Campaign 2014: Post-Election Analysis

It was a pretty boring election night in Montana, except when the Montana Secretary of State’s website with election results went down a few times. Most of the candidates I thought would win actually won and the races that I was interested in were not that close.

Thanks to all the people who visted my website and followed me on Twitter throughout the evening.

Here is my analysis of Campaign 2014 – I write about U.S. Senate and House races, Montana Senate, Montana House, State Legislature, Supreme Court, Ballot issues, plus I grade the media coverage of it all.



Campaign 2014: One More Day!

The final push is here! Voters head to the polls on Tuesday and late Tuesday night we’ll start seeing the results. There will be tears of happiness and there will be tears of sorrow.

Thanks to all the candidates who ran for office in 2014.

You need to vote! If you are from Montana, click HERE to find out how. If you are from some other state, click HERE.

The Western Word (TWW) will have all hands on deck for election night. I will be up most of the night following the races and providing independent updates (and these updates will be posted mostly before anyone else).

So, here is what you need to do: You need to follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord for updates. If you don’t have Twitter, go to my website and follow the Twitter feed on the right side of the screen (Hit refresh every few minutes).

Finally, make sure to buckle your seatbelts Tuesday night around 8:00 p.m. Montana time.

On Tuesday night I’ll be paying attention to U.S. Senate races in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Here in Montana there are some interesting races. Here are a few Montana races that will have my attention:


MT House 2014: Records Check

The long wait in Montana is over – according to Lee Newspapers Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke released “all of his Navy personnel evaluations” yesterday.

I won’t go as far as say “all” but there are quite a few.

Here at The Western Word I received a press release from the Zinke campaign with a link to the records last night at 9:17 p.m., which was over an hour after Lee Newspapers and over 30 minutes after the Associated Press had published their stories.

It’s a typical tactic from politicians and their communications people to try to generate the friendliest stories first to set the mood or to drive the story. The information is released to the ‘friendly” reporters or to the reporters who have no idea about the subject first. Sadly, my Beagle probably has about the same amount of military experience as most reporters covering military/veterans issues in Montana.

I’ve glanced through the documents I received and the following caught my attention. This is from a November 1, 1998 to June 15, 1999 report:


Published in: on October 28, 2014 at 7:36 am  Comments Off on MT House 2014: Records Check  
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Campaign 2014: Political Potpourri

We are eight days from Election Day 2014 – is this freaking exciting or what?

Today I write about Mailergate, new ads from John Lewis and Ryan Zinke, VanDyke’s colleague, DSCC chair, and much more!


Caught My Eye…

There are only 11 days until Election Day 2014 – the Crazy Train has left the station!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about Zinke’s records, Montana Family Foundation, Montana Supreme Court mailers, Congressman, not commando, a distillery tour, prom photos, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!


Campaign 2014: Debates, Messages, & Signs

Happy Monday – there are only 15 days left until Election Day 2014 – so the end is in sight!

Today I take a quick look at the debates, I write about a special e-mail I received, and I spotted a political sign with a special message.


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Caught My Eye…

Time to cue Crazy Train…All aboard! Hahahahahahaha…

There are only 18 days until Election Day 2014!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke/John Lewis fundraising, Amanda Curtis Ad, Yellowstone County Republicans, Florida FanGate, Houston Mayor & FRC, Kansas City Royals play in Missouri, plus there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!


Campaign 2014: Political Potpourri

With just 21 days left until Election Day 2014, there are some stories out there that made me chuckle a few times, and others that caught my attention. I’ve got links to all of them, plus some commentary in this column I like to call “Political Potpourri.”

Today I write about Captain Obvious, plagiarism and the senate race, plagiarism and the plaque, Curtis and YouTube, Lewis and guns, and much more!


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MT House 2014: I Love Guns More Than You Do!

The Ryan Zinke campaign released a new 30-second ad yesterday called “Shoot.”

As you can imagine, this ad is about guns. Gun rights are important to many Montanans.

The ad begins with, “Ryan Zinke was a Navy Seal.” (I think I have heard this somewhere before), and then adds, “He appreciates firearms – a Montana tradition.” The voice in the ad then says “John Lewis took money from pro-gun-control advocates, let them campaign for him.”

The voice in the ad then states: “Ryan Zinke is Montana. John Lewis is a Washington insider who will join team Pelosi and fight to keep Obamacare.”

I did get a good chuckle or two from the ad. I was a little disappointed that the ad did not have Ryan Zinke saying something like, “As a Navy Seal I once shot the legs off a fly from 500 yards away.”


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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Equal Government Service?

When I read about a newspaper editorial board endorsing a candidate or an issue, I couldn’t care less. Maybe it’s because I am not employed by the candidate and therefore the sun does not set or rise with every article about them published in the local newspapers.

It’s probably not an intelligent thing for Montana’s small daily newspapers to endorse a candidate anyway, because they ultimately tick off about half of their readers.

About the only thing a newspaper endorsement is good for is the candidate who can use it in their press releases and in their commercials.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle endorsed Democrat U.S. House candidate John Lewis on Tuesday over Republican Ryan Zinke.


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