Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Here are the issues that caught my attention for today’s column:

  • Cascade County Clerk & Recorder
  • Fourth Most Effective
  • Best/Worst States for Doctors
  • One More Thing


There was a good old-fashioned protest outside the Cascade County Clerk & Recorder’s office Monday about voting in Cascade County.

The basic issue is the new Clerk and Recorder, Sandra Merchant, wants to hold poll elections instead of mail elections, claiming there’s a problem since a company that once provided mail services for the election is closed.

It has also been reported that last year, Merchant was associated with a group of people who asked the county to eliminate mail ballots and require all voters to vote in person.

I think Merchant is in over her head with the job as clerk and recorder. She is destroying any belief that elections in Cascade County will be run fairly and accurately.

Check out the MTN News story about the protest HERE.


In a press release, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) announced that he was ranked the 4th most effective Senator among all 100 Republicans and Democrats in the 117th Congress for his successful work defending Montana and fighting on behalf of our nation’s veterans.

The rating, compiled by the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking, is based on the combination of fifteen metrics regarding the bills that each member of Congress sponsors, how far they move through the lawmaking process, and how substantial their policy proposals are. Tester was also ranked as the #1 Senator out of 100 who has been the most “continually effective” across multiple Congresses.

You can read the press release HERE.

With Tester’s seniority in the U.S. Senate and his effectiveness, Montanans would be crazy not to reelect him in 2024.

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In order to help doctors decide where to practice, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to the quality of the public hospital system.

The best state for doctors is MONTANA!

This ranking may change after the MAGA folks in the Montana Legislature destroy the state this session.

Check out the complete study HERE.


Remember the middle school (maybe high school joke) that goes something like this: A redneck tries to pick up a girl at a bar. The girl says, “I need to warn you that I am on my menstrual cycle.” The redneck says, “That’s OK, my Harley is parked out back.”

If Republicans in Florida have their way, there will be less talk about menstrual cycles:

As Florida Republicans are introducing and advancing a wave of bills on gender and diversity that are likely to be signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), one GOP lawmaker acknowledged this week that his proposed sexual health bill would ban girls from talking about their menstrual cycles in school. (Source) (Source)

These are crazy days…

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7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. The maga-ts in the Legislature want to make it legal (and acceptable) for medical professionals to refuse their services to people they don’t approve of. The maga-ts should probably re-consider their push. They might find themselves looking desperately for a little help themselves.

  2. This is one of those posts where it is very difficult to say something positive. Religious hate is no surprise to me. The three major Chrisito, Judaic, Moslem religions have invalidated themselves both historically and presently by the way they treat women. Nuns??? Women are not allowed in mosques or synagogues. With this foundation, why should hate (synonymous with stupidity, in his case religious stupidity) surprise anyone? Make sure your wife keeps that scarf on her head.

  3. If you’re like me and can’t figure out where all this hatred is coming from for trans and gays, etc., here’s a clue. And it’s ugly and extremely unAmerican. It really needs to be slapped down hard.

    And btw, why were the Merchant supporters in their little prayer circle yesterday? Very weird. Just what exactly were the praying for?


    • There is a lot of hatred going around. In some circles, people are using Christianity to promote their agenda which includes a lot of hatred toward their neighbors.
      As for the people praying at the protest, I hope they were praying for peace and a resolution, but I doubt it.
      I pray daily for our leaders and our country and family. I just don’t advertise it. I am saddened by what Christianity has become. -JmB

    • Guess that explains Fuller’s lapel pin. Someone should maybe explain to the author of SB99 that some of us view a cross wrapped in a flag as offensive and unAmerican. His bizarre religious beliefs have no place in our capital and no place in our laws. That might be a hit in Michigan where he came from, but Montanans don’t need sermons from Jihadists.

  4. I see the ob/gyn doctors in Sandpoint Idaho are leaving as they don’t want to get sued or even jailed for doing their work. All because of the Idaho legislature and Governor. Will Montana doctors be far behind?

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