Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Once you hit a certain age you become permanently unimpressed by a lot of stuff. – Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • University of Montana Big Sky Poll
  • Scott Sales SoS
  • The Middle Finger

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Monday’s Quick Hits: MT SoS, Trump in Missoula, 60 Minutes, Warren, & More

Once you have seen a woman take off her bra without removing her shirt, it makes more sense why they should be in charge of things. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Montana Secretary of State
  • Trump in Missoula
  • Trump on 60 Minutes
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Congress Approval
  • One More Thing

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Caught My Eye…

I ain’t as good as I once was,
My how the years have flown,
But there was a time,
Back in my prime,
When I could really hold my own
– As Good As I Once Was (Scott Emerick /Toby Keith)

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 my observations from Tuesday’s Primary Election, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards, August Recess, Plagiarism, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose. – Donald Trump

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 voters in Montana, unemployment, Help Wanted, first 100 days, exit polling, voter turnout, McCone County Montana, Big Horn County Montana, Montana legislature, Elsie Arntzen, final numbers, campaign literature, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, President-elect Donald Trump, Cleveland Browns, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

No matter what name we give it or how we judge it, a candidate’s character is central to political reporting because it is central to a citizen’s decision in voting. – Roger Mudd

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 this week include the Zinke commercial, Montana Secretary of State, Confidential Settlements, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), ballots, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs

Welcome to the “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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Powerball lottery, unemployment, gonorrhea & Montana, Montana Republican Party, candidate filing, graduation rate, State of the Union speech, U.S. House, Republican Presidential debate, Nick Saban, Pro Picks contest, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Post-Election Analysis

It was a pretty boring election night in Montana, except when the Montana Secretary of State’s website with election results went down a few times. Most of the candidates I thought would win actually won and the races that I was interested in were not that close.

Thanks to all the people who visted my website and followed me on Twitter throughout the evening.

Here is my analysis of Campaign 2014 – I write about U.S. Senate and House races, Montana Senate, Montana House, State Legislature, Supreme Court, Ballot issues, plus I grade the media coverage of it all.

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