Monday’s Quick Hits: Poll Results, Edwards, Malmstrom, & Manziel

Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. – Robert Kennedy

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • U.S. Senate Poll Results
  • U.S. House (MT-AL) Poll Results
  • Sheriff Bob Edwards
  • Daines & Malmstrom
  • Johnny Manziel

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Tuesday Commentary: Sheriff, Gianforte, Zinke, & Hannity

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers

Happy Tax Day 2018!

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Cascade County Sheriff
  • Montana At-Large Race
  • Ryan Zinke
  • Sean Hannity

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TWW Poll: Democrat U.S. House Primary (MT-AL)

Who will win the Montana At-Large U.S. House primary for the Democrats?

So far the candidates are:

John Heenan (

Grant Kier (

Lynda Moss (

Jared Pettinato (

Kathleen Williams (

If you do not see the poll, click on “More.”

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Thursday Numbers

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

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 defense spending, unemployment, Steve Daines, GOP healthcare bill, Rob Quist & Greg Gianforte poll results, Tim Fox & Jon Tester, Great Falls casinos, Trump tweets, Jon Huntsman, Illegal crossings, Tony Romo, Congressional job approval, drunk driving, electric vehicle charging stations, Tim Tebow, and much more!

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Zinke Confirmed; Time to Move On

U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Secretary of Interior this morning. The vote was 68-31. Montana Senators Steve Daines (R) and Jon Tester (D) voted for Zinke. Congratulations to Secretary Zinke and best of luck to him.

Here are some of my thoughts about Zinke and moving on from here.

I’m relieved that I won’t have to hear U.S. Senator Steve Daines tell the “Boys State” story about him and Ryan Zinke again. I have my doubts they were even buddies back then – or even very good buddies now.

There was a lot of complaining from the right side of the aisle about how long it’s taking for President Trump’s cabinet to be confirmed. Since the Republicans in the senate refused to give President Obama’s pick for Supreme Court a hearing, what did they expect?

Zinke totally disappointed me when he disappeared from his job after his nomination was announced. He was being paid to perform the duties as Montana’s Congressman and he failed.

In other words, Zinke, the so-called patriot who does not see “red” Montana or “blue” Montana, but sees “red, white, and blue Montana” quit on Montana.

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MT House 2014: Two Candidates Impress

We’re less than a month from the deadline (March 10) to file for office in Montana. The last few days leading up to March 10 should be interesting because there are almost always some surprises.

Two candidates, one Democrat and one Republican, for Montana’s U.S. House (at-large) seat have impressed me so far. These two candidates have separated themselves from the field – a field that will probably have more primary candidates than any other race in 2014.

Of course, we’re a long way from the June 3 primary, so anything can happen, but at this time I don’t think Montana could go wrong if either candidate was elected.

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Thursday Numbers

When I checked my weather app this morning, it said it was minus 32 here at the world headquarters of The Western Word in Great Falls, Montana. That was not counting wind chill.

We made it to February – now if we can just make it to spring and get through this cold weather! By the way, Major League Baseball’s spring training starts soon!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column 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 ObamaCare, the winter Olympics, unemployment, Seattle Seahawks, CVS, Jason Priest & Montana DOJ, Steve Daines’ job interview, The Biggest Loser, the Montana National Guard, graduation rate, Tom Brokaw, the farm bill, Denver Broncos, barefoot driver, Montana At- Large, and much more!

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The Anti-Christ

Several folks, especially those on the left, are upset that Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the “anti-Christ.”

Zinke’s remarks were first reported in the Bigfork Eagle. It was also reported that Zinke was speaking to “Republican partisans,” and that he handed out 50-caliber bullets to the sponsors of the event.

Is campaigning in Montana fun to follow or what?

While I believe that calling someone the anti-Christ is not appropriate, the folks who are so concerned about it should probably calm down just a little. There have been some “interesting” candidates throughout history in Montana, so my first thought was does Zinke actually believe Hillary Clinton is the anti-Christ?

Hillary Clinton may poll just a little above Barack Obama in Montana, so calling her the anti-Christ is like throwing red meat to the partisan wolves.

Remember, this is the same state where an “Obama Presidential Library outhouse” was paraded around. A Facebook post supposedly tied to a Montanan showed a photo of an Obama trap which was a watermelon under a box that was propped up by a stick with a string attached to it.

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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