The Monday Memo: Anon Mailers, Senate/House Polls, & Election Confidence

Vote like you understand that someone died for your right to do so. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Anonymous Mailers
  • U.S. Senate – Montana
  • Montana House At-Large
  • Bonus – U.S. Senate – Missouri
  • Gallup – Confidence in Elections

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Thursday Numbers

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. – Elbert Hubbard

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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Hot Lotto jackpot, dark money, Montana Cash jackpot, unemployment, Decision America Tour, fighter pilots, Zinke fundraiser, Paul Ryan, Trump Towers, NFL preseason, rain, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

I wasn’t born here, but I blog here. –Jackie M. (Mike) Brown @TheWesternWord

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s just about time to start my Christmas shopping – so I will see you at the stores today and tomorrow!

Today is one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • Best Montana Tweets of 2015
  • Gianforte is Exploring
  • Dark Money & the Wild West
  • Daines & the Red Kettle
  • Ice Ice Baby

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Caught My Eye…

We do not remember days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese

Welcome to Friday and the big show I like to call “Caught My Eye!” Can you believe this is the last day of July? Many of us are running out of Julys…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. 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’s topics include the Federal Highway bill, the Montana GOP and Dark Money, Veterans, Senate Appropriations Committee and the OPM data breach, the Cincinnati Shooting and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday – need I say more? Buckle up!

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 Dark Money & Religious Freedom in the Montana Legislature, Bowe Bergdahl, Ted Cruz, Harry Reid, a special obituary, plus I share a couple emails from my political inbox!

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MT Legislature: Dark Money

Tailored suits, chauffeured cars
Fine hotels and big cigars
Up for grabs, all for a price
Moneytalks by AC/DC

The Montana Legislature has been must-watch entertainment for the past few weeks, and we’re getting to a time in the 90-day session where the rubber meets the road. Members are a little tense and cranky. It’s a circus!

There are several reports from newspapers across the state today about the so-called “dark money” bill (Senate Bill 289) that was brought before a House committee yesterday. The Associated Press, Lee Newspapers, Great Falls Tribune, and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle all admirably covered the hearing.

With this much coverage, even Vice President Joe Biden would say “This is a big ^&%$% deal!”

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Congress: Same Old Same Old?

Congress heads back today for the ol’ “Lame Duck” session. Democrats in the senate will want to push some things through while they are in the majority; Republicans will want to wait because they will control the senate when the new congress takes over in January.

Then the Republicans will want to protect their majority for the 2016 election.

In other words, it will be the same old same old in Washington for the next two years. As I have written several times in the past, it’s all about the next election in Washington and the election in 2016 is a Presidential election. Neither side will want to make a mistake that will cost them the White House or control of the senate.

One thing they could address is campaign finance. Money flows to both sides pretty well.

CBS News recently reported, “The midterm election this month was the most expensive in history and $145 million came from anonymous donors.”

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