Quote for the Day…
Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. ― John F. Kennedy
Caught My Eye (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:
- Jesse Slaughter
- Lincoln County
- The Extremes
- Drag Queen Story Hour
- States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry
There were 13,334 Republican votes in Cascade County and only 4,882 for Democrats. There were 105 Libertarian votes.
Jesse Slaughter received 9,248 votes and Jay Groskreutz received 3,925 votes for sheriff. There were four write-in votes.
The source for the above information can be found HERE.
The plan to have Democrats vote on the Republican ballot for Groskreutz failed miserably. The Democrats might have done better by finding a candidate to take on Slaughter, but it’s too late now.
I will get to the real reason Slaughter won the primary race in a second, but first…
A locally elected fool who reminds me of a min-Trump bloviated as to why Slaughter won his primary contest saying Slaughter has done “an outstanding job” and Groskreutz was endorsed by Democrats and Groskreutz did not defend Slaughter in what he termed “smears.” He also said Groskreutz did not have a convincing platform.
As I have said many times on this website, I voted for Slaughter the first time around, but not this time. It did not bother me that he changed parties, but it bothered me how he veered so far to the right and associated with some of the most extreme people of the Republican Party after being a Democrat a few months before that. He will need to move back to the middle before I would consider supporting him next time. I know he reads this blog, so I hope he takes that into consideration.
As for the real reason Slaughter beat Groskreutz – Slaughter received more votes. It’s that simple.
Lincoln County Montana embarrassed the state when they could not count the ballots by machine because they were the wrong size. They had to count them by hand. (Source)
It kind of reminds me of the saying, “I cut the board twice and it’s still too short.”
Finally, Thursday evening at 5:52 pm the Associated Press (AP) declared Ryan Zinke the winner.
It seems that every election someone or something screws up and we must wait for hours or days to get the results. They are supposed to do a test run so they know these machines work.
Even the Montana Secretary of State’s (SOS) office can’t post the results quickly. Anyone who follows the elections knows that the New York Times, Washington Post, and even Politico have the latest results for Montana before the SOS. Shameful.
A promise – You won’t see me voting for any far-left or far-right candidates come this November. I live in HD 23 and SD 12. I will be looking for the most moderate candidates to which to give my very important vote.
DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR:
There are more important things going on in Billings (like shootings every few nights), but many on the right are concerned about the upcoming “Drag Queen Story Hour” at ZooMontana.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who never misses a chance to get some publicity, chimed in and said the zoo should not hold the event. I don’t think his opinion matters on this issue.
A former legislator and mayoral candidate said, “They just lost me,” when he heard about the event. Since he only received about 36% of the vote in the mayor’s race, it appears most of the Billings residents do not care what he thinks.
I have a suggestion – If you don’t like “Drag Queen Story Hour,” then don’t go. If you do go, you might learn something
According to Q2 in Billings, ZooMontana is not budging:
June is Pride Month and with festivities kicking off soon, ZooMontana in Billings is receiving backlash for a Pride event being held there.
Some Billings community members are vowing never to visit the zoo again, but the zoo and 406 Pride, an LGBTQ+ resource center, say that’s not about to stop them.
Good for them.
STATES MOST DEPENDENT ON THE GUN INDUSTRY:
WalletHub has a new report out that many Montanans will be interested in: “2022’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry” shows Montana is ranked fifth overall.
One interesting piece of information is that Montana has the highest gun ownership rate, 65.00 percent, 7.2 times higher than in New Jersey, which has the lowest at 8.90 percent.
Check out the full report HERE.