Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of “Thursday Numbers” – the first one for June!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Daines, John Walsh, voter turnout, KPAX TV, Belmont Stakes, God, Smokey Bear, Super Bowl, Brad Johnson, Judge G. Todd Baugh, unemployment, Julia Collins, Montana Republican Party, Ryan Zinke, Ravalli County, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, first debate, relatives, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Here We Go!

It was fun to monitor the Montana Secretary of State’s website off and on yesterday to see who was running for office. Big thanks to all who are running for office and best of luck on June 3.

The primary field is basically set, although candidates filing for Independent or Minor Party candidates closes June 2. That’s after the candidate has obtained enough signatures on a petition to run for that office, which is absurd and should be changed. You can also run as a write-in candidate, but there are several hoops to jump through for that, too. You can find information for both methods HERE.

There were a few surprises. You can check out the candidate lists HERE. Here are my thoughts and observations (so far):

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MT House 2014: There Are Eight (I think)

As of this morning, it looks like there are eight candidates who plan to run for Montana’s At-Large U.S. House seat, unless I’ve missed someone.

Can you name them?

So far for the Democrats we have John Lewis and Melinda Gopher.

For the Republicans we have Drew Turiano, Brad Johnson, Ryan Zinke, Matt Rosendale, and Corey Stapleton.

Shawn White Wolf plans to run as an Independent.

According to the Montana Secretary of State’s office, Candidate filing opens January 9 and closes March 10, so we have a ways to go with probably more candidates to file. Montana’s Primary Election is June 3, 2014.

This might be the “label” election.

In an interview with the local CBS station, candidate Drew Turiano labeled himself a “pro-life Christian Tea Party conservative Republican” which I am calling PLCTPCR for short.

Besides wanting to impeach President Obama, nullify Obamacare and Roe v. Wade, he also wants to remove illegal aliens by bringing back “Operation Wetback” which was an operation from the Eisenhower administration of the 1950s.

I’m thinking Turiano is, among other things, staking his claim as the most conservative candidate in the field. He really needs to find a way to stick “Gun Tote’n” in that label some way. Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to another Friday – the last Friday of July.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is my weekly column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about five Republicans & Daines, a cheap shot in Missoula, No More Names, campaign signs, Carlos Danger, group labels, Nukemap, birthdays, plus there are two people who are Making Montana Proud this week!

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Caught My Eye…

FRIDAY!!! Congrats on making it to Friday! We are now just 18 days from Election Day 2012. You can do a lot in 18 days – like call my house 36 times, send me more campaign literature in the mail, knock on my door a few times, or run a few million dollars more in campaign ads! Whoop, whoop!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! It’s where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So, get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about the “Truth” video, a BOLO alert, applauding Bucy, Please proceed Governor, the power plant, dinner and jokes, one more debate, plus I open up my political inbox and share some e-mails! There’s a lot more so read on…

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Politics 2012: Closing Time

It’s just about closing time on Montana’s Primary Election season – with some votes still being counted!

This morning some candidates are waking up with nothing to do.  They are done – finished.  A few will never run in another political race again.  About all that is left for them is to make plans to attend their political party’s convention to show they are “team players.”  Other than that, their schedules are mostly clear.  It’s back to the real world for most of the losers from yesterday’s primary.

To them I say thanks for playing the game of politics – now be a sport and take down your signs.  Note: It mostly sucks to take down signs after a loss – all those volunteers (and most friends) seem to disappear (not being able to offer free pizza does that).

The winners get to move on for more fun and games!  This is actually where the rubber meets the road.  While you were one of maybe seven candidates in the primary, you are now carrying your political party’s banner for the office.  Your schedule just got a lot busier.  You may even find yourself moving toward the middle to gain more votes, which will tick off the base of your political party!

As if that was not enough, your opponent (and/or their political party or groups that support them) have already started an “opposition research” file on you – the digging has started to find something to damage you.  Will they find out about the DUI while you were on spring break 25 years ago or that you were arrested during that protest in 1984?  What about that crap your ex posted about you on Facebook?  Ouch…

I bet they find it.  It’s nothing personal – it’s just politics!

Listed below are some of the popular races coming up this November with which candidate I think has the edge today (June 6, 2012).  I also write about another race or two!  Enjoy the read and, as always, comments are welcome…

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