The Monday Memo

What started as a virus has mutated into an IQ test. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Bullock-Daines Debate
  • The Debate Poll

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Gianforte: Anger Management, Community Service, & No Jail

Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.

Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.

This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.

It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.

MTN New reported it like this:

West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.

But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.

So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal. – Richard M. Nixon

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Malcontent Malarkey
  • Lee Newspapers & Zinke
  • HB 430
  • Last Night in Sweden
  • NBA All-Star Game

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. – Alfred A. Montapert

Today I take a look at State Government emails, guns in checked baggage, Make Russia Great Again, Residential Snowplowing, National Championship poll results, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Vogel, Motl, the Six, & Emails

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. – Rudyard Kipling

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

  • Randy Vogel
  • Jonathan Motl
  • State of Montana Emails
  • The Six

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