Caught My Eye…

There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. ­- Charles Spurgeon

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

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:

  • Just 18 Months
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Bravery
  • One More Thing

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Kavanaugh, Anderson, Woods, & Memories.

Thanks to the people that walked into my life and made it better. And thanks to the ones who walked out and made it amazing. — Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Kavanaugh on Offense
  • Fred Anderson & Miles City
  • James Woods & Twitter
  • Calendar and Memories

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Wednesday’s Read: Four Things…

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. – Colin Powell

Welcome to Wednesday!

Here are four things that caught my attention in the past 24 hours:

  • Montana & Bullying
  • Trump’s First Security Briefing
  • Wyoming’s U.S. House Race
  • Alaska’s U.S. Senate Primary

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another pretty exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about Scrabble, unemployment, bison, a bridge, golf, this column, congress, Kansas City Royals, Sen. Jon Tester, Magic Johnson, Cindy Brady, Sen. John Walsh, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Ice Bucket Challenge, veterans, rain, drunk driving, best paying jobs, NFL pre-season games, living in Walmart, Gen. Viet Luong, and much more!

Your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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Politics 2010: Alaska Senate

Yesterday, write-in candidate and current U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski, edged ahead of Tea Party candidate Joe Miller by a little over 1,700 votes.

For those of you who have not followed the race, Murkowski is a “moderate” Republican and Miller is the Tea Party prince supported by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. In the August 2010 GOP primary, Miller beat Murkowski by about 2000 votes. Murkowski decided to run as a write-in candidate and that is where all the fun started. Murkowski was appointed to her Senate seat in 2002 (by her father) and was elected to a full term in 2004.

Some folks believed Alaskans were not smart enough to spell L-I-S-A M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I. With some temporary tattoos and rubber wrist bands not to mention some great signs, the Murkowski campaign team gave voters a few easy ways to get her name correct – and it’s working. Continue reading

Politics 2010: The Morning After

It’s the morning after and the political junkies across the country are wiping sleep from their bloodshot eyes, sipping on that cup of coffee, and hoping that the caffeine kicks in soon so that they can go about their day.

To many of us, election night is better than the Super Bowl or any game seven.

There are a few things to take away from the 2010 election. Yes, I have to comment on the media coverage, too. And, there are awards at the end!

Hundreds of people followed me on Twitter last night and thousands more read the commentaries on this website about the elections over the last few weeks. A few years ago a friend said this about me, “You know more about politics and elections than anyone who follows or works in politics in Montana and the Rocky Mountain West.” I said, “That and a dollar will get me a cup of coffee.”

Or I can just Tweet about it and write commentaries on this website!

Late last night I sent a few congratulatory e-mails around the country to friends who had won races. One person who had crushed her opponent in a highly Democratic district replied, “I learned from the best.” That was nice…

Armed with a few glasses of Merlot and some food, I watched the races until about 1:00 a.m. and here are some observations:

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Alaska’s U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has decided to run as a write-in candidate after losing the GOP primary to a Tea Party candidate.

I think it’s great that she decided to run.

Murkowski was tagged as not conservative enough by the Tea Party and lost the primary by just a handful of votes.

Alaskans will have to write in her name (spell it correctly) and color in the oval next to it. It’s a pretty easy two-step process, but it is hard to win as a write-in candidate. Reports say the last time it was done in a state-wide race was in 1954. That was Strom Thurmond. He supposedly had thousands of pencils made with his name on them to give to voters to take with them to the polls to easily remember his name and how to spell it correctly.

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