Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday – the last Monday of October! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Ehrlick & Montana Family Foundation
  • Wittich’s Trial Delayed
  • Trump/Carson & Religion
  • Tea Party – Circling the Drain?

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Boehner: Take this Job…

In case you missed the big political news Friday morning, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio announced that he is resigning as Speaker of the House. He’s also quitting Congress altogether.

It was a ‘drop the mic and walk off the stage’ moment.

Basically Boehner grew tired of fighting with the far-right wing conservatives in his party. The far-right conservatives grew tired of Boehner and his leadership. They seemed to think he was not fighting hard enough.

I guess those 50-60 votes to repeal Obamacare in the past four years and shutting down the government were not enough.

The chances of anyone doing anything better than Boehner are slim. Who would want the job? When you have different parties controlling the Executive and Legislative branches of the government, you must compromise for the good of the country.

Yes, it’s really that simple.

I’m not a fan of Boehner and never have been. Senator Republican leader Mitch McConnell could also step down as far as I am concerned. They need someone to tell the far-righties in the GOP party to shove it.

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Great Falls: School Trustee Election

Happy Earth Day – take care of it!

I vote in every election. I don’t remember the last time I did not vote – it was probably when I was in the military and my ballot did not make it to me in time. I believe that the voting process for military members and their dependents has improved some since then.

I received my “Official School Election Ballot” in the mail yesterday. I must admit, I am always a little excited when my ballot arrives. That’s my chance to have my say, and my vote counts the same as every other voter.

It’s been reported that only one name will appear on the ballot for School Trustee. The reports are correct – in the 2015 School Trustee Election the only name that appears on the ballot is Bob Moretti.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to October – thanks for dropping by!

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the national debt, unemployment, Jimmy Carter, crazy illegal things in each state, bra cam, secret service, Tea Party, most memorable quotes, most vulnerable house and senate members, Tom Delay, minimum wage, Ebola & Missoula, Fox News apologies, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of knowledge! The weekend is in sight – but I am not so sure about summer.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the NALC food drive, Hot Lotto, barrels of oil, John Walsh, Steve Daines, unemployment, Amazon Fire, Brian Schweitzer, polls and more polls, DUI, Lucy Li, jury duty, Kansas City Royals, Public Service Commissioners, U.S. Patent Office, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” which always means we are one day closer to the weekend!

By the way, there are no lines or secret lists…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or send me nasty e-mails.

This week I write about General Motors, disability, Jasmine Eskew, Steve Daines, VA, Malmstrom AFB, oldest living man, Gregg Jarrett, Tara the famous feline, unemployed, Tea Party, Benghazi, the search for extraterrestrial life, Montana’s first national VA cemetery, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” Thanks for stopping by; now buckle your chinstrap!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm) just to make you smile or to make you shake your head.

This week I write about tourism, NBC, unemployment, Big Sky Freedom Fund, levy elections, Lois Lerner, Steve Daines, John Walsh, my mom, Ryan Zinke, Tea Party, Benghazi, the three stooges, and much more!

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Graybill v Parent Coalition for Accountability in Schools

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” –Derek Bok

Friday afternoon the Great Falls (MT) Tribune posted a story on their website about a campaign complaint being filed against the anti-school levy folks in Great Falls.

A local Great Falls attorney, Ben Graybill, filed the complaint. The complaint filed with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices is called “Graybill v Parent Coalition for Accountability in Schools COPP-2014-CFP-0018.” You can read the complaint HERE.

After reading the complaint, I smiled.

Basically Graybill contends the Parent Coalition for Accountability in Schools violated the rules by not filing as a political group with the state. He contends they supported a candidate for school board and they dropped flyers on some doorsteps urging people to “Vote No on School Levy.”

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – the spring break edition! Let’s be careful out there!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Michael Bloomberg, Matt Rosendale, Steve Daines, John Walsh, Ryan Zinke, federal employees, unemployment, Hustler magazine, Reince Priebus, al Qaeda, Glamour’s Sexiest Men, Ford Mustang, Tea Party rallies, NBA playoffs, C-130 cargo planes, Steve Bullock, and much more!

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Montana Politics: Party-Line Votes

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen. -Author Unknown

Lee Newspapers published two stories Monday citing a Congressional Quarterly report on the voting records of members of congress, including U.S. Representative Steve Daines, U.S. Senator Jon Tester, and former U.S. Senator Max Baucus.

If you’re looking for someone who is independent or in the middle, you won’t find them in Montana’s congressional delegation.

Lee Newspapers reported “Daines opposed the president 87 percent of the time” and “Tester supported the president 96 percent of the time and Baucus 95 percent.”

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