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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Caught My Eye…

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle. – Robert Anthony

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME) – there’s more good news: It’s National Donut Day – and it’s Friday – how great is that?

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 Primary Tuesday, Billings Gazette & Work, Bumper Sticker Mania, the Clinton Speech, and One More Thing…

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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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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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Caught My Eye…

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. – Terry Pratchett

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME) – and the good news is that this is CME #299. How cool is that?

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 Clinton/Trump in Billings, the new anti-Gianforte Ad “Believe,” Senate District 10 battle, comments about my recent column, bumper sticker mania, former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, Armed Forces Day, plus a lot more!

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CCRCC‎: The “Bullet” Statement

I’ve written a few times that members of the Republican Party seem to be forming a circular firing squad because of their ridiculous fights about some members not being conservative enough. Just about anyone who follows Montana politics knows that the Cascade County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) is in constant turmoil because of the silly fight.

It just got very serious – life and death serious.

Over the weekend, David Murray of the Great Falls Tribune reported on the CCRCC in a story titled, “A House Divided: Local GOP in bitter leadership dispute.” You can read it HERE. It’s about 2,300 words, so top off your coffee cup. It’s pretty shocking what Murray uncovered.

Murray reports:

The depth of the chasm separating the GOP candidates was spotlighted last week when the Great Falls Tribune obtained an audio recording of a CCRCC meeting held April 7. Comments made during that meeting have prompted allegations of hostility, bias and racism, and have led Republicans on both sides of the divide to question their opponents’ conservative credentials.

J.C. Kantorowicz is a Republican candidate for Senate District 10. His opponent in the primary is Steve Fitzpatrick. Kantorowicz has called Fitzpatrick a RINO (Republican In Name Only) because he considers Fitzpatrick too moderate. I’ve written about him HERE and HERE.

During a CRCC meeting to discuss the process of selecting local delegates to attend the State Convention, according to the Tribune the following exchange took place:

J.C. Kantorowicz, primary candidate for Senate District 10: “So does this mean I have to come back on the 21st to keep Roger Hagan and Steve Fitzpatrick from going?”

George Paul, CCRCC chairman: “Well, there’s a good chance you’re going to have to come back.”

Judy Tankink, CCRCC secretary: “Unless you have a proxy. Would a proxy work in a situation like that?”

Kantorowicz: “A bullet would.”

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Caught My Eye…

There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water. – Alan Clark

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME).

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 the closed primary lawsuit, Last, Lowest, Almost Last, Worst, Near Dead Last, Juneau v. Zinke & Big Money, Tester & USAJobs.gov, medical marijuana for veterans, Senate District 10 fight, GF School Board Forum, Hillary & Bernie debate, 2016 NFL Schedules, 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and much more!

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