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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Thursday Numbers

Turn me loose, set me free
Somewhere in the middle of Montana
And give me all I’ve got coming to me
And keep your retirement and your
So called Social Security
Big city turn me loose and set me free
– “Big City” by Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016)

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Panama Papers, PayPal, a bull, unemployment, Feel the Bern in Montana, Cascade County Republicans & Jesse O’Hara, Great Falls Rescue Mission, NCAA men’s basketball championship, American Idol, Golden State Warriors, UConn women, three wheels, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. – John Adams

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.

Today’s topics that caught my eye this week include U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Montana delegation, Montana’s military, Daines’ staff, Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath, Barrett Kaiser, Jesse O’Hara, plus much more!

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Monday’s Potpourri

Hello Monday!

I think I may have overdosed on football this weekend – or maybe it was the barbecue ribs. There are still two NFL games left to watch tonight. The good news is that I still have some ribs left over!

It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today’s topics include:

  • Jess O’Hara & Closed Primaries
  • Jim Nelson & Kim Davis
  • Phil Drake & Helena
  • What the Hay Contest
  • Gary Richrath & REO Speedwagon

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several stories out there to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column!

Today I provide commentary about revising the Montana House dress code, Senator-elect Steve Daines’ new committees and his plans as a senator, State Rep. Jesse O’Hara’s alert, plus one senator blocking a Veterans’ suicide prevention bill.

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye.”

NOTICE: No animals were harmed in the making of this column.

If 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about the Department of Veterans Affairs, State Rep. Jesse O’Hara, John Walsh’s “Brand New” campaign ad, Steve Daines’ “Gayla” campaign ad, canceling recess, sending a message to Obama, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Montana Politics: Wittich v. O’Hara

At least the divide in the Montana Republican Party is entertaining to watch – and fun to commentate about.

On March 5, the Great Falls Tribune published opinions from Republican State Rep. Jesse O’Hara and one from Republican Public Service Commission member Roger Koopman. I wrote about it HERE.

Rep. Jesse O’Hara wrote:

Somewhere along the way, extremists have anointed themselves the arbiters of all things Republican. The failed leadership team of Sens. Art Wittich and Jason Priest, along with their mouthpieces, Jeff Essmann and Edward Walker, illustrated their 10-year plan to purge the party in a series of leaked emails.

Yesterday (March 11) the majority leader of the Montana Senate, Republican Art Wittich, responded to O’Hara calling O’Hara’s opinion a “hit piece.” He threw this little dagger:

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Published in: on March 12, 2014 at 7:32 am  Comments Off on Montana Politics: Wittich v. O’Hara  
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Montana Politics: O’Hara v. Koopman

My favorite President, Ronald Reagan, was once quoted saying, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally not a 20% traitor.”

Wisdom like that is missing from today’s Republican Party. In recent years a candidate like Reagan would probably face a challenge from a Tea Party candidate if he ran for public office in Montana.

Today (March 5) the Great Falls Tribune has published a couple of “Montana Soap Box” opinions, one from Republican State Rep. Jesse O’Hara and one from Republican Public Service Commission member Roger Koopman. You can read their views HERE and HERE.

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Politics 2012: Contested!

I happened to see a letter to the editor that appeared in the Great Falls Tribune yesterday from Gary Marbut of Missoula regarding current House District 18 Representative Jesse O’Hara (Republican).  Marbut was not too happy with O’Hara’s votes on gun issues in the last Montana Legislature.  O’Hara is running for re-election.

You can read the letter HERE.

According to this website, Marbut is the President of the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA).  In his letter he throws his support behind Republican Randy Pinocci.  O’Hara and Pinocci will be facing off in the GOP primary in June and the winner will take on Democrat Colter McCarty in the General Election. (more…)