Caught My Eye…

If your path is more difficult, it’s because your calling is higher. – Unknown

Happy November!

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:

  • The Impeachment Vote
  • Facebook & Twitter
  • One More Thing

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Politics 2016: Gianforte Picks Robinson

AFTERNOON EXTRA…This morning Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, announced that he had selected Lesley Robinson, a Hi-Line rancher and Phillips County Commissioner, to be his running mate.

At the end of this column, there’s a poll so please continue…

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Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. – Steven Wright

Happy Leap Day! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • TWW Poll Results
  • MTN’s Face the State
  • Operation Stop Donald Trump
  • SCOTUS Fundraising

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide valuable independent commentary about the targeting of Republican state legislators, orange being optional, Montana Governor candidate, the Department of Defense budget, western wear, Obamacare & Daines, vaccination politics, and much more!

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MT Political Practices: Perception

In case you missed the news yesterday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock picked a lawyer from Helena, Jonathan Motl, to be the state’s next political practices commissioner.

Lee Newspapers reported:

Motl has donated $6,800 to Montana political campaigns since 1992, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Discounting contributions to ballot issue campaigns and nonpartisan judicial races, Motl has given slightly more than $5,000 in partisan statewide and legislative races, all to Democrats. That includes $790 to Bullock in his races for attorney general and governor.

So the Governor of Montana (a Democrat) appointed someone to that office who donated money to his campaign and to other Democrats. This person will (hopefully) abide by the “Mission Statement” for the Office of Political Practices:

To monitor and to enforce, in a fair and impartial manner, campaign practices and campaign finance disclosure, lobbying disclosure, business interest disclosure of statewide and state district candidates, elected state officials, and state department directors, ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees, and to investigate legitimate complaints that arise concerning any of the foregoing.

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