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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Monday’s Quick Hits: Stapleton, Face the State, & Concealed Carry

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. – Henny Youngman

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • SoS Corey Stapleton
  • Face the State
  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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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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Tuesday Commentary: Manning, Shutdown, Football, & More

The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. – Hugo Black

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Chelsea Manning
  • Government Shutdown
  • Aaron & Danica
  • Football

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Tuesday Commentary: Candidate Filing, Oprah, & Football

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Candidate Filing
  • Oprah 2020
  • Roll Tide

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The Wednesday Read: Laurel, Trump, & Romney

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Today’s read deals with these important issues:

  • The Laurel, Montana, Circus
  • Trump & Airline Safety
  • Trump’s Bigger Button
  • Hatch & Romney

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The Wednesday Read: Protests, Jerusalem, and #MeToo

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Great Falls Rising Protest
  • Jerusalem & Trump
  • Time Person of the Year 2017

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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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Thursday Numbers

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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 the special session, Montana beef, unemployment, urban chickens, mayor of Great Falls, Sutherland Springs, Montana, economic development levy, Troy Downing, Five on Black, college football, and much more!

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Yes or No for Cascade County Jobs Levy

The Electric is an independent news website focused on Great Falls and Cascade County. It is operated by a former Great Falls Tribune reporter, Jenn Rowell. Rowell reported a few days ago that the “Yes for Cascade County Jobs” committee, which is advocating for approval of an economic development levy, did not properly file their financial disclosure forms this month.

You can read the story from The Electric HERE.

The Electric reported that Brett Doney, executive director for Great Falls Development Authority, said it was an oversight on his part for the lack of filing. The committee had raised about $38,250.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that “Yes for Cascade County Jobs” wants approval of a three-mill levy that would contribute about $460,000 per year to economic development. Voters in Cascade County will have a chance to vote yes or no on the levy November 7.

The Tribune says that if approved, Cascade County Commissioners will decide annually whether to levy up to three mills each year of additional property taxes, with the revenue going toward economic development.

Can you ever imagine politicians not wanting more taxpayer money to spend every year?

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