Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another round of Thursday Numbers! Are you ready for some football? The NFL season starts tonight!

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is 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 U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter, unemployment, coffins, fruit salad, Barbie dolls, NASCAR, alligator season, Raquel Welch, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Council, Obamacare, Tester anniversary, math wins, the NFL season, plus a lot more so please read on!

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Caught My Eye…

Whoop, whoop – It’s Friday and it’s a three-day Labor Day weekend for many people! Congratulations! Labor Day is the day that we honor the working men and women of the United States – the people who make this country go. Thank you!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! It’s where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So, get ready to head into your long weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about John Lewis and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael W. Cotter, Max Baucus and Zeno Baucus, Judge G. Todd Baugh, naming storms after politicians, a new Monopoly token, plus I have three winners who are Making Montana Proud! There’s a lot more you don’t want to miss, so read on… Continue reading

Augare: A Call from the Big Leagues

I’ve been following the circus surrounding Montana State Senator Shannon Augare so much that I can pronounce his last name correctly just about every time I see it. It’s a name recognition thing that most elected officials wouldn’t want because of the situation.

For those not acquainted with Sen. Augare’s circumstances, over Memorial Day weekend a Glacier County (Montana) Sheriff’s deputy pulled Augare’s vehicle over and contended he smelled alcohol. The traffic stop was on the Blackfeet reservation. Augare reportedly told the deputy that he did not have jurisdiction on the reservation to stop him. Augare reportedly left the scene as the deputy was trying to take his keys. The deputy did not give chase, but called Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services. By the way, Augare is a Blackfeet tribal councilman.

Apparently the Glacier County Sheriff’s office issued a news release about the traffic stop and that’s why we know all about this.

For Augare’s actions, he made the “Making Montana Proud” section of my weekly “Caught My Eye” column.

The Associated Press continued to ask questions of the Blackfeet tribal prosecutor and provide updates.

Recently we discovered that the FBI was investigating Augare and then it was disclosed that “Federal prosecutors on Friday charged state Sen. Shannon Augare with drunken driving, obstructing a peace officer and reckless driving.”

It seems that the U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, Michael Cotter, decided to pull some of his best and brightest from prosecuting the very serious crime of growing marijuana to prosecute Augare.  Continue reading

Monday Morning Politics

It’s back once again – Monday Morning Politics!

While you were out and about enjoying yourself this weekend, the staffers here at The Western Word were looking for political stories all across the World Wide Web.  We’ve put them in one place so you can be “in the know.”

This week we take a look at politics and Little League Baseball, the Montana U.S. Attorney’s office, Tester and public lands, gadflies and activists, and much much more!

Also, you won’t read anything about Hurricane Irene.  We grew very tired of hearing about it over and over and over.

So grab something to drink and get your Monday started off right by knowing the most important political news from the weekend… Continue reading

Dazed and Confused

With the Federal authorities raiding several medical marijuana growers in Montana this week, it raises several questions and leaves one dazed and confused.

People may remember that Montana legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2004 (62% voted for it). The Feds contend it’s “reefer madness” in Montana since that happened, so they decided to raid some businesses citing they were in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. According to a story in the Great Falls Tribune, the feds “executed 26 criminal search warrants and four civil seizure warrants in 13 Montana cities…”

The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office said it was an 18-month investigation. One can only imagine how long it would have taken if the medical marijuana shops had been hidden… Continue reading