The Indictments

Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to get this campaign to where it is right now.Newt Gingrich (Last August)

CNN reported on Friday a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

So we eagerly waited for Monday. The New York Times reported early Monday that Paul Manafort, who once ran the Trump campaign, was told to surrender.

Several news outlets, including Fox News, reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.

In addition, Fox News reported that a guilty plea by former Trump campaign policy adviser George Papadopolous was announced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He admitted to making false statements to FBI agents as part of the investigation.

It was reported that Manafort and Gates surrendered to authorities Monday morning.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you. – Zig Ziglar

Today I take a look at the Gold Star Family, Drunk Driving, the First 100 Days, Presidential Election Polls, Today in My History, and much more!

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TWW Afternoon Extra: “The evangelicals love me”

Shot through the heart and you’re to blame
You give love a bad name
Bon Jovi

Donald Trump won the white evangelical vote by historic margins.
I repeat…
Donald Trump won the white evangelical vote by historic margins.

How wild is that? Read on, but be warned, you might be offended….

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The Wednesday Read: Election Bloodbath

In the state of Montana, the Republicans almost wiped out the Democrats in statewide races. It was a bloodbath.

It all started with Democrat U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau losing to incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke. I never actually thought that race would be close. It wasn’t.

There are still votes to be counted because for some reason election after election it seems the Montana election officials have problems election night counting the votes. I checked some national maps at 6:30 a.m. and states like Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Utah all had 99% of their votes counted. Montana had 90% at that time (78% of precincts reporting).

So we wait, and wait, and wait.

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President-Elect Donald J. Trump

Historical. Shocking. Stunning.

I know a lot of people were shocked about how well Donald Trump did in last night’s Presidential election. I was one of those people who predicted he would lose – lose big time.

He won.

I wondered throughout the evening how so many pollsters could get this race so wrong. This was kind of like the “Dewey versus Truman” race.

About 10:45 p.m. there were only a handful of states left to call with about 78 electoral votes left to grab. Trump was sitting at 244 electoral votes to Clinton’s 215. He was leading in a few of the remaining states. I was thinking that this race ended up like watching a wounded animal. You just wanted to end it and put the Clinton supporters out of their misery so we could go to sleep.

Around midnight, John Podesta, the campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton appeared at their election party and told the audience something like they can all wait a little longer and that they were not going to have any more to say tonight. So she did not concede.

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Terrific News Tuesday

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams

Welcome to another edition of 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 is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Last Day/Vote
  • On the Road
  • Unlikely Friendship
  • Thank You Veterans
  • Free Newspaper Access

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TWW Afternoon Extra: I Voted – So Take That!

I turned in my ballot this morning at the county elections office. There were other Patriots doing the same thing.

God Bless America!

Before I continue I want to point out that I took my own ballot to the county elections office. I did not give it to a random person who happened to knock on my door and asked to deliver it for me.

Voting makes me feel good. Damn good. I am voting on behalf of my fellow veterans who gave their lives for the freedoms we have – freedoms like voting for the candidate of my choice!

Voting makes me feel powerful – unstoppable!

When I vote I get to stick it to the man (or woman), once again. It’s like I wave my fist at the establishment and say “up yours.” My vote counts just as much as your vote does.

By voting in this election….

  • I “stuck” it to the guy who wanted me fired years ago – I voted for his opponent. By the way, he did not get me fired, either.
  • I “stuck” it to the guy who failed to do his job – I voted against him.
  • I “stuck” it to the guy who has staffers who are pricks.
  • I voted “No” on all the unopposed Montana judges, except one.
  • I also found it hard to vote for candidates who did not send me a free bumper sticker!

So yes, I feel pretty freaking good right now. Refreshed. Renewed.

I’ve followed and been involved in politics for most of my life. The following is a selection from my 2013 book, “Preparing for the Race: 50+ Questions for the Potential Candidate” that you can buy HERE:

My first venture into politics came in the summer of 1968. As a nine-year-old, I was excited to follow the Presidential campaign of Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and Independent George Wallace. My dad was a Democrat and he worked road construction for a union company building bridges and interstates across the Midwest. We traveled with him and came home to Missouri on some weekends.

One particular weekend we were traveling across Iowa on Interstate 80 and exited at Newton, Iowa. I had just made a three by five-inch campaign sign and wrote, “Nixon is the One” on it. I placed it in the corner of the windshield. few minutes after putting the Nixon sign on the dash by the windshield, a woman driving a 1968 Cadillac pulled into our path wrecking us and totaling both vehicles. We were trapped in our vehicle for a few minutes until someone pried the doors open. The woman said her dog blocked her view and that she pulled out in front of us causing the wreck. I thought maybe the Nixon sign was a curse on my family. My dad voted for Humphrey later that year. Humphrey ended up losing to Nixon.

Not everyone enjoys politics as much as I do, but you can still vote and maybe you can stick it to the man (or woman).

Just do it.

If your candidate loses, suck it up. Move on. Don’t be a sore loser, but in all honesty, I really don’t care. Cry. Complain. Say it was rigged. File a lawsuit.

If your candidate wins, remember to be a gracious winner – or don’t. They can’t beat you for a few years, so get in their face and brag. Sip that champagne because next time your candidate may get their ass kicked!

The next campaign season starts November 9.


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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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Caught My Eye…

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME) – the final CME before Election Day!

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 this week include Tschida vs Motl, School Bus Drivers, Gianforte Ads, I pick the 2016 election winners, One More Thing, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Tester, Essmann, Taxes, & Emails

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are. – Cal Thomas

Today is one of those days that make it great to be an independent blogger!

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Tester’s Fundraising
  • Essmann Tweets
  • The Sales Tax Issue
  • Deleting emails

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