Caught My Eye…

Just because some people are fueled by drama doesn’t mean you have to attend the performance. ― Cheryl Richardson

Welcome to the big column 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 independent commentary so be warned!

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

  • Cascade County Republicans
  • Jon Bennion
  • Green New Deal
  • Jussie Smollett
  • Lara Logan
  • One More Thing

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CCRCC‎: The “Bullet” Statement

I’ve written a few times that members of the Republican Party seem to be forming a circular firing squad because of their ridiculous fights about some members not being conservative enough. Just about anyone who follows Montana politics knows that the Cascade County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) is in constant turmoil because of the silly fight.

It just got very serious – life and death serious.

Over the weekend, David Murray of the Great Falls Tribune reported on the CCRCC in a story titled, “A House Divided: Local GOP in bitter leadership dispute.” You can read it HERE. It’s about 2,300 words, so top off your coffee cup. It’s pretty shocking what Murray uncovered.

Murray reports:

The depth of the chasm separating the GOP candidates was spotlighted last week when the Great Falls Tribune obtained an audio recording of a CCRCC meeting held April 7. Comments made during that meeting have prompted allegations of hostility, bias and racism, and have led Republicans on both sides of the divide to question their opponents’ conservative credentials.

J.C. Kantorowicz is a Republican candidate for Senate District 10. His opponent in the primary is Steve Fitzpatrick. Kantorowicz has called Fitzpatrick a RINO (Republican In Name Only) because he considers Fitzpatrick too moderate. I’ve written about him HERE and HERE.

During a CRCC meeting to discuss the process of selecting local delegates to attend the State Convention, according to the Tribune the following exchange took place:

J.C. Kantorowicz, primary candidate for Senate District 10: “So does this mean I have to come back on the 21st to keep Roger Hagan and Steve Fitzpatrick from going?”

George Paul, CCRCC chairman: “Well, there’s a good chance you’re going to have to come back.”

Judy Tankink, CCRCC secretary: “Unless you have a proxy. Would a proxy work in a situation like that?”

Kantorowicz: “A bullet would.”

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Thursday Numbers

Turn me loose, set me free
Somewhere in the middle of Montana
And give me all I’ve got coming to me
And keep your retirement and your
So called Social Security
Big city turn me loose and set me free
– “Big City” by Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016)

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Panama Papers, PayPal, a bull, unemployment, Feel the Bern in Montana, Cascade County Republicans & Jesse O’Hara, Great Falls Rescue Mission, NCAA men’s basketball championship, American Idol, Golden State Warriors, UConn women, three wheels, and much more!

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