The Wednesday Read: Junior & Russia, Recess, and Cash on Hand

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Junior & Russia
  • August Recess Delay
  • Cash on Hand

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The Wednesday Read: Gianforte, Tester, & McCaskill

I take my vacation on the combine and tractor. – Jon Tester

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Friends & Family Vacation
  • Gianforte & WH Press Briefing
  • Lee Newspapers & Tester
  • WaPo on Gianforte

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The Wednesday Read: Election Bloodbath

In the state of Montana, the Republicans almost wiped out the Democrats in statewide races. It was a bloodbath.

It all started with Democrat U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau losing to incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke. I never actually thought that race would be close. It wasn’t.

There are still votes to be counted because for some reason election after election it seems the Montana election officials have problems election night counting the votes. I checked some national maps at 6:30 a.m. and states like Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Utah all had 99% of their votes counted. Montana had 90% at that time (78% of precincts reporting).

So we wait, and wait, and wait.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Please please please make sure you vote!

Happy Election Eve! I am just like a kid on Christmas Eve today. Is this exciting or what?

Today I take a look at The Campaign Commercial, Montana Governor 2016, Montana’s Four Ballot Initiatives, Election Night coverage, Monday Night poll results, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. – Bo Bennett

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

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics this week include Linda’s conspiracy theory, deleting emails, Rick Perry, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 fundraising, unemployment, pumpkins, Planned Parenthood, law enforcement officers, marijuana, Montana state auditor poll, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and much more!

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Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. – Regina Brett

Welcome to Monday! Can you believe it – today is the first day of summer!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • BigMike Lenahan
  • Montana Chamber Endorses
  • Tester Endorses Clinton
  • Gun Control Measures
  • Obama & National Parks

*By the way, later today I will post a special column about the NBA Finals and sports – stay tuned!

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