Caught My Eye…

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 that I am providing commentary on today include Tester’s big bucks, grading the Montana legislature, Mayor of Billings, Chocolate Cake & Missiles, I Like Big Bombs, Reefer Madness in Canada, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain

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

A special shout-out goes to the “paid professional agitators/protesters” who are reading CME today!

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 that I am providing commentary on today include The Western Word town hall poll, mail-in ballots & pot, Planned Parenthood, WH Press Briefing & KECI, Trump & Nukes, one more thing, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Where’s Daines, Mail Ballots, & Zinke

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. – Benjamin Franklin

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Daines Rescheduled
  • Emergency Chairman’s Report
  • Montana GOP & Tester & Zinke

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Thursday Numbers

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. – Robert Kennedy

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of December! 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 Taylor Swift, Victoria’s Secret, Steve Daines, OPEC, unemployment, Jon Tester, Tiger Woods, Nancy Pelosi, Big Mac, Steve Bullock, Montana Republican Party, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Tester, Essmann, Taxes, & Emails

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are. – Cal Thomas

Today is one of those days that make it great to be an independent blogger!

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Tester’s Fundraising
  • Essmann Tweets
  • The Sales Tax Issue
  • Deleting emails

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Thursday Numbers

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. – Thomas Fuller

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of September! 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 unemployment, Montana GOP, medical marijuana, Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Denise Juneau, Montana highway deaths, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Walmart & toys, Susan Carstensen & Greg Gianforte, immigration, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. – Elbert Hubbard

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 Hot Lotto jackpot, dark money, Montana Cash jackpot, unemployment, Decision America Tour, fighter pilots, Zinke fundraiser, Paul Ryan, Trump Towers, NFL preseason, rain, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. – George Edward Woodberry

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 cash to Iran, state revenue concerns, state liquor stores, Gianforte donations, unemployment, Home Depot in Missoula, the Montana GOP invoice, Bullock’s airfare, Obama’s commutations, the Fox News presidential poll, and much 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…

In honor of 9-11:

Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.  –U.S. Senator John Kerry (2004)

Welcome to Friday – and this is not just any Friday – this is the Friday before the first Sunday of NFL football!

If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! 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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Corey Stapleton and the Montana GOP, the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, fundraisers, Iran nuclear deal, government shutdown, the eleven, suicide awareness, and much more so buckle up!

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