The Wednesday Read: Trump/Tester, Debate, Billings PD, and Lies

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • More Trump vs Tester
  • U.S. House Debate
  • Billings Police Department
  • 3001 Lies

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – Soren Kierkegaard

Welcome to Wednesday – It’s June 1 and we’re less than a week away from Primary Election day in Montana!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Political Fundraising on Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day & Elected Officials
  • Popeyes & Rehberg
  • Circular Firing Squad
  • Veterans Administration
  • Trump & the Media

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams

It’s hump day – and a big day for political news! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Montana Action Alert
  • Montana Governor’s Race
  • Primary/Caucus Analysis
  • NRSC & Tammy Duckworth
  • Obama & Reagan’s Funeral

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Campaign 2014: Fundraising Frenzy

Fundraising is very, very time-consuming. – Arlen Specter

With just about 44 days until Election Day 2014, the political parties are desperately trying to raise money to help their candidates.

The Republicans have a good chance to take control of the senate, but it will be very close and come down to just a few races – so both sides are trying to raise funds to get their message out. Some people predict the senate will fall into Republican hands after this election and then go back to Democrat control after the 2016 election.

Since I subscribe to receive updates via e-mail from different groups within the Democratic and Republican parties, I thought I would share some of the subject lines from their fundraising e-mails. Enjoy.

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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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Obamacare: Happy 4th Anniversary!

It was back on March 23, 2010, that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. It’s had a rocky road to say the least, but it has survived several repeal votes and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, it’s a campaign issue.

Overall I think Obamacare has been a good thing – a thing that could be much better if the Democrats and Republicans would work together to make it better. Repealing it now or in the future might harm more people than it would help. Still, it needs work.

It was a campaign issue in 2012, but it did not help Republican Mitt Romney as he lost to Democrat Barack Obama 51% to 47%. Here in the Montana U.S. Senate race, Republican Denny Rehberg tried to tie Obamacare to Democratic Senator Jon Tester and lost 49% to 44%.

Some reports say there have been 50 votes to repeal Obamacare in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It will be a campaign issue in 2014, but even if the Republicans continue to have a majority in the U.S. House and take over the majority in the U.S. Senate (as some are predicting), the President would veto any bill to repeal it. In 2016, if the Republicans won the White House and still controlled the House and Senate, there might be a slim chance of a repeal, but the Republican Party is so fractured they probably can’t be united enough to do anything. We’ve recently seen how the political parties act when they control the House, Senate, and White House and they have basically crashed and burned.

If you don’t believe me about Obamacare being a campaign issue in 2014, look at Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines’ Facebook page which has at least four recent entries about Obamacare being a failed healthcare law.

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MT Senate 2014: Don’t Go Near the Light

Although we’re a little less than 16 months from the 2014 mid-term elections, there’s money to be raised and staff to be put into place. It’s like a good chess game. Today I take a look at some of the latest developments and, of course, offer my views.

Yesterday “The Hill” reported, “National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Vice Chairman Rob Portman (Ohio) will headline a Capitol Hill fundraiser this month for Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.).” If you follow me on Twitter, you were probably one of the first to see that.

In case you’re not from Montana, Steve Daines is Montana’s lone U.S. House member. He is the leader of the Montana Republicans. He is in his first term and this is his first elected office. He was previously a Lieutenant Governor candidate with Roy Brown in 2008. The Brown/Daines team was creamed by Governor Brian Schweitzer and Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger by about 33 points (yes, that bad).

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Campaign 2012: Tuesday Feels Like Monday

Welcome to Tuesday!  I know it feels like Monday!  Since my column on Friday, there has been a lot happening in the political world – it was a busy weekend just keeping up with it!

Typically Labor Day is the time when the campaigns kick into high gear and voters start noticing.  With about 63 days until Election Day, it is crunch time!  You’ll see more columns here at The Western Word – more than my typical one per day, five days a week!  I am going into overdrive – so you should subscribe to keep up!

This week I’ll be watching the Democratic National Convention and you can count on some lines devoted to it on this website and, of course, some tweets.

Today I write about Karl Rove and murder, Paul Ryan and marathons, Democratic Convention attendees, the AP and undecideds, debates in Montana, Campaign Ad watch, and much more…

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Caught My Eye…

Hey – you’ve made it through another week so congratulations are in order! Spring can’t be too far away, right? RIGHT?

For your trouble this week, I present you another edition of “Caught My Eye” where I take a look (sometimes sarcastically) at stories that I did not have time to write about during the week.

This week I take a look at Montana’s two drunkest cities, a special funeral request, the stuff in my political inbox, a job opening, aliens, and much more!

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Montana Senate 2012: The Senatorial Campaign Committees

On Friday afternoon U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s campaign team sent a follow-up e-mail asking for $10 from 1000 people. Tester had previously sent an e-mail asking for donations on January 19.

It appears the Senator’s request for donations fell short and he’s worried that out-of-state money will define the Montana U.S. Senate race. He wrote:

With the national GOP already plotting to bring their shady tactics and special interest money into our state, it’s time for us to show them just what kind of fight they’re in for.

In my humble opinion, Jon Tester has the market cornered on shady campaign tactics.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) picked up on the fact that Tester could not get 1000 people to donate $10 and his crying about out-of-state money influencing the race. The NRSC brought up the fact that has donated “over $62,000” to Jon Tester. They issued a press release late Friday afternoon called, FACT CHECK: Senator Tester’s Special Interest Hypocrisy. Continue reading