The Wednesday Read: Laurel, Trump, & Romney

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Today’s read deals with these important issues:

  • The Laurel, Montana, Circus
  • Trump & Airline Safety
  • Trump’s Bigger Button
  • Hatch & Romney

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Caught My Eye…

Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it. – Thomas Paine

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

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.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include the pep rally for Trump, government shutdown averted, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, Greg Gianforte, CHIP, Obamacare, the Zinkes, and One More Thing!

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Caught My Eye…

The people who influence you are the people who believe in you. – Henry Drummond

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

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.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Rob Quist/Greg Gianforte and PAC money, Tim Fox, Jon Tester town hall, Ryan Zinke’s socks, American Health Care Act, Orrin Hatch, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

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 Jon Tester & the Thornton Law Firm, unemployment, Duck Dynasty, 115th Congress demographics, grizzly bears, Garfield County Montana, Orrin G. Hatch, Montana Legislators’ pay raise, auto thefts in Great Falls, Great American Smokeout, drunk driving in Montana, oil & gas leases, Ryan Zinke & “American Commander,” College Football Playoff rankings, lobbying, and much more!

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Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Final Update)

Right after the November 2010 elections, I wrote and published a column I called, “Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators” which has been widely read – in fact it’s the most read column of all time from The Western Word (and we’ve been in business here since January 2005).

That column was updated in March 2011 and again in September 2011. Since we are under 50 days until Election Day, I will take a final look at my “10 Most Vulnerable Senators” which has been narrowed down to just a few! Enjoy the read…

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Readers:  Today is National PTSD Awareness Day – please visit this website to learn more and how to help.  Also please join me in keeping those who are fighting the wildfires across the Rocky Mountain West in your thoughts and prayers – please be safe out there!

Here we are just about 24 hours from finding out from the U.S. Supreme Court about healthcare law.  Also, they will be ruling on the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act.  Those two things and the possibity that the U.S. House may vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt should make for an interesting Thursday – so follow me on Twitter to keep up with the latest!

Today on The Western Word, I take a look at some polls, Charlie Rangel, Orrin Hatch, Montana Governor’s race fundraising, candidates’ debt, and much more – so read on! Continue reading

Bipartisanship…

Back in November 2008 right after U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (Alaska) was defeated by Mark Begich, I wrote that all Stevens has left to do is get his name cleared, “But in the end, that’s all that really matters. Now his Republican colleagues can cast him away like a piece of trash and feel OK about it.”

Many of his Republican colleagues did just that.

Readers may remember that Stevens was convicted on federal corruption charges just a couple of weeks prior to Election Day 2008. Continue reading