Thursday Numbers

It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. – Hans F. Hansen

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 NFL divisional playoff viewers, unemployment, Dow Jones, Apple Inc., fake, Dreamers, Medicaid & working, Trump & racism, net neutrality, the White House intern, 2017 Fake News Awards, National Park Service advisory board, Jon Tester & townhall meetings, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read this week’s edition of “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about the Powerball lottery, government overpayments, unemployment claims, expanding Medicaid, Ravalli County, dueling in DC, this column, the nun, McDonalds & Heather, Daytona 500, NASCAR, Afghanistan, nothing to hoot at, USA medal count, Tara Lipinski, John Glenn, Montana roads & Max Baucus, and much more so read on…

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the last Friday of June and to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye.”

If you are a first-time visitor, this is my weekly column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about Daines sending a letter, a hoedown with Max, Jon, and Steve, Medicaid, airport parking, Wendy Davis, Senate immigration bill, and lots more – plus I have three winners on this week’s Making Montana Proud list!

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A Few Peas Short…

A friend told me the other day that during this session of the Montana Legislature they write, “Please Open Other End” on the bottom of Coke and Pepsi cans to keep the legislators from making a mess.

He was joking (I think), but after the headlines from what happened Friday, I can see why they might consider it. Some members of the Montana Legislature may need remedial training on voting.

State Representative Tom Jacobson (D-Great Falls) is one of the legislators who may need an intern or someone to help him vote correctly. It was not just any vote he screwed up; it was a vote to help those less fortunate. It was a vote about Medicaid.

It was a bill that should have passed. The headlines on Friday and Saturday were not that kind to Jacobson:  Continue reading

A Salute to the Five

My moderate heart was beating proudly yesterday while I was following the actions in the Montana Senate about Medicaid expansion.

Why? Five Republicans told the far-righties in the Montana Senate to take a long walk off a short pier.

It’s not that I am fully in favor of Medicaid expansion or fully against expansion – it was exciting to see that some of the GOP senators in this Montana Legislature are individual thinkers – that Reagan Republicans still have a heartbeat. I thought the Montana Reagan Republicans were probably dead and buried along a dirt road in a golden triangle wheat field (and they went the way of Joe Pesci in “Casino”).

But for at least one day and one vote there’s a heartbeat for moderates. There’s hope that the wackos on the far right are losing ground. Maybe a little less tea will be consumed in the coming months and they will act a little less cocky. Hope is a good thing.

So who are these brave men who have boldly gone where few have gone before? They are State Senators Llew Jones, Ed Buttrey, Jim Peterson, Bruce Tutvedt, and Taylor Brown.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” If you are a new visitor, this is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

PLEASE NOTE: If you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about the Fort Peck Dam, mineral payments, mud snails, unemployment, the Montana Legislature and Medicaid, Day 67, Drones, Hotel Finn, Iconic, Miami Heat, Lady Gaga, Baby George, hunting at Walmart, and the urinal gaming system!

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