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



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!


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!


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!


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…


Published in: on September 18, 2012 at 8:32 am  Comments Off on Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Final Update)  
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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! (more…)

Published in: on June 27, 2012 at 8:20 am  Comments Off on Wednesday’s Political Potpourri  
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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. (more…)

Published in: on December 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm  Comments Off on Bipartisanship…  
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Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Fall 2011 Update)

12/27/11 Note:  Several sources (CNN) (Politico) are reporting that Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) will announce that he is not seeking re-election in November 2012.  The Western Word (TWW) had Nelson listed as the “Most Vulnerable” Senator up for re-election in 2012.

The honor of being TWW’s #1 Most Vulnerable Senator now falls on Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) with Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) moving up to #2.


This is my third column about the U.S. Senate elections of 2012.  If you missed one of the previous columns, you can read them by clicking on these dates:

November 2010. 

March 2011.

About a year from now (September 2012) we will be in campaign “frenzy” mode.  You’ll be getting fliers in your mailbox, calls on your telephones, and your local television and radio stations will be saturated with campaign advertisements.  The national campaign to elect a President will be in full swing.  It will be hard to escape the grips of the political campaigns.  For us political junkies, it will be fun! (more…)

Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Updated)

*This column has been updated (Sept 2011). After reading this one, click HERE to view the update!

Back on November 4, 2010, while some folks were dissecting the results from the election on November 2, here at The Western Word (TWW) I developed a list of the 10 Most Vulnerable Senators for 2012.

Ironically, that column has been one of the most widely read and linked columns ever written here at TWW. Thanks to my faithful readers from around the world!

Since it’s now March 2011, let’s take a look at the November list, do some editing and come up with a more up to date one! To refresh your memory, here is my list from November 2010: (more…)

Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Editor’s note:  This column has been updated.  Read this one and then click HERE for an update.

Today is Thursday and newspapers and websites are full of stories that are examining the results of the Tuesday night election. It’s no different whether you are in Missouri or Montana, the theme for the Democrats are basically the same: would have, could have, should have…and throw in a few lines about dirty campaigning and money from out of state making a difference.

That is so yesterday…

Political parties should now be looking ahead to 2012. Now. Waiting until after the holidays to get the 2012 campaign machine in gear is not an option.

In the United States Senate one-third of the senators are now “in cycle” meaning they are up next for re-election. For those unfamiliar with politics, senators are placed in one of three “classes” with approximately 33 of them up for re-election every two years. The members of the U.S. House are up for re-election very two years.

In 2012, there will be 21 Democrat senators up for re-election and only 10 Republicans. There are also two Independents that caucus with the Democrats. You can view the list HERE. (more…)