Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. – John F. Kennedy

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

Here are today’s topics:

  • Montana GOP’s Closed Primary
  • A Blog’s Obsession
  • Wittich Responds
  • Obama is coming for your guns
  • GOP Presidential Debate – My Winner is…

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Caught My Eye…

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Welcome to the big show! If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Gianforte hiring Flint, the Montana GOP & the Montana Cowgirl, the Montana GOP’s problem in one sentence, my choice for Speaker of the House, Ben Carson, plus we have winner who is Making Montana Proud.

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MT Legislature: It’s a Circus!

Back in January I wrote about legislators heading to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason they end up drinking out of the “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. I then added that many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana

As we get further and further into the 64th session of the Montana Legislature, it seems more and more legislators have discovered that fountain. It’s a circus.

For those readers not acquainted with the workings of the Montana Legislature, they meet every two years for 90 days. Their main job is to balance the budget – and that is already required by the Montana Constitution, which most people think should make their jobs pretty easy.

This week a Republican state legislator named Matthew Monforton decided that there’s not enough work for Montana Legislators to do in these 90 days, so he introduced House Joint Resolution 4 (HJR 4) that if passed would have Montana “join 24 other states in supporting a convention that would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.” (Source)

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MT Campaign 2014: A GOP Purity Test?

Some Montana Republicans want to make sure those who vote in the Republican primary are Republicans. Some call it “secure primaries” while others call it a “candidate purity test.”

I lean to the side of it being a purity test. Will blood and/or DNA testing be far behind?

Lee Newspapers is reporting “Delegates to the Montana Republican Party convention in Billings this weekend will take up a resolution that would allow only registered Republicans to vote in future GOP primary elections.” The idea supposedly came from Matthew Monforton who is running for the state representative.

So what about Independents like me who, because of certain races, may vote on the Democrat ballot in one primary and the Republican ballot in the next primary? It looks like if this is approved we would be out of luck. We are not pure enough.

So let’s be honest, it’s a stupid idea.

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