Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Welcome to February! Today in Iowa our country begins voting for President! Is this a great country or what?

Please take the polls at the end of this column about the Iowa caucus!

Today’s topics include:

  • 55 Montana Lawmakers
  • Clinton Emails
  • David Petraeus
  • Iowa Caucus

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Thursday Numbers

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. – Steve Jobs

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 wee bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Democratic Presidential debate, Greg Gianforte, Max Baucus, Jeopardy, unemployment, Mike Huckabee, Planned Parenthood, Twitter, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Bill Clinton, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. – Max Lucado

Welcome to Friday and the big show I like to call “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. 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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the GOP Presidential debates, Malmstrom’s Visitors, Chester and the Chester Cheetah, Daines & Planned Parenthood, Gianforte donations, and much more so buckle up!

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Campaign 2016: The Ten & The Seven

Since Fox News has a show called “The Five” I think it’s perfectly OK to call the Republican Fox News/Facebook debate Thursday night “The Ten” and the debate for those candidates not fortunate enough to make the big show can be called, “The Seven.”

One big difference is “The Five” show on Fox News normally has several females participating, but “The Ten” won’t have any females and the “The Seven” will only have one, Carly Fiorina.

According to Fox News, the roster of 10 candidates was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls.

Are you excited or what? Since Facebook is sponsoring the debate, maybe they should have the candidates attempt to post comments or a photo on their own Facebook page to see if they are at least a little tech savvy…

Here are “The Ten” who made the big show:

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Tuesday – time for another political 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:

  • State Rep. Randy Pinocci
  • Benghazi Hearings
  • Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee
  • NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

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Caught My Eye…

Almost every Friday since July 2010 I have posted a column called “Caught My Eye.” There are 228 of them.

This column is 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 a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little. Basically, nothing is off-limit – nothing!

Here are the top three “Caught My Eye” columns from 2014. Enjoy!

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Politics 2016: Who Do You Love?

On Tuesday Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he was going to “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” With that announcement, Bush kind of jump-started the 2016 Presidential election season.

Are you ready?

With it being an open seat, that means there should be several candidates on the Republican side and several on the Democratic side “testing the water” in the coming months.

Below I have posted one of those fabulous polls from The Western Word – so pick your favorite candidate on the Republican side. If your Republican candidate is not listed, please put his/her name in the comment section or send me an e-mail.

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Caught My Eye…

Woohoo – we made it to Friday!

Coming to you from The Western Word world headquarters deep inside a bunker somewhere in Montana, this is “Caught My Eye!” This column is posted right here 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little. Basically, nothing is off-limit – nothing!

Today I write about Lt. Governor John Walsh, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Steve Daines, Max Baucus, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Secretary of Defense, Malmstrom, F.E. Warren, and Minot, Global Strike Command, Mike “libido” Huckabee, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Bloggers’ rights, birthdays, plus we have two people who are making Montana proud!

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Politics 2010: The Morning After

It’s the morning after and the political junkies across the country are wiping sleep from their bloodshot eyes, sipping on that cup of coffee, and hoping that the caffeine kicks in soon so that they can go about their day.

To many of us, election night is better than the Super Bowl or any game seven.

There are a few things to take away from the 2010 election. Yes, I have to comment on the media coverage, too. And, there are awards at the end!

Hundreds of people followed me on Twitter last night and thousands more read the commentaries on this website about the elections over the last few weeks. A few years ago a friend said this about me, “You know more about politics and elections than anyone who follows or works in politics in Montana and the Rocky Mountain West.” I said, “That and a dollar will get me a cup of coffee.”

Or I can just Tweet about it and write commentaries on this website!

Late last night I sent a few congratulatory e-mails around the country to friends who had won races. One person who had crushed her opponent in a highly Democratic district replied, “I learned from the best.” That was nice…

Armed with a few glasses of Merlot and some food, I watched the races until about 1:00 a.m. and here are some observations:

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Alaska!

Sorry about the delay in posting my column early this morning, but today is the first day of school for my middle school child, plus there were some computer glitches this morning.

The results are still coming in for the U.S. Senate Republican primary in Alaska, but it’s not looking too good for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.

As I am writing this commentary, she trails Joe Miller by about 1960 votes with 429 of 438 precincts reporting. According to some reports in Alaska, there were about 16,000 absentee ballots sent out and only about 7,600 have been returned, plus some of the rural votes have not been counted yet. It may be a week or so before we know the winner. Supposedly, Alaska has until September 8 to count all the votes.

Murkowski was targeted by the Tea Party as not being conservative enough for their liking – probably for the same old worn-out campaign theme: abortion. Murkowski is pro-choice.

The darlings of the Tea Party (Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee) did robo-calls for Miller and the Tea Party pumped in $600,000 for ads against Murkowski – which buys a lot of time on the airways in Alaska. (more…)