About Jackie M. (Mike) Brown

CONTACT: Western_Word@Yahoo.com I am a military veteran who honorably served my country in different parts of the world with the last stop being in Montana. I am a husband, a father, and I attend church regularly. I am also a college graduate, and I have worked and volunteered on several political campaigns (local, state, national). I have also been employed in various government positions (city, state and federal) as well as in the private sector. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, reading a good book, writing, and enjoying a fine glass of wine while visiting with friends around the fire.

Caught My Eye…

The press is the enemy. – Richard M. Nixon

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)! This is CME edition #320 – is that cool or what?

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include Presidential debate poll results, Judge John McKeon, endorsements & Dirk Sandefur, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), City of Great Falls & cellphones, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include fundraising, unemployment, pumpkins, Planned Parenthood, law enforcement officers, marijuana, Montana state auditor poll, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Juras/Sandefur, Tribune, Ballots, & Poll

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

Today these items caught my attention:

  • Montana Supreme Court
  • Tribune & the “P” Word
  • May I Drop Off Your Ballot
  • The Final Debate Poll

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Terrific News Tuesday

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Anita and Jason
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Last Presidential Debate
  • Lee Newspapers Polls
  • Register to Vote

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Monday Afternoon Extra: Random Thoughts…

Here are a few Monday afternoon random thoughts about the following issues:

  • Juras/Sandefur Debate
  • Laslovich
  • The Montana Polls
  • Jury Duty


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ELECTION 2016: Montana’s Four Ballot Initiatives

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ballots are in the mail in Montana (I received mine Saturday) and today I want to tell you my thoughts/endorsements about the four ballot initiatives Montanans will be voting on in this election:

  • CI-116 (Crime Victims’ Rights)
  • I-177 (Trapping)
  • I-181 (Medical Research)
  • I-182 (Medical Marijuana)

If you need more information, at the end of this column I will provide information on where you can find it.

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