Caught My Eye…

There are only FOUR days until Election Day 2014!

By the way, that is a really scary mask you have on today – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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

Today I write about election night coverage, Walsh & Plagiarism & NRSC, Absentee Ballots, Daines & fundraising, Ryan Zinke’s records, Student’s Mock Election, Battle for the U.S. Senate, plus I have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT House 2014: I Love Guns More Than You Do!

The Ryan Zinke campaign released a new 30-second ad yesterday called “Shoot.”

As you can imagine, this ad is about guns. Gun rights are important to many Montanans.

The ad begins with, “Ryan Zinke was a Navy Seal.” (I think I have heard this somewhere before), and then adds, “He appreciates firearms – a Montana tradition.” The voice in the ad then says “John Lewis took money from pro-gun-control advocates, let them campaign for him.”

The voice in the ad then states: “Ryan Zinke is Montana. John Lewis is a Washington insider who will join team Pelosi and fight to keep Obamacare.”

I did get a good chuckle or two from the ad. I was a little disappointed that the ad did not have Ryan Zinke saying something like, “As a Navy Seal I once shot the legs off a fly from 500 yards away.”

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MT House 2014: Two New Ads

Happy Monday! If you’ve watched much television recently, you’ve seen two new campaign ads from the major U.S. House candidates, Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke. Today I take a look at the two ads for Montana’s open U.S. House seat.

By the way, Roll Call has published an interesting story about the best television shows to air political advertisements. You can read it HERE.

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Campaign 2014: Potpourri

Happy Tuesday! It’s a potpourri of political news!

Today I write about closed primaries, the new John Lewis ad, the new Steve Daines ad, the Great Falls Tribune and debates, TWW on Facebook and much more – so read on.

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Campaign 2014: Potpourri

Happy Monday folks!

Today is “potpourri” day with my commentary about Ryan Zinke’s military records, the Great Falls Tribune’s editor’s note, and my perspective on Lee Newspapers’ “perspective.”

So grab your coffee and read on!

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MT House 2014: Thank you for your service, but…

I’ve written several times this campaign season that I don’t like it when people criticize a veteran’s military record – be it Republican or Democrat or whatever party. It especially annoys me when those doing the attacking did not serve. Considering how many e-mails I received about it, there are several fellow veterans who feel the same way.

It shows a total lack of respect for the veteran.

I believe we need more veterans elected to office from the White House all the way down to the city commission – and it does not matter that much to me if they are a Democrat, or a Republican. The mess we currently have in the Veterans Administration might have been avoided if more elected officials were veterans, which would enable them to provide better oversight.

On Friday afternoon I received a press release from the Montana Democrats with the title, “Using Taxpayer Dollars for Personal Travel? Ryan Zinke Faces Questions about His Ethics and Transparency.”

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MT Politics 2014: Final Shots

One day until primary Election Day here in Montana! Are you ready? ARE. YOU. READY?

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow (Tuesday). Montana voter information, including how to register to vote, can be found HERE.

And, if you want to know what’s going on, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord on election night for updates! If you don’t have Twitter, my Twitter feed is here on the right side of the page at

It’s been an interesting primary election season, probably one for the history books because of the contested primary races and the number of ads on television. Here are some thoughts.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of “Thursday Numbers!”

NOTICE: There are no secret waiting lists here at The Western Word.

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 sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails.

This week I write about unemployment, veterans, cadets, Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt, Montana GOP convention, Maya Angelou, Montana State Parks, Affordable Care Act, CMR’s Lindsay Martinez, centrist Republicans in Montana, Montana U.S. House Debate, Electric City Rugby club’s Lady Havoc, Simms Rugby, and much more!

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MT Campaign 2014: New Ads from Corey & Steve

The absentee ballots for Montana’s Primary Election were scheduled to go out yesterday (Monday, May 5). The campaign ads are in full force and can be seen on the local television stations. Today I take a closer look at two more ads – one from Corey Stapleton, a Republican who is running for the U.S. House in Montana, and one from Steve Daines, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate in Montana.

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