TWW: The Best of 2015

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

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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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Caught My Eye…

Happy Valentine’s Day! Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye” and, for those of you heading to a three-day weekend, be good!

In case 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 just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about American Crossroads & Walsh, REAL ID & Daines, Lt. Governor Angela McLean, Senate Committee Assignments, KBGF (NBC) Great Falls, 24/7 DUI Program, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT Senate 2014: Advantage GOP

On Saturday I almost decided to write about former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s decision not to run for the U.S. Senate, but I chose to wait until today. My reason for waiting was that I figured just about everyone (and their aunt and uncle) would be writing about ol Brian’s decision.

I was correct.

Schweitzer was the center of attention for most of Saturday and his “NO” to the U.S. Senate race rolled across Merica via Twitter, Facebook, and the Associated Press wire services – maybe even carrier pigeon.

Schweitzer’s decision left Democrats with a vacancy they did not think they would need to fill. It looks as though they were left a little flat-footed with a lot of blah, blah, blah, coming from their convention afterwards.

The Sunday Great Falls Tribune published a story by reporter John Adams about Schweitzer and connections to dark money. Read it HERE. To me the most interesting part of Adams’ reporting was the part in the second paragraph that stated, “POLITICO reported that Democratic leaders uncovered a ‘laundry list of opposition research’ into Schweitzer’s past that could have ‘crippled a Schweitzer campaign.’”

Republicans were probably thinking, “Wow, it took them long enough.” Adams also wrote, “Schweitzer did not return multiple phone calls inquiring into the matter.”

I seriously doubt the Tribune report or the POLITICO story had anything to do with Schweitzer not running for U.S. Senate. Schweitzer does not seem to be the type of person who wants to follow or be one of a hundred in D.C. The “grind” of working three days a week in D.C. and spending two days per week on an airplane to and from Montana would get old for Schweitzer really fast.

Deep down Schweitzer (and almost everyone else) knows the senate seat was his if he really wanted it.

The Montana Cowgirl and the Montana Street Fighter have taken a look at possible contenders HERE and HERE.  I’m leaning toward EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock because she could raise some serious cash quickly. She knows Montana (Butte native) and was Senator Jon Tester’s campaign manager and Chief of Staff.   Continue reading