TWW Poll: Republican U.S. Senate Primary (MTSen)

Who will win the Montana U.S. Senate primary for the Republicans?

So far the candidates are:

Troy Downing (

Russ Fagg (

Albert Olszewski (

Matt Rosendale (

If you do not see the poll, click on “More.”



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.


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…

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!



MT Senate 2014: Department of Defense

Yesterday the Associated Press (AP) reported that the Department of Defense (DOD) would be “overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress.”

The AP said the move was “unusual” which means the conspiracy theory people will be out in force. Of course, the Walsh haters and Rep. Steve Daines’ (Walsh’s opponent) supporters were also out in force. It was pure silliness and good for a laugh or two.



MT Senate 2014: Bring on the Seniors!

These are the lazy days of summer when people are not paying too much attention to politics and politicians, but it’s a good time for politicians to put a lot of miles on their vehicles hitting every little event they can.

It’s not a great time to air campaign ads in Montana because Montanans are outside. We seem to cherish summers more than others, especially since it was not too long ago that we had a few minus 20 and minus 30 temperatures. Brrr.

Although I don’t think it’s a great time to air new campaign ads, U.S. Senator John Walsh recently released a new ad called “Disappointed” that I will analyze today.


Published in: on July 8, 2014 at 6:44 am  Comments Off on MT Senate 2014: Bring on the Seniors!  
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MT Senate 2014: Getting Nasty

One thing for sure is that this 2014 election season will probably go down as one of the nastiest campaign seasons in Montana history – mostly because of the U.S. Senate race.

Montanans have been subjected to some interesting ads in the senate race between U.S. Representative Steve Daines and U.S. Senator John Walsh. We’ve seen ads about rape, physical violence, veterans, healthcare, and families.

There’s good news! We have not seen too many third party ads yet – and it’s only June!

Daines was first to air a negative attack ad and he may not stop. Will the independent voters in Montana, whose votes  Daines needs to win, grow tired of his attacks on John Walsh, a highly decorated Iraq war veteran?

On Friday night I happened to see the newest campaign ad from Congressman Steve Daines which is titled “Mistreated.”



MT Senate 2014 – Who won the first debate?

Who do you think won the June 14 U.S. Senate debate between John Walsh, Steve Daines, and Roger Roots?

Click on “Continue Reading” to take the poll…


Published in: on June 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm  Comments Off on MT Senate 2014 – Who won the first debate?  
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MT Senate 2014: In the Land of China…

Most Montanans who follow politics know that Max Baucus resigned from the U.S. Senate to become the U.S. Ambassador to China. He was given the Ambassadorship because he was not running for office again, and the Democrats wanted to give someone a head start to keep the senate seat with the Democrats. That someone ended up being Lt. Governor John Walsh.

Before all this happened, about all I (and Baucus) knew about China came from Forrest Gump who said, “In the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.”

According to the campaigns of U.S. Senate candidates John Walsh and Steve Daines, China has something that belongs to Americans: American jobs. To hear them tell the story, it’s all because the other guy let the jobs go to China.


Published in: on May 21, 2014 at 6:59 am  Comments Off on MT Senate 2014: In the Land of China…  
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MT Campaign 2014: Daines, Walsh, & Zinke

It was a tough weekend here in Western Word country. It snowed a little less than four inches on Sunday and, although it melted, it made for a gloomy Mothers Day.

To make matters worse, I did not get drafted or even called by any NFL teams during the draft this weekend (I had even “bulked up” some). This is something like the 30th year I have not been drafted…

There’s good news! I am here to write! Today I write about a Steve Daines campaign ad, and I write about Ryan Zinke earning a big endorsement. Plus, Gallup polling says we’re not that enthused about the 2014 elections.


Published in: on May 12, 2014 at 7:26 am  Comments Off on MT Campaign 2014: Daines, Walsh, & Zinke  
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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.


Published in: on May 6, 2014 at 6:51 am  Comments Off on MT Campaign 2014: New Ads from Corey & Steve  
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