The Wednesday Read: Tester Files for Re-Election

I have great faith in the people of Montana; they can’t be bought. – Jon Tester

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) filed the paperwork to run for a third term on Tuesday. Terms in the U.S. Senate are for six years.

Along with the filing, Tester’s campaign issued the following statement:

“As a United States senator, I have had the humbling opportunity to defend the state that three generations of my family have called home,” Tester said. “Over the years, we’ve fought to protect the Montana we know and love from outsiders while continuing to hold government accountable. Today, I’m honored to file to continue that fight for the people of the best state in the best country in the world.”

According to MTN News, there are four Republicans lined up to take on Tester: state Auditor Matt Rosendale, Big Sky businessman Troy Downing, former state District Judge Russell Fagg of Billings and state Sen. Al Olszewski of Kalispell.

They will face off in a June primary.

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The Wednesday Read: Tester Time

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. – Elizabeth Kenny

Montana’s Senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, is up for reelection this year. That means it’s Tester Time!

In case you missed it, Tester was one of 18 senators who voted against the short-term funding measure to reopen the government this week.

His “No” vote received a lot of attention. Roll Call reported it this way:

Montana Sen. Jon Tester was the only red-state Democrat up for re-election this year to vote against a stopgap funding measure Monday to end the three-day government shutdown.

Senators are well-known for the changes they go through the last couple years of their six-year term. They attend more meetings, issue more press releases, and are friendlier to the voters.

Sure Tester does some of the same things, but his “No” vote on the short-term funding bill only gave his opponents some much-needed ammo.

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Published in: on January 24, 2018 at 7:52 am  Comments Off on The Wednesday Read: Tester Time  
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Caught My Eye…

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. – Henry Ward Beecher

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

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 that I am providing commentary about today include Jeff Sessions’ Reefer Madness, Trump’s Mental Health, the 25th Amendment, JonTester keeps on rolling. High School golf in Montana, One More Thing, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Taxes, Flynn, and Football

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage. – H. L. Mencken

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Senate Tax Bill
  • Down Goes Flynn
  • CFB Playoffs
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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Monday’s Quick Hits: NY Times, Tester, Trump, & Chiefs

If you don’t believe in winning, you don’t believe in free enterprise, capitalism, our way of life. – Tom Landry

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • New York Times & Great Falls
  • Tester’s Money
  • Trump & Time & Groping
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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Published in: on November 27, 2017 at 9:27 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Quick Hits: NY Times, Tester, Trump, & Chiefs  
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Tester to Zinke – Lifetime Pass for Veterans

It was nice to read a press release from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) that said he was asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to support the creation of a lifetime national park pass allowing America’s veterans to enter all of the nation’s National Park Service sites for free.

Tester has introduced a bipartisan bill with Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to allow veterans to purchase a lifetime pass good for all federal sites for a discounted, one-time fee.

I think this is a good idea. The bill, S- 521, makes the cost $80 for a lifetime pass. That seems like a Washington, D.C. amount. I was thinking $25 would be perfect – I mean if you want to make it a good thing for veterans.

Now to get picky – it’s not really free as Tester says in his press release “America’s veterans to enter all of the nation’s National Park Service sites for free.”

The cost is $80 according to the bill.

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Published in: on November 1, 2017 at 1:44 pm  Comments Off on Tester to Zinke – Lifetime Pass for Veterans  
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Caught My Eye…

You know, people don’t understand — I went to an Ivy League college, I was a nice student, I did very well, I’m a very intelligent person. – President Donald J. Trump (10/25/17)

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

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 that I am providing commentary about today include the Deans from Havre, Karen Marshall resigns, Kathleen Williams announces, Trump & Tester, things to know, and One More Thing!

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Tuesday Thoughts: 9th U.S. Circuit & Rosendale

Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection. – Neal Boortz

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:

The Associated Press reported that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Montana’s limits on direct contributions to political campaigns are justified in trying to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption while still allowing candidates to raise enough money to run a campaign.

I don’t think the decision will stand.

Basically, money is speech these days. We are already far down a path that allows the rich and powerful (big money) to influence elections.

It did give Governor Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) the opportunity to say, in part, that “Elections should be decided by ‘we the people’ — not by corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests buying more television ads.”

That’s a great line. The other side will say that corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests have rights, too.

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Fagg, Zinke, & Moron

Truth makes many appeals, not the least of which is its power to shock. – Jules Renard

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The Russell Fagg Announcement
  • Zinke’s Flag
  • Moron

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Published in: on October 16, 2017 at 9:31 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Quick Hits: Fagg, Zinke, & Moron  
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Thursday Numbers

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal

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 Senate and House fundraising, Glacier National Park, unemployment, the VP’s trip, High Tech Job Summit, Thursday Numbers, Keystone XL Pipeline protests, Trump & nukes, playoff baseball, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!

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