ELECTION 2016: Montana’s Four Ballot Initiatives

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ballots are in the mail in Montana (I received mine Saturday) and today I want to tell you my thoughts/endorsements about the four ballot initiatives Montanans will be voting on in this election:

  • CI-116 (Crime Victims’ Rights)
  • I-177 (Trapping)
  • I-181 (Medical Research)
  • I-182 (Medical Marijuana)

If you need more information, at the end of this column I will provide information on where you can find it.

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Thursday Numbers

Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude. – Ralph Marston

Happy National Coffee Day!

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 Donald Trump’s net worth, Montana’s budget surplus, debate viewers, unemployment, false statements, Montana’s lottery for liquor licenses, Congress & the spending bill, medical marijuana initiative I-182, Kansas City Royals, the override of President Obama’s veto, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. – Thomas Fuller

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of September! 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 unemployment, Montana GOP, medical marijuana, Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Denise Juneau, Montana highway deaths, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Walmart & toys, Susan Carstensen & Greg Gianforte, immigration, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker

Welcome to Wednesday – also known as “Hump Day” or “Wine Wednesday” or whatever works to help you make it to the weekend! Today is also 4/20! More on that later.

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

Today’s topics include:

  • 406 Tax Relief
  • Initiative 182 & 4/20 day
  • New York Presidential Primary

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Caught My Eye…

There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water. – Alan Clark

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 the closed primary lawsuit, Last, Lowest, Almost Last, Worst, Near Dead Last, Juneau v. Zinke & Big Money, Tester & USAJobs.gov, medical marijuana for veterans, Senate District 10 fight, GF School Board Forum, Hillary & Bernie debate, 2016 NFL Schedules, 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and much more!

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