Thursday Numbers

Sometimes the best thing you do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best. – Unknown

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 Aaron Rodgers, unemployment, Montana State Fair, Puerto Rico, Giant Springs Elementary School, President Donald Trump & Google, I-185 poll results, U.S. Senator Jon Tester & the Homeland Security Committee, Unions – Yes, Bob Costas, Tester & Trump, the NFL preseason comes to a close, and much more!

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: MTSen Poll, Half-Staff, Corn Maze, & TWW Poll

Don’t ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • A New MTSen poll
  • Half-Staff
  • Battle of Flat-Tops Corn Maze
  • TWW Poll: I-185

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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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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!

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Campaign 2014: Fundraising Frenzy II

I missed the U.S. House debate last night between Ryan Zinke and John Lewis for Montana’s At-Large House seat (football is much more entertaining). If you want to read about the debate, here is a Lee Newspapers story and an Associated Press story.

The Montanans for Lewis campaign sent a press release last night saying, “Montana’s John Lewis delivered a decisive win tonight championing issues Montanans care about most from Medicare to education, to energy and Montana agriculture jobs.”

I did not receive or see a post-debate press release from the Ryan Zinke campaign.

Last week I wrote about political parties and candidates trying to raise money. I thought they were sending a lot of e-mails, but since there are now only 35 days left until Election Day 2014, they have turned it up a notch or two. I have also taken part in several polls regarding the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races.

As I mentioned last week, I subscribe to receive updates via e-mail from different groups within the Democratic and Republican parties.

Monday, September 29, was a big day! The national Democrats sent me 15 e-mails trying to raise money. On the same day national Republicans sent me nine e-mails about fundraising.

Here are 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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Caught My Eye…

Woohoo – we made it to Friday!

Coming to you from The Western Word world headquarters deep inside a bunker somewhere in Montana, this is “Caught My Eye!” This column is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little. Basically, nothing is off-limit – nothing!

Today I write about Lt. Governor John Walsh, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Steve Daines, Max Baucus, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Secretary of Defense, Malmstrom, F.E. Warren, and Minot, Global Strike Command, Mike “libido” Huckabee, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Bloggers’ rights, birthdays, plus we have two people who are making Montana proud!

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