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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday.  You’ve almost made it to another weekend and this one is special – it’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Saturday – so be careful out there and have fun!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word and reading “Caught My Eye,” welcome!  Caught My Eye is posted every Friday morning right here!  In this column I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week – often with a touch of sarcasm thrown in for good measure.  Be advised – everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about C-130s, Vacation ideas, Self-Funded Candidates, No Enthusiasm, Seeing If It Sticks, Being Ineligible to Vote, a real Democrat, the Montana Supremes, and Vasectomies (ouch!).  I also open my political inbox and share some of the best e-mails…

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Politics 2012: Wednesday Potpourri

The Western Word is a great place to stop by to read independent commentary about politics, sports, the media, and current events – so thanks for visiting!

There have been a lot of political happenings across the country these last few days, so today I picked a few of them to write about.  Read on to hear about Santorum’s big wins, a Veterans’ Job Caucus, the Congressional Gold Medal, running mates, big fines, license plates, letter to the editor rules, some endorsements, and much more!

Oh…and there’s some commentary to go along with it.

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Monday Morning Politics

It’s another Monday and that means it’s time for another edition of “Monday Morning Politics” here at The Western Word!

In this column I take a look at some of the political stories that hit the internet over the weekend – and offer some commentary about each.

This week we look at trade deals, a convention, House fundraising, a mailer, ethics, a baseball team of candidates, backroom deals and much more! Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

The next couple of days will be very hot across Montana, but that will be nothing compared to how heated the political races will get between now and November 2012.

The Western Word (TWW) will be with you to enjoy the ride – and we’re here to provide some independent commentary about these races – and to be your destination for political information!

This week we take a look at U.S. Senate and House fundraising, a subpoena, a hearing, redistricting, partisanship and more!  Continue reading

Montana House 2012: Lining Up

If you are losing count of the number of folks who are lining up to run for Montana’s open House seat in 2012, you are not alone.

It looks like there are five now after State Sen. Kim Gillan of Billings announced that she was running on Tuesday. She joins Democrats State Rep. Franke Wilmer of Bozeman and Dave Strohmaier of Missoula.

On the Republican side, we have 402nd  generation Montanan Steve Daines (just joking, I think Daines claims he is only a 5th generation Montanan).  Folks are now saying they think Daines will stick to the U.S. House race (he was running for U.S. Senate).  And we have the GOP candidate that nobody wants to be associated with, John Abarr, who reports say once worked as a Ku Klux Klan organizer and is auditing the nights (or knights) at local hotel in Great Falls (sorry, that was a night auditor and not auditor of the nights or knights). Continue reading