It’s hump day and here are a few things that caught my eye:
- Commissioner of Political Practices
- The Year in Blogging
- Kevin McCarthy
COMMISSIONER OF POLITICAL PRACTICES:
The Montana Free Press reported this week that a panel of four state legislators last week reached an impasse over who should become Montana’s next commissioner of political practices (COPP). Now, the task of narrowing the field to a single candidate falls squarely on Gov. Greg Gianforte, whose office has yet to provide a glimpse of any frontrunner.
Imagine that – an impasse?
Gianforte could pick someone else who is not one of the five finalists.
Since 2005 I have written probably hundreds of times about the COPP. I have given ideas on how the office should be run, complained about the decisions, and applauded the decisions.
The COPP is supposed to be non-partisan.
A faithful reader said the other day that he thought Governor Gianforte would appoint failed Montana Supreme Court candidate and current Public Service Commission chair, James Brown, as COPP.
Wouldn’t that be ironic…
Read the complete report from the Montana Free Press HERE.
THE YEAR IN BLOGGING:
During the past two years (2021-22) this little independent blog, The Western Word, has seen traffic increases. This past year (2022), there was another increase in views and visitors to this site.
Tell your friends, tell your enemies, and tell your family to drop by and kick the tires (or the owner).
Thank you for reading.
I watched some of the votes for Speaker of the House yesterday. Republican Kevin McCarthy was the heir apparent to be the next speaker, but he failed to get a majority of votes in not one, not two, but three tries.
There are about 20 Republicans who did not vote for McCarthy. One of them was Matt Rosendale of Montana. Rosendale has already embarrassed his state with his votes in the last congress, and he got reelected. That shows the people in his district are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.
I guess they will try again today. Former President Donald Trump has chimed in and urged the 20 Republicans to vote for McCarthy. We’ll see how that works.
Nonetheless, this is embarrassing for the Republican majority in the House. It seems every time the Republicans gain control in Washington, they screw it up.
Over the holidays, I watched so much football that I have memorized several AT&T, Allstate, and Progressive insurance commercials.
Football is winding down, and that always makes me sad. The NFL has games on Saturday and Sunday this week. The FCS Championship game between North Dakota State and South Dakota State is Sunday. The BCS National Championship between TCU and Georgia is Monday evening.
The NFL playoffs start the next weekend (Jan 14/15).