Caught My Eye…

A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it. – Unknown

Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Montana Attorney General Polls
  • Montana Governor’s Security
  • Human Composting
  • One More Thing

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

No amount of belief makes something a fact. ― James Randi

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Austin Knudsen
  • Montana Family Foundation
  • Trump Loses Lawsuit

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Caught My Eye…

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye” (CME). If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 Montana GOP vs Montana Attorney General, Tester & the Iran Nuclear Agreement, letters of apology, Hillary’s email server, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT Attorney General: No Fun Allowed

There’s a new regime in the Montana Attorney General’s office, led by first-term Attorney General Tim Fox and his team of “seasoned professionals.”

Apparently, they are card-carrying members of the N.F.L. – the No Fun League.

For several years now CBS affiliates KRTV and KXLH in Montana have hosted a contest called “Pro Football Picks” where people picked the winners of NFL games and won prizes like pizza and there was a big grand prize at the end of the season. They also did the contest for the NCAA basketball tournament.

But now the fun and games appear to be over, courtesy of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.  Continue reading

If Elected, I Promise to…

Politicians are always good at making promises during their campaigns and most voters are gullible enough to believe that what they are promising will happen once they are elected.

Many readers probably remember reading about the “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage” promise supposedly made by the Republican Party during the Presidential campaign of Herbert Hoover in 1928.

Maybe you remember the promise from George H.W. Bush in 1988 who said, “Read my lips: no new taxes.”

We’ve also witnessed campaign promises being made on the local level. I remember hearing some of the commission/mayoral candidates saying they would be more civil and respectful toward the public during meetings. That lasted about an hour into their first meeting.

Back in 2008, Attorney General Candidate Tim Fox talked a lot about the problems with Montana’s Sex Offender Registry. He promised in a press release dated 09/16/2008 that if elected he would “have it fixed within six months of taking office.”  Continue reading

Dark Money

“Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.”~Caroline Baum

Since a group of Republicans launched a ballot initiative campaign (Stop Dark Money) on Monday to rid Montana campaigns of “Dark Money” and provide full transparency, the Great Falls Tribune asked their readers, “Should ‘full transparency’ be required to assist voters in seeing where political campaign money comes from?”

By the way, “Dark Money” is a term used to define the money raised by groups who don’t have to disclose where they obtain their funding.

There were 248 responses to the Tribune poll and 96% said “Yes” and 4% said “No.”

Although this is a non-scientific poll, the results do show that people want to see transparency when it comes to money used in campaigns. That is great news for the Stop Dark Money folks. It’s too bad that the Montana Legislature failed to do something about this issue during their session earlier this year. That probably means we will have to go through another election cycle with undisclosed money ruining our elections.  That is, unless Montana goes the way of New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who will use, “his power as a regulator of charities and other nonprofit groups to force the transparency.”

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