Zinke Confirmed; Time to Move On

U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Secretary of Interior this morning. The vote was 68-31. Montana Senators Steve Daines (R) and Jon Tester (D) voted for Zinke. Congratulations to Secretary Zinke and best of luck to him.

Here are some of my thoughts about Zinke and moving on from here.

I’m relieved that I won’t have to hear U.S. Senator Steve Daines tell the “Boys State” story about him and Ryan Zinke again. I have my doubts they were even buddies back then – or even very good buddies now.

There was a lot of complaining from the right side of the aisle about how long it’s taking for President Trump’s cabinet to be confirmed. Since the Republicans in the senate refused to give President Obama’s pick for Supreme Court a hearing, what did they expect?

Zinke totally disappointed me when he disappeared from his job after his nomination was announced. He was being paid to perform the duties as Montana’s Congressman and he failed.

In other words, Zinke, the so-called patriot who does not see “red” Montana or “blue” Montana, but sees “red, white, and blue Montana” quit on Montana.

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The Wednesday Read: Zinke v. Tester, Hamlett & Taxes, & Sulu

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. – Dave Barry

It’s the last day of November and these items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Zinke v. Tester
  • The Taxman Cometh
  • George Takei

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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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U.S. Senate (MT) 2012: Seniors & Social Security

It’s a tried and true method in political campaigns – scare senior citizens into believing that their benefits are going to be reduced or taken away and that your opponent is the horrible dude who will lead the way in gutting those benefits if he/she is elected.  For good measure, throw in the word “privatization” and senior citizens will spring out of their comfy chairs to get to the polls like an Olympic diver in the three meter springboard competition. Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

Oh yes…summer starts tomorrow and the political world is starting to heat up just a little!

For the past several Mondays, The Western Word has looked at some of the political stories that caught our attention over the weekend and then placed them in one place for all to see.  Of course, I offer some commentary on each and maybe some sarcasm.

I know it’s Monday and it’s tough to get yourself rolling today – so take a break and grab something to drink with caffeine in it and read this week’s edition of Monday Morning Politics!  Today I look at the Republican Leadership Conference, Mormons, Political Practices, Tea Party, the GOP Convention and much more!  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.

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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