Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” as you speed toward your weekend – and maybe a government shutdown!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. By the way, I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Barry Beach, Little Shell Tribe, Montana Highway Patrol Chief, Wyoming Senate, George H.W. Bush, Major League Baseball, birthdays, and there are two winners who are Making Montana Proud.

Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye!” August is rolling by way to quickly…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Sieben Ranch Barbecue & Hoedown, Steve Daines –Moving on Up!, Constitution Free Zone, fishing and the Wyoming Senate, Holding My Nose, Time to Dance, plus there are three winners who are Making Montana Proud!

Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are new here, this column 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).

PLEASE NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. This is your only warning.

This week I write about American Tradition Partnership, unemployment, Jay Z, Bob McDonnell, Steve Bullock, No More Names, Warrensburg, subscribers, NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls, Montana State Fair, George Brett, Ryan Braun, Liz Cheney, Mike Enzi, DUI, Hall of Fame game, student loans, and a lot more!

Continue reading

WY Senate 2014: Ride for the Brand?

If you read the information on the state of Wyoming’s website, you’ll find their state gemstone is jade, their state fish is the Cutthroat Trout, and their state reptile is the Horned Toad. Wyoming’s state sport is rodeo and the official state code is the Code of the West.

2014 may be the year that the state sport is watching a Republican senate primary. The Code of the West may take a back seat during this primary season.

Republicans rule Wyoming. Their two Republican senators (Mike Enzi and John Barrasso) won their last elections with about 75% of the vote. Wyoming’s lone House member, Cynthia M. Lummis, won her last election with about 69% of the vote (it was a five-way race). The Governor, Matt Mead, easily won his last race with 72% of the vote.

It appears from the last few elections the citizens of Wyoming are pretty happy with their elected officials. Apparently Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, thinks things can be better. Continue reading

They Deserve a Vote

It’s unimaginable that after living through the tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the families of the victims may not even get a vote on gun restrictions in the U.S. Senate.

They deserve a vote now.

It is being reported that several GOP Senators are planning to filibuster any new gun restrictions that are brought forth in the U.S. Senate. The 13 Senators are Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Mike Enzi, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Dan Coats, Jerry Morgan, Pat Roberts, and Marco Rubio. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he supports a filibuster, too.

In case you are keeping score at home, these senators are far-righties.

If this is Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus’ rebranding plan for the GOP, then Democrats all across the fruited plains should be rejoicing.  Continue reading