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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Caught My Eye…

It is FRIDAY!  Once again we’ve made it to another glorious weekend.  Congratulations!  With the temperatures hitting about 33 degrees last night here at my place in Montana, it’s time to get the yards and the gardens ready for that long winter’s nap.  Yuck.

If this is your first time visiting, this Friday column called “Caught My Eye” is designed to help you make it through another Friday – and let you hit the weekend with a smile on your face and armed with knowledge!  This is the 65th straight week of Caught My Eye!

In this week’s edition of Caught My Eye, I write about fundraising, new candidates, the right stuff, a cartoon, I let you see inside my political inbox, I write about a bartender, and much more! Continue reading


I was surprised and disappointed to read that former Republican Montana Secretary of State (and current candidate for the Public Service Commission) Brad Johnson was charged with drunken driving.

Why was I surprised? I would hope that someone in Johnson’s position would be smarter than to get behind the wheel of an automobile after having a few drinks.

Why was I disappointed? Johnson is a good person from what I know of him and he did a pretty good job as Secretary of State. But for him to get behind the wheel and endanger the lives of families traveling on Montana’s roads really disappoints me.

It seems here in Montana even these political folks are just as dumb as the others who get behind the wheel after drinking. While one political party has not cornered the market on the reckless behavior, it appears the GOP has a substantial lead in this category. At their Party convention next month, I suggest the leaders of the Montana GOP tell their members that they are starting to be perceived as the party of drunks. Continue reading