The Wednesday Read: DUI, Monica, & Mitt

The bad news is I accidentally took the wrong medicine this morning. The good news is I’m now protected against fleas and worms for the next 3 months. –Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Montana’s DUI Laws
  • Monica Lindeen
  • Mitt Romney

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Caught My Eye…

You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning
– “Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan

Welcome to the big show to end the week – the last “Caught My Eye” (CME) of January! Did I ever tell you how much I hate January?

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.

Today’s topics that caught my eye this week include:

  • Montana Democrats & Hate Group
  • AG Tim Fox & Reelection
  • Applause…
  • GOP Presidential Debate
  • Jeb Bush & Christians
  • Tom Brady’s Letter

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MT Gov 2016: Attack…Attack…

Just as most people believed, Republican Greg Gianforte is inching closer to running for Montana Governor.

Gianforte has not officially announced anything, but the Associated Press reported that he filed a candidate statement on Monday with the Commissioner of Political Practices for an exploratory campaign. It is not a declaration of candidacy, but the filing will allow Gianforte to start raising money.

Gianforte filing paperwork made me wonder about two things. First, I wonder if his children will donate to his campaign. Second, for someone as rich as Gianforte, I wonder if being the Governor of Montana would be a lot like having a minimum wage job.

Overall I did not see that much excitement about this step for Gianforte, but the Montana Democrats seem to be very worried about him becoming a candidate. Very worried.

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MT Senate 2014: The End?

Maybe it is time to cue The Doors’ song, “The End.”

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end

The talk of U.S. Senator John Walsh withdrawing from the senate race reached fever pitch Tuesday evening when the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Walsh had cancelled several upcoming events.

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MT Senate 2014: The Plot Thickens…

The fine folks at Public Policy Polling (PPP) surveyed 1,011 Montana voters for a new poll about the 2014 U.S. Senate race featuring U.S. Senator Max Baucus.  They believe the race looks “competitive.”

Baucus was pitted against what seemed like everyone in the Montana GOP except the person who cleans their Headquarters in Helena (I think).

The poll was interesting (Read it here PDF). Here are some of my thoughts:

The poll told us that Baucus has a job performance rating of 45% approve and 48% disapprove which is not too alarming to me. One thing to remember is that Baucus has spent the last few years taking a backseat to Jon Tester, Steve Daines, and Steve Bullock and the millions upon millions spent in the campaign of 2012. Baucus can spend a few thousand dollars in statewide media to tell people what he’s done lately and change those numbers quickly. Baucus is already working on this. The groups who support him are working on it, too. Money won’t be a problem because Baucus can raise money like no other politician in Montana history.

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Campaign 2012: DNC Convention

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) started yesterday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and there were some great speeches delivered throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  If you like great speeches it was well worth watching!

Today I write about the debt, Nancy Keenan, Julián Castro, Michelle Obama, Denise Juneau, the Brian Schweitzer sideshow, and much more.

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Caught My Eye…

Friday has arrived and you made it – Congratulations!  You can now read “Caught My Eye” and slide into your weekend armed with knowledge and maybe a smile!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Here is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write or comment about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to keep it lively.

ADVISORY:  Everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about an ethics audit, a Republican Caucus Chair, robo-calls, a bully, Glacier National Park, Best, Lugar, and I peek inside my political inbox and share, plus there’s a lot more! Continue reading