbooks. It is a long way to November and a lot longer to November 2024.

Read the complete report from Kiplinger HERE.


This week’s poll question asks, “Do you think Congress will pass any gun control legislation this year?” (Background)

Thanks for participating.

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8 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. The Yellowstone County commissioners cherry-picked a low-turnout Republican-heavy primary election for their scheme to use their positions of power to overturn the will of the voters on the marijuana issue, but even that hand-picked slice of the electorate apparently has roundly rejected them by a far wider margin than I-190 passed in Yellowstone in the first place. Good for the Yellowstone voters in standing up to politicians who think they know better than their voters.

  2. Well, it’s official. Great Falls has lost it’s collective mind. Even after the Tribune did an excellent article on Slaughter’s associations with militias, racists, bigots, haters, and anti-government cranks of all stripes, they still re-elected him. Why is beyond me. Now, like many racist enclaves in Arizona, GF will become a magnet city attracting even more deplorables and undesirables, Jesse’s base. It’s a very bad situation. Kinda hard to think any new businesses will want to relocate here in what is essentially a lawless community. The only law is Jesse’s monstrous ego. I personally think the sheriffs office is finished. It will be unrecognizable in the future.

    • Larry – I am not sure about your predictions, but the local Democrats should have found a candidate to challenge him. Slaughter easily won after having a lot of shit thrown at him.
      I hope he cools off on his “constitutional” views and enforces the laws and protects the citizens of Cascade County, but since he won by such a wide margin, he may feel emboldened.
      Thanks, JmB

      • Agreed. Hell, anybody would be better. Hopefully someone with party connections will show up and explain how this happened. I blame God. God told Jesse to run according to Jesse. Why didn’t God tell some Dem to run?

      • Larry – Haha -Don’t you realize that God likes Republicans more? 😂

      • Jesse reminds me of that other character from history who regularly conversed with the Almighty, Stephen from Brave Heart, who also suffered from delusions of grandeur. Stephen would say “it’s my island.” Jesse says “it’s my county, and I’ll run it as I see fit!” The similarities are quite astounding.

      • It’s time to move on from Slaughter. The local Democrats should start taking notes, documenting things, and start looking for his opponent for next time. Thanks, JmB

    • Te real question is do we expect to read a bunch of anguished howling about “election integrity” today on social media from the usual local far-right suspects?

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