Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Hang on – It’s Wednesday and the date is 12-12-12. Wow! The weekend is starting to come into sight!

Today several issues in the news caught my attention like the Welch recount, Outside groups, Montana Senate 2012, Boehner’s leadership, McConnell’s poll, TWW Poll Results, Daines listens, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome – if this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

PLEASE NOTE: If you read this column you will probably gain knowledge not found on other websites! You may be able to use this information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. The information might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about unemployment, airport boarding numbers, the count including provisional ballots, iPad minis, the Rescue Mission, Kansas City Chiefs, the Cat/Griz meeting, Pelosi and Russert, Veterans, Christmas, and Shania arrives in Vegas!

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Caught My Eye…

You made it to Friday – Congratulations!  I’m here to help you bring it home and slide into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Here is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write or comment about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile…

BE ADVISED: Before proceeding please understand that everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about F-15s, Armstrong, cellphone ban, raising a child, I share some e-mails from my political inbox, I talk about party line voting, and there’s a lot more! Continue reading

Welch: Schools Deserve Better Support from OPI

Note:  The following opinion was submitted to The Western Word by Sandy Welch, Republican Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Welch’s contact information and campaign website are listed at the end of the column.

Candidates/Campaigns:  Want to get your press release or opinion piece published on TWW?  Sent it to TWW via e-mail at for consideration!  Publication does not necessarily mean endorsement.

Schools Deserve Better Support from Office of Public Instruction

Few things are more important to a community than well-run and locally controlled schools.  Virtually all school districts, along with teachers, parents, and community leaders, strive to provide the education and training our children deserve with less money than in times past.  While local communities band together, however, State Superintendent Denise Juneau and the Office of Public Instruction have proven themselves to be unreliable partners. Continue reading