The Monday Memo: MT Legislature, a Gimmick, & Tester

My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • 2019 Montana Legislature
  • The Gimmick
  • Tester’s New Communications Director

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Caught My Eye…

No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. ― Gideon J. Tucker

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 commentary so be warned!

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

  • The Montana Legislature
  • The U.S. House
  • More Zinke
  • Just Football
  • One More Thing

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MT Politics 2016: Medicaid, the Plane, Hooked, & Slideshow

Some of the topics I will be writing about today include Medicaid expansion in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock and the state plane, Greg Gianforte and the “Hooked,” campaign ad, and the Gianforte family “Slideshow” campaign ad.

There’s a lot more – so read on…

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Thursday Numbers

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them. – Lois McMaster Bujold

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of December! 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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include climate change, Instagram winners of 2015, unemployment, livestock, City of Great Falls, Medicaid expansion, San Bernardino, Breaking News, Carolina Panthers, Golden State Warriors, and the 341st Missile Wing commander. There’s a lot more so read on!

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Caught My Eye…

Freedom, well, that’s just some people talking. Your prison is walking through this world all alone. – The Eagles (Desperado)

Welcome to the big show – on Friday the 13th of November – let’s be careful out there!

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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about the Cascade County recount, Zinke & veterans, Daines & ObamaCare, and we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud! Plus there’s a “Pro Tip” for the week!

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Thursday Numbers

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. – Dave Barry

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include VA bonuses, oil business money, unemployment, Medicaid expansion, oldest living WWII female veteran, veterans in Congress, The Western Word poll results, Tester’s VA bills & Report, University of Missouri, Congressional job approval, Capitol Hill staffers, undefeated teams in the NFL and the NBA.

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MT Legislature: Sore Losers

It’s almost over. The 64th session of the Montana Legislature may end today. I’m going to miss it! Now seems to be the perfect time for the Republicans to start complaining about being on the losing side of some important bills in the Montana Legislature.

On Saturday the Great Falls Tribune published part of one of my columns, giving it the title of “Quote of the Week.” In the column I wrote, “The circus in Helena is coming to an end, and by most accounts the majority party has not done too well.”

Now some of those from the majority party are writing guest opinion pieces and complaining. I happened to catch a guest opinion in the Billings Gazette from State Rep. Sarah Laszloffy which was written in collaboration with Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Joliet, Rep. Forrest Mandeville, R-Columbus; Rep. Nick Schwaderer, R-Superior; and Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-Billings. The column has been making its way around the state this past week.

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Monday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Monday – it’s already time for another potpourri edition! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • Flathead Water Compact
  • Montana Medicaid Expansion
  • Montana Wages & Salaries
  • Daines & Wildfire Disaster Funding
  • Hillary!
  • Thumbs Down to Utah

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Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday – please remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I provide valuable independent commentary about the Montana Legislature and Senate Bill 405, the Montana VA, Zinke’s Campaign Mailer & Zinke’s new offices, Pro-tips from The Western Word, the tree specialist, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Wednesday – It’s time for another potpourri edition! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • Medicaid Expansion & the Montana Legislature
  • U.S. Senators Jon Tester & Robert Menendez
  • Former Governor Tim Babcock
  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul
  • Affordable Care Act

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