Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. – Will Rogers

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Montana & REAL ID
  • Chick-fil-A & Tim Fox
  • Jon Tester & Robocalls

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Caught My Eye…

A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority. -Rick Warren

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

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Colstrip 4 & Northwestern Energy
  • Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
  • Affordable Care Act/Obamacare
  • Adam Schiff
  • One More Thing

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Monday’s Potpourri

Hello Monday!

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:

  • UM Law School Grads
  • Tweet of the Week
  • Ben Carson
  • 10 Days

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Thursday Numbers

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. – Walt Whitman

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” 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 Great Falls & the power business, Glacier National Park & fire, Tom Brady, a path to citizenship, Boehner & McConnell, Sanders/Clinton & New Hampshire, Trump/Carson & Iowa, powerful women staffers, approval ratings, Kansas City Royals, Downpour Music Festival, and much more!

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BREAKING: Powder River Training Complex Approved

Despite the whole Montana Congressional Delegation being against it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the final approval to the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC). (Source)

This will extend into southeastern Montana an air training area that would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. It will expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles that is used for training. PRTC will save millions of tax dollars because crews will train closer to home. That means they will also be closer to their families. If the area had been approved for training 2013, the Air Force estimates it would have saved $21 million.

Congratulations go to U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) who worked tirelessly on this plan and his unwavering support for our nation’s military.

On the other hand, U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, and Representative Ryan Zinke (and before that Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Denny Rehberg) dishonored the military by coming out against the PRTC.

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