The Wednesday Read: Bullock/Fox, Wall Debate, Lie of the Year, & More

There’s no sense in doing a lot of barking if you don’t really have anything to say. – Charles M. Schulz

Today’s topics include:

  • Bullock & Fox
  • The Wall Debate
  • 2018 Lie of the Year
  • One More Thing



The Monday Memo: Tester, Legislature, Brown, Courts & Trump

The expert at anything was once a beginner. ― Helen Hayes

I’m back – I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Tester’s Next Term
  • Dome Lights
  • Bob Brown is Wise
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals & Trump
  • One More Thing


Monday’s Quick Hits: Fighter & Winner, Happiest States, & 57 Days

Whenever you feel like giving up, think of all the people that would love to see you fail. – Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Fighter & Winner
  • Happiest States
  • 57 Days


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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Green Party, Daines, SCOTUS, & Trump/Putin

Leave the gun – take the cannoli. – Peter Clemenza (Godfather)

Here are some issues that caught my attention for today:

  • Green Party
  • Daines & Russia
  • Prump Tutin


Tuesday Commentary: Helena Schools, DUI, FBI Raid, & Interior

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Helena Schools Lunch Debt
  • Billings Gazette DUI Editorial
  • The Great FBI Raid
  • Kevin Sabo, Interior Department Official


The Wednesday Read: Gas Taxes, Morgue, Stormy, & America’s Harvest Box

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s topics are:

  • Montana Gas Taxes
  • The New Morgue
  • Stormy Daniels
  • America’s Harvest Box


Tuesday Commentary: Robocalls, Politics & Religion

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. – Thomas Paine

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Robocalls in Montana
  • Politics and Religion


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: Flynn, Zinke, & Guns

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. – The Captain (Cool Hand Luke)

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Trump & Flynn
  • Zinke’s Confirmation Vote
  • Montana Legislature


Great Falls: Smoke em if you got em!

The “smoking shelter” calamity in Great Falls (MT) has been interesting to follow.

In case you were wondering about it, a law called “The Montana Clean Indoor Air Act” banned smoking in enclosed public places in 2009, so some bars/casinos built “smoking shelters” that, as the Great Falls Tribune reported in December 2013, “are intended to circumnavigate the law to create spaces where gamblers can smoke while they play.”

A local district judge ruled the shelters were OK, but the Montana Supreme Court overturned that ruling. Apparently the shelters were not open enough. Businesses have spent thousands of dollars on the shelters. Some shelters were pretty nice, which means they are not just a picnic table with an umbrella blowing in the wind and a five-gallon bucket for the butts.

The Great Falls Tribune had two sides submit their arguments about the shelters. You can read the pro-shelter column HERE and the con-shelter column HERE. Both sides make good arguments, but overall it’s kind of a silly mess they are in.

According to local television station KRTV, today (Wednesday, June 3) the Cascade City-County Health Department is holding a public hearing “to consider a proposed regulation governing smoking rooms.” The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 in the Great Falls City Commission Chambers.

I’ve lived in Montana about 25 years and checked out the casinos a few times. I found the casinos in Montana to be pretty boring compared to other casinos I’ve seen in other states and overseas. I’ve always felt if you’re going to allow gambling in a state, you might as well go big or go home. By the way, going big does not mean a mom and pop casino on almost every corner, like you’ll see if you drive down 10th Avenue South in Great Falls.


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