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…

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME) – the final CME before Election Day!

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 this week include Tschida vs Motl, School Bus Drivers, Gianforte Ads, I pick the 2016 election winners, One More Thing, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

The press is the enemy. – Richard M. Nixon

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)! This is CME edition #320 – is that cool or what?

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 this week include Presidential debate poll results, Judge John McKeon, endorsements & Dirk Sandefur, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), City of Great Falls & cellphones, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Juras/Sandefur, Tribune, Ballots, & Poll

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

Today these items caught my attention:

  • Montana Supreme Court
  • Tribune & the “P” Word
  • May I Drop Off Your Ballot
  • The Final Debate Poll

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Final Super Tuesday Analysis

Election night is kind of like the Super Bowl to political junkies like me. Thanks to all those who texted, emailed, tweeted and re-tweeted The Western Word last night. It was fun – let’s do it again in November!

One thing was pretty evident as the races unfolded last night: The candidates who sent their bumper stickers to The Western Word did well on Primary Election Day.

Thanks to all the people who ran for elective office – you make this country great. All the results are still unofficial.

Here are some results and comments about Cascade County Elections, Montana Supreme Court #3 (Juras, Sandefur, & Mills), Public Service Commission #2 (Bushman vs. O’Donnell), SD-10 (Fitzpatrick vs. J.C. Kantorowicz), HD-19 (McKamey vs. Pinocci), HD-20 (Anderson vs. Buck), HD-22 (Sheldon-Galloway vs. Loney), Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. – William Butler Yeats

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • Zinke Endorses Trump
  • MBA Debate
  • Bumper Sticker Mania & Kristen Juras
  • State Senate District 10
  • Jesse O’Hara
  • McDonald & Disneyland

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

Politics is no longer theater, it’s show business. So let’s put on the best show in town. – Frank Underwood (House of Cards)

It’s hump day – and a big day for political news! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Analysis of the Presidential Primary
  • Montana Primary Races – My Two Cents
  • Bumper Sticker Mania

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TWW: The Best of 2015

Thanks to you, 2015 was another great year here at The Western Word (TWW)!

Special thanks to the 209 subscribers to TWW. By the way, you can be notified of new columns by subscribing – and it’s FREE. You can do that by clicking on the +Follow tab in the bottom right corner and entering your e-mail address, or by going to the subscribe box on the right side of the page and entering your e-mail address there.

It is always fun to see which columns are viewed the most and from where the columns are viewed. This past year people from 98 countries visited TWW. A special “shout-out” to the four people in China who stopped by! Besides the United States, the other top countries for visitors to TWW are Brazil and Canada.

In 2015, there were 311 new posts which bring the total archive of this blog to 2,730 posts.

Top Five Columns for 2015:

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Thursday Numbers

And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? – Chuck Noland (Cast Away)

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 the National Defense Authorization Act, Montana campaign fundraising, health insurance, Murdoch tweets, airfares, Olbermann, unemployment, game day signs, U.S. Supreme Court, NFL, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.   – Winston Churchill

Welcome to the Big Show – “Caught My Eye!”

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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I provide independent commentary about the Montana Legislature, Loretta Lynch & the Montana delegation, Adam Sanchez, Jr., & Cascade County, former Judge G. Todd Baugh, former General David Petraeus, and Barry Bonds. Plus, we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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