Quote for the Day…
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. ― 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:
- Cascade County Public Safety Levy
- Reefer Madness
- State Rep. Scot Kerns
- One More Thing
CASCADE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY LEVY:
Apparently, officials in Cascade County have decided they do not need to stick it to residents as much as they first thought.
According to a report from The Electric:
Cascade County Commissioners are holding a public hearing Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. on whether to send a public safety levy to the ballot.
Initially, the sheriff and county attorney offices had proposed a $3.52 million levy but have since revised the proposal and reduced it to $2.46 million annually.
That equates to about $18.90 for a house with a $100,000 taxable value and $37.80 on a house with a $200,000 taxable value, according to the county.
I don’t think the commissioners should send the safety levy to the ballot. If they do, which I believe they will, I will be voting “NO” on it come November. We have too many fees and other possible tax increases on the horizon. Things are tough for Joe and Jill Six-Pack, and this is not the time for tax increases.
Read the full report from The Electric HERE.
The Electric also reported this week that Great Falls City Commissioners voted 3-2 during their Aug. 16 meeting to set a public hearing for Sept. 6 on proposed regulations for marijuana operations.
It was further reported that the framework, as proposed by staff, and if approved, would only go into effect if the District Court finds that the city cannot prohibit marijuana activities as it currently does, or if the voters opt to allow marijuana activities in the city limits on the November ballot.
There was a lot of discussion about where to allow dispensaries in the city. Here is my solution: Allow dispensaries anywhere there are casinos. Problem solved.
The complete report from the Electric can be read HERE.
STATE REP. SCOT KERNS:
According to KRTV, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte was in Great Falls on Thursday to present State Rep. Scot Kerns with the 2021 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation. Kerns is in a tough reelection battle in House District 23.
I live in HD 23/SD 12 and follow how my elected officials vote. I have not been impressed with their voting records.
While I have no problem with the Governor recognizing my fellow veterans for the good they are doing in the community, I do think that doing it when someone is running for reelection is a little suspect. Kerns received a lot of publicity from the Governor’s award.
Kerns is facing Democrat Melissa Smith in the General Election. You can visit her Facebook page HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
Final thoughts for the week…
One thing we can count on from the conservative side of the fence is when one of their so-called “RINOs” (Republican in Name Only) loses, they like to kick them when they are down.
We’re seeing it with the right-wingers kicking dirt on the political grave of Liz Cheney. Radio talk show folks, even in Montana, are still attacking her, although she lost.
I’ve seen it happen in other states when a so-called RINO loses although some of these RINOs have strong conservative voting records. By the way, Cheney voted with Trump 93% of the time.
The Republican Party is now the party of MAGA. Their lies of a stolen election and lies of the deep state have taken over. They believe everything is a conspiracy against Trump.
The big GOP tent is zipped up tight and moderates need not apply. One of these days, the MAGA crowd will go the way of the Christian Coalition and the Tea Party. Our country survived those groups, but we may not survive MAGA.