Barry Beach: A Light…

It looks like convicted murderer Barry Beach has at least two more chances to be freed from prison. Beach is serving a 100-year prison sentence for the 1979 murder of Kimberly Nees near Poplar, Montana.

Beach’s case came to light back in 2008 when a show on Dateline NBC called “The Killing at Poplar River” aired. Beach contends he was coerced into a confession. His case has bounced around the justice system in Montana, and for about 18 months he was even freed from prison.

He has an appeal pending before the Montana Supreme Court. Just this week a bill was signed by the Montana governor that, according to the Associated Press, will allow the governor to grant clemency to prisoners even if the state parole board recommends against it. The governor can also waive fines, lessen a sentence, or issue a pardon.

The law takes effect Oct. 1, 2015.

I’ve probably written about Barry Beach more than most. It all started back in April 2008, and this will be the 30th column in which I mention Beach. You can read them all by going to “categories” on the right side of the screen and selecting “Barry Beach” from the dropdown menu.

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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 that valuable independent commentary that you only get from The Western Word about Steve Daines the traveler, Americans for Prosperity & Rep. Frank Garner, a state-wide cellphone ban, and Dirk Sandefur wants to join the Supremes.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the “Black Friday” edition of Caught My Eye!

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 secret meetings, FCS football, Montana Supreme Court, things are going well, birthday, #ShopSmall, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – the place to be on Friday!

Reminder: Veterans Day is this Tuesday, November 11. That is a great day (as is every day) to thank a veteran for their service.

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 Malmstrom’s Security Forces, Montana Supreme Court, Amanda has options, Democrats: Don’t Jump, Jeannette Rankin, most misused Social Security Number, KC Chiefs to Play in London, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Final Days

It’s the final six days of campaign 2014 in Montana!

We’ve got a Freedom Rally, a Get Out The Vote tour, a new campaign ad, an apology, and info about the Great Seal!

Can you handle all that?

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Caught My Eye…

There are only 11 days until Election Day 2014 – the Crazy Train has left the station!

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 Zinke’s records, Montana Family Foundation, Montana Supreme Court mailers, Congressman, not commando, a distillery tour, prom photos, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Campaign 2014: LR-126 & Supreme Court Mailers

Today I take a look at the debate between Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (D) and state Rep. Champ Edmunds (R) about Legislative Referendum 126 (LR-126), and the mailer I received about the Montana Supreme Court race. I also comment about a new Gallup Poll that asked about members of Congress.

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