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 Political Odds & Ends

Politics is no longer theater, it’s show business. So let’s put on the best show in town. – Frank Underwood (House of Cards)

It’s hump day – and a big day for political news! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Analysis of the Presidential Primary
  • Montana Primary Races – My Two Cents
  • Bumper Sticker Mania

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Campaign 2014: One More Day!

The final push is here! Voters head to the polls on Tuesday and late Tuesday night we’ll start seeing the results. There will be tears of happiness and there will be tears of sorrow.

Thanks to all the candidates who ran for office in 2014.

You need to vote! If you are from Montana, click HERE to find out how. If you are from some other state, click HERE.

The Western Word (TWW) will have all hands on deck for election night. I will be up most of the night following the races and providing independent updates (and these updates will be posted mostly before anyone else).

So, here is what you need to do: You need to follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord for updates. If you don’t have Twitter, go to my website TheWesternWord.com and follow the Twitter feed on the right side of the screen (Hit refresh every few minutes).

Finally, make sure to buckle your seatbelts Tuesday night around 8:00 p.m. Montana time.

On Tuesday night I’ll be paying attention to U.S. Senate races in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Here in Montana there are some interesting races. Here are a few Montana races that will have my attention:

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Campaign 2014: Loney v. Jacobson Part II

Back in the election of 2012, Democrat Tom Jacobson beat incumbent Republican Cleve Loney by 74 votes in state house district 25 (HD 25). It looks like there will be a rematch in 2014, which will make it one of the more interesting races to watch. Due to redistricting, the district is now HD 21. I am not a resident of this district.

Readers may remember that after the election, Loney filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices “alleging various campaign violations arising from the conduct at the Expo Park, Great Falls, during the General Election on November 7, 2012.”

The complaint was dismissed.

Last March I wrote:

One part of the complaint was about a state senator (Anders Blewett) who was not on the ballot and wore a nametag, and a candidate (Jacobson) who was on the ballot and who did not wear a nametag passing out chips, candy, and water to people who were waiting in line to vote at the Expo Park in Great Falls (MT). The commissioner’s report stated there was no evidence they talked to people about voting or who to vote for or even campaigned.

Basically they were just being really nice guys.

Let’s get real.

If you believe an elected official or a candidate is hanging out at a polling place and passing out chips, water, and candy only out of the goodness of their hearts, then I have some oceanfront property to sell you near Geyser.

Since chips, water, and candy is fine, what’s next? Maybe the local political parties and/or candidates can host a barbecue in the Expo Park parking lot on Election Day 2014. They can also serve water, pop, wine, and beer! Let’s make it a great day!

Jacobson also made a name for himself during his time in Helena at the legislature. Lee Newspapers had the story:

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MT Politics: Just Being Really Nice Guys

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, James W. Murry, ruled on the Loney versus Moore, Blewett, Jacobson, and Boland complaint yesterday. It was not a big surprise to me that Commissioner Murry ruled against Loney.

To set this up a little, Republican Cleve Loney was running for reelection in Montana State House District 25. Democrat Tom Jacobson was his opponent. When the dust settled, Jacobson beat Loney by 74 votes out of the 5,068 votes cast. By the way, I am not a voter in this district.

One part of the complaint was about a state senator (Blewett) who was not on the ballot and wore a nametag, and a candidate (Jacobson) who was on the ballot and who did not wear a nametag passing out chips, candy, and water to people who were waiting in line to vote at the Expo Park in Great Falls (MT). The commissioner’s report stated there was no evidence they talked to people about voting or who to vote for or even campaigned.

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Caught My Eye…

As we continue to speed toward the “end of the Mayan calendar” and for the “fiscal cliff” it’s time to pause and remember that this is Friday – and you made it through another hectic week. You deserve a pat on the back for that alone, so congratulations!

To add to the hysteria, Christmas is just 11 days away…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! This is 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 some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about Susan Rice, Best Quotes of 2012, NRSC & Todd Aiken, Charlie Crist, Cleve Loney, Justin Bieber, and much more!

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