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Hello Friday!

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If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I provide valuable independent commentary about coal & copying, Commissioner of Political Practices, Secure Rural Schools, getting tased, the worst jobs of 2015, Britt McHenry & the tow company, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye!” Hopefully this column will help make the time go by quickly for those of you counting the hours before you are on vacation for the rest of the year!

By the way, be careful at today’s office Christmas party!

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 the MT Senate jockeying, Brian Schweitzer, Tester’s Forest Jobs bill, Rep. Mike Miller and a Secretive Conservative Group, Smoking Shelters, a Book Sale, Phyllis from Mulga, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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So let it be written…

It was really not a surprise when I happened to catch a tweet from the Great Falls Tribune (@GFTribune) last night that said, “Commissioner of political practices resigns.”

After reading the story in Sunday’s Tribune about the current Commissioner, Dave Gallik, and the problems the office was having, I wrote in my column on Monday, “…here’s my advice to Gallik:  Resign.”

He did.  Gallik’s parting shot in today’s Tribune tells it all: “This is a political, Republican-based fight against me,” Gallik said. “Not necessarily against me, against anybody who wants to get the job done down there.” Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

Here’s a look at some of the political news that caught my attention recently. Of course, I offer my commentary about each!

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Caught My Eye…

Hello Caught My Eye (CME) fans – congrats for making it to another wonderful Friday. You’ve worked hard this week and you deserve a few minutes just for yourself to read Caught My Eye.

You have my permission!

If this is your first time reading CME, welcome to the almost “award winning” weekly column. In CME, I take a look (sometimes with sarcasm) at stories that I did not have time to write about during this week.

This week I take a look at bin Laden, millionaires, a goat, bras and panties, my political inbox, political practices, a kangaroo and MORE.  Here we go…. Continue reading

Montana Politics: Political Practices II

You can click HERE to read my previous column about this.

The 19 candidates for Commissioner of Political Practices here in Montana have been cut down to just four. We’ll call them “the final four.”

Thankfully, one of the people whom I did not want to be selected wasn’t. Some of my readers felt the same way in personal e-mails to me here at The Western Word. So, it’s a good day.

So now we have the “final four,” but as I wrote before the Governor can pick someone else. Who knows what will happen. The final four are:

-Edwin Jonas, a retired attorney and cattle rancher

-Brad Johnson, former Secretary of State

-Jennifer Hensley, former Tester staffer

-Jamie MacNaughton, a law student

The final four candidates are now being scrutinized as they should be. KRTV posted a story about Jonas and ethics charges that you can read HERE.

Like I mentioned in my previous column, there are several problems with that office. Additionally, in my opinion, any person who’s chosen for the position and who has been on one side of the political fence or the other will just cause problems for the office. Someone who is non-partisan would be best. Political donations, party affiliation, employed by a politician, etc., should all be reasons for disqualification.

In the story posted on KRTV’s website, State Senator Bob Story made some good points about the selection process – which adds even more fuel to the fire about the legislature making changes to this office. Story was quoted saying:

I think its awkward that we are sitting here with three lame duck leaders, picking nominees to go to a Governor who will basically be a lame duck also to select a person who has to be confirmed by a Senate that hasn’t been sworn in yet.

Sadly, State Senator Story has been in a unique position to do something about this problem, but he and the Montana State Legislature didn’t. Maybe the new legislature will tackle it between their meetings with lobbyists and those nightly cocktail parties…

Montana Politics: Political Practices

Some of my friends (yes, I have a few friends) contacted me about the Commissioner of Political Practices job opening in Helena urging me to throw my hat into the ring. The current commissioner’s term expires at the end of 2010.

I will still call these people my friends…and to dispel any rumors, I am not a candidate.

It seems with unemployment so high in Montana and across the nation many people decided to throw their names out there (for all to see) and hope Governor Brian Schweitzer selects them. It was first reported that 17 people applied. On Tuesday, we found there are two more, making it 19. Each are saying, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me.” Continue reading