Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the Big Show – which is also called “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. 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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I provide independent commentary about 348 jobs, Copper Commando & Montana Cowgirl, getting ready for 2016, tax relief bills, Jim Messina, Cleveland Cavaliers, the Worst Mother Selfies, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT House 2014: We Have a Candidate!

John Lewis is first.

Democrat John Lewis announced that he is running for Montana’s at-large U.S. House seat. Steve Daines currently occupies that seat. It seems that almost everyone is waiting for Daines to make a decision about running for U.S. Senate before they decide what to do.

Almost everyone except John Lewis – and you at least have to respect that. Lewis is running for U.S. House no matter what Daines does. This is somewhat refreshing considering what we’ve been seeing so far this election season – everyone waiting for the 800-pound gorilla to make a move.

Lee Newspapers reported that the announcement was “one of the first definitive moves in what’s become a political waiting game for Montana’s two major electoral contests in 2014…”   Continue reading

MT Senate 2014: The Plot Thickens…

The fine folks at Public Policy Polling (PPP) surveyed 1,011 Montana voters for a new poll about the 2014 U.S. Senate race featuring U.S. Senator Max Baucus.  They believe the race looks “competitive.”

Baucus was pitted against what seemed like everyone in the Montana GOP except the person who cleans their Headquarters in Helena (I think).

The poll was interesting (Read it here PDF). Here are some of my thoughts:

The poll told us that Baucus has a job performance rating of 45% approve and 48% disapprove which is not too alarming to me. One thing to remember is that Baucus has spent the last few years taking a backseat to Jon Tester, Steve Daines, and Steve Bullock and the millions upon millions spent in the campaign of 2012. Baucus can spend a few thousand dollars in statewide media to tell people what he’s done lately and change those numbers quickly. Baucus is already working on this. The groups who support him are working on it, too. Money won’t be a problem because Baucus can raise money like no other politician in Montana history.

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Politics 2012: Polls, START, Trump, & Spelling

We made it to Wednesday, congratulations!  This afternoon it’s officially acceptable to start thinking about and planning your weekend!

Today on The Western Word (TWW), I talk about the latest poll results, the START Treaty debate, Independent Candidates getting a small break, Clinching, the Trump factor, the Polish issue, spelling, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

If it’s Friday, then it’s another edition of “Caught My Eye!” I want to congratulate you for making it. TGIF.

Spring is in the air and some of us received our first 70 degree day this year, so the last thing on your mind is sitting inside at your computer and reading this column. But we have you covered as The Western Word is available on your mobile device to read when you are sitting in the backyard, at the park, or when traveling! www.TheWesternWord.com

Before we get going, I have to ask a personal question: Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia?

Friggatriskaidekaphobia is “A morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.” Since today is Friday the 13th, you might be showing symptoms!

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Caught My Eye…

Hey Caught My Eye (CME) fans…you’ve made it to another Friday and as is normal I congratulate you on this milestone. To signify the importance of another edition of Caught My Eye being published, Britain decided to have a Royal Wedding and the United States decided to launch Space Shuttle Endeavour today.

I thank both countries…

If this is your first visit, CME is not a government-run health program; it is just a weekly column that I publish on Fridays. I take a look (sometimes sarcastically) at stories that I did not have time to write about during the week and let folks read about some stories that may not have made their local newscasts or papers.

Besides, it is Friday and you deserve a break from all the crap you put up with this week.

The only requirement to read CME is that you must show me your long-form certificate of live birth (Just kiddin).

Today I take a look at the birther issue, urban chickens, name-calling, the Montana Legislature, and doggie doors. I also check my political inbox….so let’s get going! Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Oh yes! You have made it to another Friday and this one is special because it is April Fools’ Day! So congratulations!

Although this is normally the day to “fool” people, here at The Western Word we sometimes poke fun at people or issues every week in the Caught My Eye column. Caught My Eye is where I take a look at some of the stories that I did not have time to write about during the week and comment about them (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

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