Campaign 2014: LR-126 & Supreme Court Mailers

Today I take a look at the debate between Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (D) and state Rep. Champ Edmunds (R) about Legislative Referendum 126 (LR-126), and the mailer I received about the Montana Supreme Court race. I also comment about a new Gallup Poll that asked about members of Congress.

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MT Senate 2014: Democrats Debate

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.  – Colin Powell

It was a great day on Saturday as The Western Word travel budget allowed me the opportunity to attend the candidate debate between Democrats U.S. Sen. John Walsh, former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, and rancher Dirk Adams. The debate was held at the Benefis Hospital’s Cameron Auditorium, which is about four blocks from The Western Word world headquarters.

I counted around 100 people in the auditorium. The debate lasted a little over 90 minutes. Somebody brought cookies, which was a nice touch. People were friendly. The debate was sponsored by the Great Falls Tribune and Benefis Health System.

There were 10 questions asked (one of them was mine) dealing with issues from Obamacare to defense to the environment to gun control to politics. Ironically, nobody asked what the word “Benefis” means. Each candidate was able to give opening and closing remarks.

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MT Senate 2014: A Primary Debate for Some

Congratulations to the Great Falls (MT) Tribune for hosting a candidate debate between the Democrats running for U.S. Senate. Senator John Walsh, former Lt. Governor John Bohlinger, and rancher Dirk Adams have agreed to participate. I applaud them for taking part in the debate.

The debate is scheduled for Saturday May 3 at the Benefis East Campus Cameron Auditorium. It starts at 1:00 p.m.

On the other side of the aisle, it’s disappointing that two of the three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate either did not respond to the invitation or declined. Missoula state Rep. Champ Edmunds agreed to participate. The Tribune reported that Congressman Steve Daines “declined to participate” and newcomer Susan Cundiff “did not respond” to an invitation.

It was good to see that the Tribune allowed Edmunds a chance to respond to Daines’ declining to debate him.  Edmunds said:

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Medicare payments to doctors, John Walsh, unemployment, Montana State Fair, Champ Edmunds, Titanic, ESPN’s Bracket Challenge, stolen explosives, armed agents from the BLM and FBI, quality of education, Minuteman III missiles, Archie Andrews RIP, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tax Day, approval ratings for congress, election performance rankings, UConn women, seven astronauts, 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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Caught My Eye…

You did not think a little cold weather would keep me from writing another “Caught My Eye” did you? No way! I’ll give up writing “Caught My Eye” when you pry my cold, dead hands from the keyboard…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when 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 a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Nelson Mandela, Champ Edmunds & Steve Daines, GOP Tutoring, ObamaCare, Seven Percent, plus we have two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to your Friday favorite – “Caught My Eye!” Thank you for stopping by.

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when 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 a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Real Conservatives, ObamaCare, Impeachment, a Google Search, Preparing for the Race, plus there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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