Thursday Numbers

Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs

Welcome to the “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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Powerball lottery, unemployment, gonorrhea & Montana, Montana Republican Party, candidate filing, graduation rate, State of the Union speech, U.S. House, Republican Presidential debate, Nick Saban, Pro Picks contest, and much more!

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Schweitzer: Five Minutes on FBN

The Fox Business Network (FBN) went after former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer this week. Yes, the Fox Business Network.

The title of their five-minute piece about Schweitzer was “Liberal Non-Profit Skirts IRS Rule” and David Asman reported that Schweitzer’s non-profit was “skirting IRS rules on political activity.” You can watch it HERE. Asman seems really excited about his report. The words “IRS Scandal” can be seen throughout the segment.

The former governor should probably feel a little slighted that he was only mentioned on FBN because their ratings are not that good. I don’t watch FBN, so I found out about the story when “Voices of Montana” host Aaron Flint wrote about it on his award-winning blog, “The Flint Report.” You can read his take on the story HERE.

The Montana Republican Party pounced on it (that’s their job) with Tweets like, “Brian Schweitzer caught in dark money expose!” There’s a post on the blog, “The Lowdown,” which is run by Great Falls Tribune reporter John Adams. You can read his story HERE.

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