The Wednesday Read: DUI, Monica, & Mitt

The bad news is I accidentally took the wrong medicine this morning. The good news is I’m now protected against fleas and worms for the next 3 months. –Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Montana’s DUI Laws
  • Monica Lindeen
  • Mitt Romney

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Caught My Eye…

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth. – Bo Bennett

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 Linda’s conspiracy theory, deleting emails, Rick Perry, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. – Plato

Get your coffee! Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME). We’re coming to you from The Western Word world headquarters which is just a few (thousand) miles west of Aleppo, Syria! (Map for Gary Johnson)

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 Zinke’s First Campaign Ad, Municipal Court & contempt, TWW picks the winning candidates (so far), Commander-in-Chief Forum, Colin Powell’s Advice, Charter Spectrum cable TV, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde

Today’s quick hits include:

  • Bumper Sticker Mania
  • Social Security
  • Great Falls flooding
  • Blog of the Week

There’s much more, so watch out…

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MT Politics 2016: Medicaid, the Plane, Hooked, & Slideshow

Some of the topics I will be writing about today include Medicaid expansion in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock and the state plane, Greg Gianforte and the “Hooked,” campaign ad, and the Gianforte family “Slideshow” campaign ad.

There’s a lot more – so read on…

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Caught My Eye…

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! 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 I write about the health insurance rates, homecoming, Senate & Planned Parenthood, Pope Francis & Congress, fundraising, Kansas City Royals, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT Senate 2014: Next?

With Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau saying no to a 2014 U.S. Senate and U.S. House bid on Monday, the bench is getting a little empty for the Montana Democrats.

Brian Schweitzer – No. Monica Lindeen – No. Stephanie Schriock – No.

The Montana Democrats may be forced to hold a convention, place everyone’s name in a hat, and draw a name. That person would have to run for U.S. Senate.

Frankly, if the Democrats lose the Montana Senate seat to the Republicans, it’s Max Baucus’ fault. Baucus’ sudden decision to retire without a heads up to someone he wanted to take over the seat he’s occupied for decades has left his Montana Democratic Party in a pickle. They are also several hundred thousand fundraising dollars behind Steve Daines, who may be the GOP’s candidate for U.S. Senate.

Max will have to write some checks from his campaign coffers to get back in the good graces of the Montana Democrats.

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MT Senate 2014: Oh Schriock!

It’s the last day of July and the Montana Democrats have failed so far to attract the biggest names to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2014. That’s the seat currently occupied by Senator Max Baucus, who is retiring.

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer is taking a pass, State Auditor Monica Lindeen said nope, and now Stephanie Schriock, who is the President of Emily’s list, yesterday announced that she is not running.

Since everyone has probably played Monopoly, let me compare the game of Monopoly to the Montana Senate race. These three people deciding against running are like the Democrats just missed landing on Boardwalk, Park Place, and Pennsylvania Avenue. Realistically, they only have a couple people remaining who can be their North Carolina and Pacific Avenue – and maybe win the seat.

By the way, there are several Baltic and Mediterranean Avenue candidates – many of them serve in the state legislature.  (more…)

Caught My Eye…

Hey – it’s the first Friday of June, school is out, and it stopped raining! Also, it’s National Donut Day which makes for an even greater day!

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. Often I throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke, Derek Skees, phone records, Shannon Augare, USS Billings, Jon Tester, Max Baucus, Jobs, How Americans Speak English, Marathoners, and I take a  look at those who are Making Montana Proud!

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Baucus: I Think I Will Go Home Now

The Washington Post citing Democratic sources reported yesterday morning that six-term United States Senator Max Baucus of Montana was retiring. A little later Baucus released a statement affirming that he was, in fact, retiring.

Then the speculation began about who would replace Baucus. Today, among that speculation is a love feast in Montana newspapers for Baucus.

Baucus had been raising money for his reelection, but he had also started building a home near Bozeman, which raised some doubts about his running again. Baucus will be 72 in 2014 which means he may have channeled Forrest Gump after that long run when he said, “I’m pretty tired…I think I will go home now.”

So far, Baucus raised almost $5 million for his race. That money will come in handy for Montana Democrats in 2014.

Last election (2008), Baucus disposed of his competition by a 73% to 27% margin. In 2002, he beat his opponent by 31%. Baucus was a great campaigner. He and his staff would go for the jugular on his opponents. They did not lose.

This year there was a lot of talk about former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer taking on Baucus in a primary. A recent Public Policy Poll showed Schweitzer beating Baucus “54% to 35% with Democratic primary voters.” As for running for the U.S. House or U.S. Senate, Schweitzer told the Associated Press last year “I am not goofy enough to be in the House, and I’m not senile enough to be in the Senate.”  (more…)