Terrific News Tuesday

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading 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 in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Montana Constitution
  • Vets for Vets Stand Down
  • Steve Daines’ Offices
  • The Hug

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Terrific News Tuesday

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed. – Bennett Cerf

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading 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 in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Sesame Street & Malmstrom AFB
  • Downpour Music Festival
  • Montana Constitution
  • American Cities Stuck in the 1960s
  • Solar Power in Montana

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MT Legislature: It’s a Circus!

Back in January I wrote about legislators heading to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason they end up drinking out of the “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. I then added that many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana

As we get further and further into the 64th session of the Montana Legislature, it seems more and more legislators have discovered that fountain. It’s a circus.

For those readers not acquainted with the workings of the Montana Legislature, they meet every two years for 90 days. Their main job is to balance the budget – and that is already required by the Montana Constitution, which most people think should make their jobs pretty easy.

This week a Republican state legislator named Matthew Monforton decided that there’s not enough work for Montana Legislators to do in these 90 days, so he introduced House Joint Resolution 4 (HJR 4) that if passed would have Montana “join 24 other states in supporting a convention that would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.” (Source)

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Published in: on February 4, 2015 at 7:44 am  Comments Off on MT Legislature: It’s a Circus!  
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American Government: Current Events

I remember back to one of my favorite classes in college, “American Government.” It was a weekly class that met on Wednesday nights for three hours at a time. My political science professor would use the first 15-30 minutes of each class to have a discussion about current events. We were free to discuss all the issues: abortion, religion, war, freedom of the press, etc. The professor would keep the discussion moving by asking questions. He always remained neutral. I never did figure out which way he leaned politically, which I admire about him to this day.

This is a pretty good time for students of all ages to be studying American Government – let’s hope that government teachers/professors take some time to teach about current government events happening in Montana and in Washington, D.C.

It’s also a good time to be a lawyer – especially if you specialize in constitutional law.

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Published in: on November 24, 2014 at 7:08 am  Comments Off on American Government: Current Events  
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