Thursday Numbers

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. – Benjamin Franklin

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 ObamaCare, unemployment, Jeopardy, Alec Baldwin, Commissioner of Political Practices, Great Falls High, pardons, Montana Legislature, election judges, biggest news stories, Republican candidates, NFL playoffs, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon

It’s Groundhog Day and time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

It’s Groundhog Day and time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Malmstrom AFB Airmen
  • Express Appeals Act
  • Belt Theater
  • MT Commissioner of Political Practices
  • 2016 Primary Season

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Caught My Eye…

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. – W. Clement Stone

Welcome to Friday and the big show I call “Caught My Eye” (CME). If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular CME 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 Ashley Madison & Montana, helicopters & fires, Zinke, Gianforte, & Boehner, a new campaign complaint, MTN’s new political reporter, The Western Word lives on, and Donald, Roger, & Megyn make the big show!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday the 13th and another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about the Commissioner of Political Practices, Ground Troops & Zinke, letters from Bullock, Daines, and Zinke, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, Ashton Carter & the Department of Defense, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

If it’s Friday then it’s “Caught My Eye!” Congrats on making it to Friday! School is just about finished in Montana – so be careful out there.

NOTICE: It’s the first Friday in June and that means it is National Doughnut Day!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.

Today I write about the D-Day anniversary, 18 veterans died, fixing the VA, the Vote Vets Ad, swift-boating, Bowe Bergdahl, Montana Political Practices, Tester, Walsh, Daines, Zinke, plus we have a repeat winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Great Falls: Common Sense Prevails

It was great to see the folks in Great Falls approve the $1.6 million levy request last night. The elementary levy was approved 54% – 45% and the high school levy was approved 54% – 46%.

I supported the levy. Congratulations to the pro-levy folks.

The levy will cost the average homeowner $14 per year. In my opinion, it’s a pretty easy way to show support for the kids in Great Falls – it’s an investment – and this time common sense won out.

Voters also elected Jan Cahill, Don Ryan, and Jason Brantley to three seats on the school board.

Candidate Cyndi Baker finished fourth out of seven candidates – 286 votes behind Brantley.

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by “Caught My Eye” which is coming to you from The Western Word world headquarters deep inside a bunker in Montana…

Just kiddin’ about the bunker – I’m actually in my basement.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about the Ryan budget, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Barry Beach, Obama & Keystone, Rep. Vance McAllister, Kathleen Sebelius, a new app, plus we have TWO winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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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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Tuesday Political Potpourri

Here’s a roundup of some political news for your Tuesday – plus commentary! Enjoy!

Taxes:

Lee Newspapers is reporting that Montana State Senator Jonathan Windy Boy (Democrat) “owes more than $146,000 in federal taxes, penalties and interest, according to a document filed by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.”

And here I thought the IRS was only going after people who leaned to the right…

Voter Guides:

The Associated Press reported yesterday that here in Montana “The commissioner of political practices says a political group is not to blame when voters leave guides in the election booth.”

I can agree with that.

The guides were handed out legally, “at least 100 feet from the precinct doors” and then people left them in the precinct.

I guess people “accidentally” left the voter guides behind. Someone, somewhere, just had a light bulb come on…

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Schweitzer: Five Minutes on FBN

The Fox Business Network (FBN) went after former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer this week. Yes, the Fox Business Network.

The title of their five-minute piece about Schweitzer was “Liberal Non-Profit Skirts IRS Rule” and David Asman reported that Schweitzer’s non-profit was “skirting IRS rules on political activity.” You can watch it HERE. Asman seems really excited about his report. The words “IRS Scandal” can be seen throughout the segment.

The former governor should probably feel a little slighted that he was only mentioned on FBN because their ratings are not that good. I don’t watch FBN, so I found out about the story when “Voices of Montana” host Aaron Flint wrote about it on his award-winning blog, “The Flint Report.” You can read his take on the story HERE.

The Montana Republican Party pounced on it (that’s their job) with Tweets like, “Brian Schweitzer caught in dark money expose!” There’s a post on the blog, “The Lowdown,” which is run by Great Falls Tribune reporter John Adams. You can read his story HERE.

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