Campaign 2014: One More Day!

The final push is here! Voters head to the polls on Tuesday and late Tuesday night we’ll start seeing the results. There will be tears of happiness and there will be tears of sorrow.

Thanks to all the candidates who ran for office in 2014.

You need to vote! If you are from Montana, click HERE to find out how. If you are from some other state, click HERE.

The Western Word (TWW) will have all hands on deck for election night. I will be up most of the night following the races and providing independent updates (and these updates will be posted mostly before anyone else).

So, here is what you need to do: You need to follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord for updates. If you don’t have Twitter, go to my website TheWesternWord.com and follow the Twitter feed on the right side of the screen (Hit refresh every few minutes).

Finally, make sure to buckle your seatbelts Tuesday night around 8:00 p.m. Montana time.

On Tuesday night I’ll be paying attention to U.S. Senate races in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Here in Montana there are some interesting races. Here are a few Montana races that will have my attention:

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Campaign 2014: Loney v. Jacobson Part II

Back in the election of 2012, Democrat Tom Jacobson beat incumbent Republican Cleve Loney by 74 votes in state house district 25 (HD 25). It looks like there will be a rematch in 2014, which will make it one of the more interesting races to watch. Due to redistricting, the district is now HD 21. I am not a resident of this district.

Readers may remember that after the election, Loney filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices “alleging various campaign violations arising from the conduct at the Expo Park, Great Falls, during the General Election on November 7, 2012.”

The complaint was dismissed.

Last March I wrote:

One part of the complaint was about a state senator (Anders Blewett) who was not on the ballot and wore a nametag, and a candidate (Jacobson) who was on the ballot and who did not wear a nametag passing out chips, candy, and water to people who were waiting in line to vote at the Expo Park in Great Falls (MT). The commissioner’s report stated there was no evidence they talked to people about voting or who to vote for or even campaigned.

Basically they were just being really nice guys.

Let’s get real.

If you believe an elected official or a candidate is hanging out at a polling place and passing out chips, water, and candy only out of the goodness of their hearts, then I have some oceanfront property to sell you near Geyser.

Since chips, water, and candy is fine, what’s next? Maybe the local political parties and/or candidates can host a barbecue in the Expo Park parking lot on Election Day 2014. They can also serve water, pop, wine, and beer! Let’s make it a great day!

Jacobson also made a name for himself during his time in Helena at the legislature. Lee Newspapers had the story:

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A Few Peas Short…

A friend told me the other day that during this session of the Montana Legislature they write, “Please Open Other End” on the bottom of Coke and Pepsi cans to keep the legislators from making a mess.

He was joking (I think), but after the headlines from what happened Friday, I can see why they might consider it. Some members of the Montana Legislature may need remedial training on voting.

State Representative Tom Jacobson (D-Great Falls) is one of the legislators who may need an intern or someone to help him vote correctly. It was not just any vote he screwed up; it was a vote to help those less fortunate. It was a vote about Medicaid.

It was a bill that should have passed. The headlines on Friday and Saturday were not that kind to Jacobson:  Continue reading

MT Politics: Just Being Really Nice Guys

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, James W. Murry, ruled on the Loney versus Moore, Blewett, Jacobson, and Boland complaint yesterday. It was not a big surprise to me that Commissioner Murry ruled against Loney.

To set this up a little, Republican Cleve Loney was running for reelection in Montana State House District 25. Democrat Tom Jacobson was his opponent. When the dust settled, Jacobson beat Loney by 74 votes out of the 5,068 votes cast. By the way, I am not a voter in this district.

One part of the complaint was about a state senator (Blewett) who was not on the ballot and wore a nametag, and a candidate (Jacobson) who was on the ballot and who did not wear a nametag passing out chips, candy, and water to people who were waiting in line to vote at the Expo Park in Great Falls (MT). The commissioner’s report stated there was no evidence they talked to people about voting or who to vote for or even campaigned.

Basically they were just being really nice guys.

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