Caught My Eye…

I was hoping for a battle of wits, but you appear to be unarmed. – Unknown

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Legislative Referendum 129
  • Recounts in Montana
  • Cascade County Elections
  • Ryan Zinke
  • CNN’s Jim Acosta
  • Fox News’ Tucker Carlson
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer

Today is the last day of school for Great Falls Public Schools! Have a great summer!

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 unemployment, an eavesdropping satellite, Steve Bullock, Montana voter turnout, satisfaction levels, Bristol Palin & Dakota Meyer, Greg Gianforte, Terry Nelson, Yellowstone National Park, Cascade County elections, school attendance, Kansas City Royals, potential recount, Ryan Zinke & Denise Juneau, Maria Sharapova, and much more!

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Final Super Tuesday Analysis

Election night is kind of like the Super Bowl to political junkies like me. Thanks to all those who texted, emailed, tweeted and re-tweeted The Western Word last night. It was fun – let’s do it again in November!

One thing was pretty evident as the races unfolded last night: The candidates who sent their bumper stickers to The Western Word did well on Primary Election Day.

Thanks to all the people who ran for elective office – you make this country great. All the results are still unofficial.

Here are some results and comments about Cascade County Elections, Montana Supreme Court #3 (Juras, Sandefur, & Mills), Public Service Commission #2 (Bushman vs. O’Donnell), SD-10 (Fitzpatrick vs. J.C. Kantorowicz), HD-19 (McKamey vs. Pinocci), HD-20 (Anderson vs. Buck), HD-22 (Sheldon-Galloway vs. Loney), Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are several stories that caught my attention:

  • Great Falls School Board Election
  • The “Rainbow” Forecast
  • Montana Speed Limit Increase
  • Chemtrails
  • Marathon Kiss
  • The AF General & Native Americans

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MT Campaign 2014: Endorsements, Signs, & New Rules

Welcome to HUMP DAY!!!

There were a couple big endorsements in Montana politics recently – Rosendale and the Tea Party Express, and Walsh and the National Organization for Women. Plus, Cascade County decided they needed new regulations for Election Day. It was also a slow news day at Lee Newspapers in Montana and in Santa Barbara, California. Read on…

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