Thursday Numbers

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

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 Jon Tester & the Thornton Law Firm, unemployment, Duck Dynasty, 115th Congress demographics, grizzly bears, Garfield County Montana, Orrin G. Hatch, Montana Legislators’ pay raise, auto thefts in Great Falls, Great American Smokeout, drunk driving in Montana, oil & gas leases, Ryan Zinke & “American Commander,” College Football Playoff rankings, lobbying, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith

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 fundraising, unemployment, pumpkins, Planned Parenthood, law enforcement officers, marijuana, Montana state auditor poll, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – Soren Kierkegaard

Welcome to Wednesday – It’s June 1 and we’re less than a week away from Primary Election day in Montana!

Today is another 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!

Today’s topics include:

  • Political Fundraising on Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day & Elected Officials
  • Popeyes & Rehberg
  • Circular Firing Squad
  • Veterans Administration
  • Trump & the Media

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Post #2,600: Media Trackers & Tester

Today is the 2,600th column posted here at The Western Word.

Please, no parades.

It all started January 10, 2005, and when it will stop nobody knows. One day I envision TWW ending like Forrest Gump ended his run across the United States by saying, “I’m pretty tired…I think I’ll go home now.”

But TWW won’t end today…

What recently caught my attention was the story posted by the Montana branch of the Media Trackers about U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, and his schedule and fundraising. It was titled “Tester Omits $10K a Ticket NYC Fundraiser with Obama from Schedule.

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Campaign 2016: Fundraising

Welcome to July! While many of us are thinking about the Independence Day holiday this weekend, those in the political world were thinking about the end of the second quarter fundraising.

Last night (June 30) at midnight was the deadline. Some groups and politicians wanted those of us on their email lists to believe it was the end of the world and they needed a few of our dollars to help their campaigns survive.

Here are some of my favorite fundraising emails:

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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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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide commentary about the Montana Legislature, Ryan Zinke, Jon Tester, Veterans, John Boehner, Bob McDonnell, and much more.

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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – You made it to Friday and to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

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

Today I write about Bullock and Tester, Planned Parenthood, Chemtrails, Max Baucus, Little People, plus we have a group that is Making Montana Proud!

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The Bohlinger Factor

Former Republican Lt. Governor and current Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Bohlinger has played the game of politics pretty well this past week. Some observers might think his actions are straight from (former Governor) Brian Schweitzer’s playbook. Bohlinger was Schweitzer’s Lt. Governor.

Schweitzer’s gimmicks and actions always included getting the media to play along, and Bohlinger has accomplished that feat like an honor roll student.

Last Tuesday night Bohlinger told folks attending the Lewis and Clark County Democratic Central Committee dinner in Helena of his intentions to run for U.S. Senate, and a story was published about it the next day.

Last Wednesday when Republican Steve Daines was holding a “special event” in Bozeman to announce his U.S. Senate candidacy, Bohlinger told Lee Newspapers:

We need to challenge the tea party representatives who like the Taliban shut our country down,” Bohlinger told reporters, comparing it to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and the terrorists’ actions on Sept. 11, 2001.

That statement sent the Tea Party crowd over the edge – and sent the Daines announcement to the back page.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to March and “Sequestration Day 2013.” Do you feel different? I’ve heard that the Feds may cut down on the number of drones they have spying on us, and we will probably see fewer chemtrails in our skies…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column 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 the racist joke, no free concerts, ninth DUI, Champ Edmunds, the fertilizer spill, wolf kills, Secretary of Defense votes, DUIs in Helena, Woodward, plus I dust off Jack’s Political Inbox and peek inside!  There’s a lot more so read on…

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