Terrific News Tuesday

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera

Welcome to 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 are the stories that caught my attention for this week’s TNT column:

  • Primary Election Day
  • Rain, Rain, Snow?
  • Beth Mowins
  • Great Falls Voyagers
  • Griz Remain Positive

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Monday’s Quick Hits

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. – Francis Bacon

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Sanders & Quist
  • Won Battle/Lost War
  • Mail-Only Voting
  • Montana Legislature & Infrastructure
  • Thank You Scott

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MT GOP: Shut the Front Door!

About 200 Republican delegates decided over the weekend to close their primary elections to nonparty members in Montana. In other words, the Montana Republicans told independent and moderate Montana voters to go fly a kite.

It also means the extreme folks have taken over the party.

Just before they voted, I wonder if someone shouted, “Hold my beer, and watch this!”

One major reason proponents gave for adopting a closed primary was because some other states do it that way. I guess the delegates were never asked, “If Johnny jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?”

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MT Political Practices: Fair and Impartial?

I’ve written several columns about the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices over the past few years, so today when I read that “Political practices commissioner donated to Bullock campaign in 2009” after he had made a recent ruling in favor of Attorney General Steve Bullock, I just shook my head.

The new State Political Practices Commissioner Dave Gallik was asked why he did not recuse himself given the fact that he donated to Bullock’s campaign.  He said, “I don’t believe I need to recuse myself.”

That’s pretty messed up – and that’s putting it mildly. The office of the Commissioner of Political Practices for Montana reminds me of the referees used for Harlem Globetrotters basketball games. Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

It was quite an interesting weekend in the political world!  Have no fear, the staff here at The Western Word (TWW) were monitoring the newspapers across the web and checking out a few newscasts and newspapers to keep up with all the happenings in the world of politics.

Here’s what we came up with: the Rehberg Campaign and organized labor, the Tea Party and Montana GOP Convention, candidates lining up, Weiner-gate, the Montana PSC and much MORE. Continue reading

Montana Senate 2012: Battleground Areas

In what some folks are calling a heavyweight matchup, the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Montana will feature two statewide office holders running against each other:  Congressman Denny Rehberg versus U.S. Senator Jon Tester for the junior U.S. Senate seat.

As most people who follow Montana politics know there are certain areas in the state that are pretty much a given to go to one political party or the other meaning the area swings either to the Democrats or the Republicans during the elections.

For example, the Butte area is considered Democratic territory just as the Kalispell area is considered Republican territory.

This does not mean that less populated areas are not important.  This race looks like it will be close, so even a few dozen votes here and there could spell victory.  To keep this column somewhat short, I take a look at the seven major areas (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell) in the state and go in depth about a couple.

I also pick the one area that could decide the 2012 Senate race in Montana.  So you really need to read on… Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

Here’s a look at some of the recent political happenings that caught my attention over the weekend and this morning.

Today I take a look at a new poll, a kick-off, a fire suit, another candidate, and Medicare! Continue reading