Politics 2010: Alaska Senate

Yesterday, write-in candidate and current U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski, edged ahead of Tea Party candidate Joe Miller by a little over 1,700 votes.

For those of you who have not followed the race, Murkowski is a “moderate” Republican and Miller is the Tea Party prince supported by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. In the August 2010 GOP primary, Miller beat Murkowski by about 2000 votes. Murkowski decided to run as a write-in candidate and that is where all the fun started. Murkowski was appointed to her Senate seat in 2002 (by her father) and was elected to a full term in 2004.

Some folks believed Alaskans were not smart enough to spell L-I-S-A M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I. With some temporary tattoos and rubber wrist bands not to mention some great signs, the Murkowski campaign team gave voters a few easy ways to get her name correct – and it’s working. Continue reading

Montana Governor 2012: Announcing the Announcement

It was not really much of a secret that former GOP Congressman Rick Hill would announce that he was running for Montana Governor in 2012. But it was kind of interesting that a press release was sent out on Friday and reported late Friday afternoon that Hill would announce his candidacy on Monday. KRTV (CBS) first reported it.

Sadly, The Western Word was not notified of the “announcement about the announcement.” Maybe it went into my spam folder. Nonetheless, I am now signed up for e-mail updates from the Rick Hill for Governor Website.

So now there are three: Ken Miller, Cory Stapleton, and Rick Hill. Will there be more candidates come forward? I imagine so.

By the way, candidates are always free to send me information at the e-mail address on the top right side of this screen – just add me to your media list.

In the political world, Fridays are normally the time when you announce something that you really don’t want much publicity about. Fridays are when most people are heading out for the weekend and not watching the news. Saturday newspapers are lightly read. Continue reading

Politics 2010: The Morning After

It’s the morning after and the political junkies across the country are wiping sleep from their bloodshot eyes, sipping on that cup of coffee, and hoping that the caffeine kicks in soon so that they can go about their day.

To many of us, election night is better than the Super Bowl or any game seven.

There are a few things to take away from the 2010 election. Yes, I have to comment on the media coverage, too. And, there are awards at the end!

Hundreds of people followed me on Twitter last night and thousands more read the commentaries on this website about the elections over the last few weeks. A few years ago a friend said this about me, “You know more about politics and elections than anyone who follows or works in politics in Montana and the Rocky Mountain West.” I said, “That and a dollar will get me a cup of coffee.”

Or I can just Tweet about it and write commentaries on this website!

Late last night I sent a few congratulatory e-mails around the country to friends who had won races. One person who had crushed her opponent in a highly Democratic district replied, “I learned from the best.” That was nice…

Armed with a few glasses of Merlot and some food, I watched the races until about 1:00 a.m. and here are some observations:

Things that made me happy: Continue reading

The Political Inbox

This commentary is coming a little late in the day because of jury duty. Luckily with a few cracks during voir dire about my disdain for trial lawyers and my support for tort reform, I was released from duty late this afternoon. Justice may be blind, but it’s also slower than a turtle…

This weekend and today the candidates are trying their best to get the last drop of blood (money) or last few hours of volunteer time from their followers. The interesting thing is that I am receiving more e-mails from Democrats than Republicans and I subscribe to each equally.

Here are a few of my favorites: Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Congratulations! You have made it to another Friday and with that honor comes another edition of “Caught My Eye…” This is where I take a look (sometimes with a little sarcasm) at some of the stories that I did not have time to comment about during the week.

This week I take a look at naked Woodstock, a Cowgirl, calling 911, my inbox and more! So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s look at the news… Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

If it’s Friday, then it’s time for “Caught My Eye” the weekly (almost award-winning) column where I take a look (sometimes with a little sarcasm) at some of the stories that I did not have time to comment about during the week.

This week I take a look at global warming, powerful women, a visit to the Guard, China, the IRS, and much more.

Since it’s Friday and not much work is getting done, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s look at the news… Continue reading

Palin and the Missoulian

I guess I missed it. Sarah Palin was in Missoula Sunday afternoon to speak at a fundraiser for Teen Challenge, which is a very good program.

Nothing much can pry me away from the opening Sunday of NFL football, so even if I had remembered that Palin was in Missoula, I would have opted to watch football.

Probably a good baseball game or cooking show would have kept me away, too.

What was funny is that Palin got under the skin of the local newspaper, The Missoulian. So much that the editor, Sherry Devlin, decided to write a “blog” post about Palin and her comments…on Sunday afternoon.

Newspapers and blogging – how fun – if you can’t beat us, join us. Continue reading