Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. – Will Rogers

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Montana & REAL ID
  • Chick-fil-A & Tim Fox
  • Jon Tester & Robocalls

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The Wednesday Read: Where’s Daines, Mail Ballots, & Zinke

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. – Benjamin Franklin

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Daines Rescheduled
  • Emergency Chairman’s Report
  • Montana GOP & Tester & Zinke

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Please please please make sure you vote!

Happy Election Eve! I am just like a kid on Christmas Eve today. Is this exciting or what?

Today I take a look at The Campaign Commercial, Montana Governor 2016, Montana’s Four Ballot Initiatives, Election Night coverage, Monday Night poll results, and much more!

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The Tracking Poll

I receive a lot of information from political parties and candidates. Normally I subscribe to their newsletters, e-mails, and follow many of them on Facebook and Twitter. Often I share the information I receive so my readers can be better informed. I also offer my personal commentary.

By the way, I don’t donate to any of these people, groups, or political organizations.

So I was not too surprised when I went to my mailbox yesterday and found the May 2011 Voter Approval Ratings envelope from the Republican National Committee (RNC). Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

Here’s a look at some of the political news that caught my attention recently. Of course, I offer my commentary about each!

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MT Political Practices Commissioner: No Confirmation

I was only slightly happy to read that the Governor’s nomination for Commissioner of Political Practices will die in committee without a vote.

Supposedly if there had been a vote, the Governor’s nominee (Jennifer Hensley) would not have been confirmed. She would not be able to stay in the position, either.

Now without an up or down vote she can stay in the position until Schweitzer’s term is up (January 2013) or he can appoint someone else. This session of the Montana Legislature only has a few days left and meets every two years.

In my opinion, the (Montana) Senate Judiciary Committee members are a bunch of wimps for not holding the vote and moving on. It’s shameful, but that has been the norm for this legislative session. Continue reading

Reaching the Top Peg

The three-ring circus in Helena (Governor, House, and Senate) turned even more ridiculous on Wednesday with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoing several bills passed by the Montana Legislature.

Readers outside of Montana are probably wondering what’s so ridiculous about a governor vetoing a few bills because it’s done all the time across the fruited plains. Well, he vetoed them with a hot “VETO” branding iron on the steps of the capitol, which was described by a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune as, “…one of the most spectacular productions of political theater in the Democrat’s six years in office, Schweitzer applied red-hot branding irons to wooden plaques…”

All the bills were Republican-sponsored bills, but this column is not about the bills or their merit; it’s about how the one-upmanship of political theater in Helena reached the top peg on the stupid meter Wednesday. Continue reading