The Wednesday Read: Graham-Cassidy and Stapleton

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Graham-Cassidy
  • Corey, Corey, Corey

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The Wednesday Read: Gianforte, Tester, & McCaskill

I take my vacation on the combine and tractor. – Jon Tester

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Friends & Family Vacation
  • Gianforte & WH Press Briefing
  • Lee Newspapers & Tester
  • WaPo on Gianforte

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Caught My Eye…

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. – Bob Hope

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

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Republicans & Healthcare, Montana & fuel taxes, special election by mail, Daylight Saving Time, One More Thing, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Election Bloodbath

In the state of Montana, the Republicans almost wiped out the Democrats in statewide races. It was a bloodbath.

It all started with Democrat U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau losing to incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke. I never actually thought that race would be close. It wasn’t.

There are still votes to be counted because for some reason election after election it seems the Montana election officials have problems election night counting the votes. I checked some national maps at 6:30 a.m. and states like Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Utah all had 99% of their votes counted. Montana had 90% at that time (78% of precincts reporting).

So we wait, and wait, and wait.

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Caught My Eye…

In honor of 9-11:

Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.  –U.S. Senator John Kerry (2004)

Welcome to Friday – and this is not just any Friday – this is the Friday before the first Sunday of NFL football!

If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where 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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Corey Stapleton and the Montana GOP, the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, fundraisers, Iran nuclear deal, government shutdown, the eleven, suicide awareness, and much more so buckle up!

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MT Politics 2014: Primary Thoughts

It was primary election day on Tuesday and that means it’s almost as great a Super Bowl Sunday for me! I hope you voted for the candidate of your choice! If you were a candidate, thanks for running.

Here are some of my thoughts about the main races: U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

It did not take long for Representative Steve Daines to win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate here in Montana. The race was called for Daines around 8:35 p.m.

A few minutes after 9:00 p.m. Democratic Senator John Walsh was declared the winner of the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. In a statement received here at The Western Word (TWW) Walsh said, “We know what’s at stake with this election, and we will keep holding broken Washington – from our own Congressman to the White House – accountable.”

I did not receive a statement from the Daines campaign.

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MT Campaign 2014: Two Weeks!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) marks two weeks before the June 3 primary election – then the real fun starts!

Meanwhile, Republicans across Montana can be heard saying, “Candidate, candidate on the ballot, who is the purest conservative of them all.”

I’m thinking they may need to conduct a DNA test or play a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors to settle this dilemma.

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MT Campaign 2014: New Ads from Corey & Steve

The absentee ballots for Montana’s Primary Election were scheduled to go out yesterday (Monday, May 5). The campaign ads are in full force and can be seen on the local television stations. Today I take a closer look at two more ads – one from Corey Stapleton, a Republican who is running for the U.S. House in Montana, and one from Steve Daines, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate in Montana.

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MT House 2014: The Circular Firing Squad

Today I was going to write about the new TV ads from the Ryan Zinke and John Walsh campaigns – two veterans who honorably served their country. I was probably going to mention the fact that they did not shoot at drones in their campaign ads.

All that changed when I read an e-mail from Ken Miller and then heard similar comments from Rick Hill.

Miller sent an e-mail yesterday in effect saying Zinke was not conservative enough. Miller wrote, “State Senators Matt Rosendale, Corey Stapleton and Elsie Arntzen would all serve this state and conservatives well.”

Ironically, Hill posted a message on his Facebook page yesterday basically saying Zinke was not conservative enough, too. Hill supports Elsie Arntzen saying, “I am supporting Elsie’s candidacy. There are three strong conservatives to choose from. But Ryan is not one of them.”

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” – the last one for April, so buckle up!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Barry Beach and Bullock, Lawrence VanDyke and the Supremes, Corey Stapleton telling us “Folks are Upset,” Cliven Bundy telling us “about the Negro,” and (sadly) about 40 veterans who died in Arizona.

Plus, we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud! Read on…

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