Thursday Numbers

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P. J. O’Rourke

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 Mega Millions, unemployment, goats, Anthony Kennedy, Planned Parenthood, KRTV, a second civil war, Congressional leadership ratings, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Tester, McCaskill, Helena Schools, & Paul Ryan

We need to stop spending money we don’t have. – Paul Ryan

Today’s topics are:

  • Most Vulnerable Senators
  • Helena School District
  • Speaker Paul Ryan

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Monday’s Quick Hits

There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen. – Christopher Morley

Happy Halloween – I love that mask you’re wearing!

We’re approaching the final week of the 2016 election season. This should be fun and full of surprises. Buckle up!

Today I take a look at the Billings rally with Speaker Ryan, the new Montana VA Director, Gianforte’s Whistle Stop Tour, Montana Democrats & Get Out To Vote, campaign fliers, Clinton email investigation, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. – Elbert Hubbard

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 Hot Lotto jackpot, dark money, Montana Cash jackpot, unemployment, Decision America Tour, fighter pilots, Zinke fundraiser, Paul Ryan, Trump Towers, NFL preseason, rain, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government. – Donald Trump

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME). It’s also the first CME of May!

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 this week include Montana & Trump, bumper sticker update, Gianforte’s patch, Trump & the Republicans, Fox News & Ed Henry, Cruz & Twitter, Beer & ice cream & cupcakes & blood, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. – Thomas Jefferson

Welcome to Wednesday – also known as “Hump Day” or “Wine Wednesday” or whatever works to help you make it to the weekend!

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

Today’s topics include:

  • “Bold” Analysis of the Gianforte Ad
  • MT Dems – Equal Pay Day
  • Ryan – “Count me out”
  • Trump Complains
  • Cruz – Natural Born Citizen

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Trump: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the toughest jobs in the United States might just be GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s communication director and/or press secretary.

The communications director is one of the paid campaign staffers whose job it is to explain/defend Trump’s statements. Being a communication director or press secretary is a great job when all is going well, but when a scandal hits or the boss says something stupid, it can become a freaking nightmare.

Plus, as the press person you have to be somewhat nice to reporters. Believe me – I’ve done many interviews and sometimes it’s difficult to keep from telling some reporters where to go.

Donald Trump seems to be able to “strike a nerve” just about every week with some outrageous statement. His press office must be busy. Although he’s pretty bombastic, he leads in just about every Republican Presidential poll. Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.

He seems to be saying what many Obama haters believe deep down, but they are afraid to say out loud.

The Republican Party probably never thought that Trump would be relevant this long. Now he is becoming a problem. He could win this darn thing and take down the Republican Party all in one year! He already threatened to run as an independent and that would also sink the Republicans. If Trump is the Republican nominee for President, then the Democrats would probably win back the majority in the U.S. Senate.

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

Before you start, buckle up. Here are today’s topics:

  • Denise Juneau’s DUIs
  • Syrian Refugees
  • MT Lawmakers’ Pay Raise
  • Seatbelts on School Buses

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Caught My Eye…

I had the right to remain silent…but I didn’t have the ability. – Ron White

Welcome to the big show – the first “Caught My Eye” of November!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Denise Juneau & Ryan Zinke, Tim Fox & the PSA, Montana Television Network grows, Illegal Immigration & cartoons, Ben Carson & hip-hop & anger, House Republicans, George H.W. Bush, Whitlock returns, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden

Welcome to the big show! Hey – take your mask off, it’s not Halloween just yet…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about the budget and debt deal, Paul Ryan, the CNBC debate, Bernie!, Barry Beach, Lions & Chiefs in London plus daylight saving time and Halloween, Mizzou football, and we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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