Campaign 2014: Political Potpourri

We are eight days from Election Day 2014 – is this freaking exciting or what?

Today I write about Mailergate, new ads from John Lewis and Ryan Zinke, VanDyke’s colleague, DSCC chair, and much more!

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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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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