The Wednesday Read: Tester Files for Re-Election

I have great faith in the people of Montana; they can’t be bought. – Jon Tester

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) filed the paperwork to run for a third term on Tuesday. Terms in the U.S. Senate are for six years.

Along with the filing, Tester’s campaign issued the following statement:

“As a United States senator, I have had the humbling opportunity to defend the state that three generations of my family have called home,” Tester said. “Over the years, we’ve fought to protect the Montana we know and love from outsiders while continuing to hold government accountable. Today, I’m honored to file to continue that fight for the people of the best state in the best country in the world.”

According to MTN News, there are four Republicans lined up to take on Tester: state Auditor Matt Rosendale, Big Sky businessman Troy Downing, former state District Judge Russell Fagg of Billings and state Sen. Al Olszewski of Kalispell.

They will face off in a June primary.

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Stapleton, Face the State, & Concealed Carry

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. – Henny Youngman

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • SoS Corey Stapleton
  • Face the State
  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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Published in: on February 12, 2018 at 8:59 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Quick Hits: Stapleton, Face the State, & Concealed Carry  
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Caught My Eye…

It’s okay if you disagree with me. I can’t force you to be right. – Unknown

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include the short government shutdown and budget bill, McConnell Super PAC, Federal spending, Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Greg Gianforte, SpaceX, Jeff Choate, and a very personal One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
-English Nursery Rhyme

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 the Grammys, State of the Union numbers, Jon Tester, Twitter & the State of the Union, Greg Gianforte, John Heenan, Grant Kier, unemployment, Super Bowl poll, Houston Rockets point guard James Harden, grading Trump, Trey Gowdy, February 1, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Tester Time

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. – Elizabeth Kenny

Montana’s Senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, is up for reelection this year. That means it’s Tester Time!

In case you missed it, Tester was one of 18 senators who voted against the short-term funding measure to reopen the government this week.

His “No” vote received a lot of attention. Roll Call reported it this way:

Montana Sen. Jon Tester was the only red-state Democrat up for re-election this year to vote against a stopgap funding measure Monday to end the three-day government shutdown.

Senators are well-known for the changes they go through the last couple years of their six-year term. They attend more meetings, issue more press releases, and are friendlier to the voters.

Sure Tester does some of the same things, but his “No” vote on the short-term funding bill only gave his opponents some much-needed ammo.

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Published in: on January 24, 2018 at 7:52 am  Comments Off on The Wednesday Read: Tester Time  
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Caught My Eye…

A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation. – James Freeman Clarke

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include government funding, Corey Stapleton, Cascade County Sheriff, Women’s Marches, NSA Extension, Michael Lange, Fake News Awards, Joe Biden, and One More Thing that will leave an indelible picture in your brain…

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Monday’s Quick Hits: NY Times, Tester, Trump, & Chiefs

If you don’t believe in winning, you don’t believe in free enterprise, capitalism, our way of life. – Tom Landry

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • New York Times & Great Falls
  • Tester’s Money
  • Trump & Time & Groping
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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Published in: on November 27, 2017 at 9:27 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Quick Hits: NY Times, Tester, Trump, & Chiefs  
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Caught My Eye…

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include the special session, Zinke’s travel, Al Franken, House tax plan, and One More Thing!

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The Special Session

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them. – Benjamin Jowett

I’m kind of happy the Montana Legislature is getting together to try to address the $227 million budget shortage. It will probably give me something to write about. It will be fun to watch the jockeying and the games being played as the members of the Montana Legislature get to feel important again for a few days.

I’ve said often that the Montana Legislature being in session is like the circus coming to Helena. The legislators head 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. Then, many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana.

I don’t think most Montanans have that much respect for many members of the state legislature.

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Published in: on November 13, 2017 at 6:55 am  Comments Off on The Special Session  
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Thursday Numbers

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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 the special session, Montana beef, unemployment, urban chickens, mayor of Great Falls, Sutherland Springs, Montana, economic development levy, Troy Downing, Five on Black, college football, and much more!

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