Caught My Eye…

I ain’t as good as I once was,
My how the years have flown,
But there was a time,
Back in my prime,
When I could really hold my own
– As Good As I Once Was (Scott Emerick /Toby Keith)

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 my observations from Tuesday’s Primary Election, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards, August Recess, Plagiarism, and One More Thing!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. – Phillips Brooks

Today I take a look at Montana’s U.S. House seat, the Electoral College, NFL Football, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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 this week include Firefighting & C-130s, Surge Operation & Zinke, Bushman & the PSC, RINO Fight, Veterans’ Wait Time, Postal Service, ASSOL or ASS Law, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. – Andy Rooney

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s also January 20, so that means that one year from today a new President will be inaugurated!

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!

Here are today’s topics:

  • Gianforte Finishes Exploring
  • Electricity Rate Increase
  • SCOTUS & Immigration
  • Palin Endorses Trump
  • Trump & Liberty University
  • U.S. Senator Charles Grassley

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of September.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or both.

Today I write about the dam sale, Bullock, Beach & clemency, Bob & Maureen McDonnell, Congress returns, Joan Rivers, TWW on Facebook, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Campaign 2014: Here We Go!

It was fun to monitor the Montana Secretary of State’s website off and on yesterday to see who was running for office. Big thanks to all who are running for office and best of luck on June 3.

The primary field is basically set, although candidates filing for Independent or Minor Party candidates closes June 2. That’s after the candidate has obtained enough signatures on a petition to run for that office, which is absurd and should be changed. You can also run as a write-in candidate, but there are several hoops to jump through for that, too. You can find information for both methods HERE.

There were a few surprises. You can check out the candidate lists HERE. Here are my thoughts and observations (so far):

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you are new around these parts, this is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

NOTICE: If you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about Powerball, Ohio, burning hair, Montana PSC, lobbying in Montana, unemployment, bear hunting, Thomas Jefferson, Twitter, University of Great Falls, Katherine Webb, Lindsay Lohan’s mug shots, Jon Tester, Max Baucus, F-15s, ObamaCare, Adrian Dantley, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” column of March! Is this a great country or what?

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.

NOTICE: If you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about SPAM, unemployment, calligraphers, Dow Jones, Public Service Commission, renters, the 1913 session, minimum wage, knives on planes, Mansfield-Metcalf, bison, filibuster, Kansas City Royals, and much more!

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“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

Brad Molnar may be singing that Rolling Stones song today about the latest happenings from the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC).

For those of you who don’t know what a PSC does (and actually care about it) here is what their website tells us: “…ensure that public utilities in Montana provide adequate service to customers at reasonable rates. In its decisions, the commission tries to balance the interests of ratepayers who are concerned about utility costs with the utilities’ need to have the opportunity to earn a fair rate of return on their investment.”

There are five commissioners elected from five districts across the state. They serve four year terms. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected by the Commissioners.

That’s “pretty cool.”

Coming into 2011, the PSC was bubbling over with anticipation as the GOP took control of the commission. The GOP controls the commission 3-2 over the Democrats. Previously, the Democrats controlled the PSC 4-1.

In what could be defined as having visions of sugar- plums dancing through his head, PSC District 2 Commissioner Brad Molnar (the only Republican when the PSC was 4-1 in Democratic control) seemed to have felt since he was the “senior” Republican that he would be anointed to the throne of Chairman. (more…)

Montana Politics 2010: U.S. House, State Supreme Court, PSC Endorsements

Here we are about a month out from Election Day 2010. The absentee ballots are in the mail and the airwaves are full of campaign advertisements. I received my ballot yesterday.

This week The Western Word is making some key endorsements for the 2010 Election. Today, I take a look at Statewide and Public Service Commission races.

Here is the agenda:

Monday: Montana House and Senate (Click HERE to read)

Tuesday: A few local races (Click HERE to read).

Today: U.S. House, State Supreme Court, PSC District #1

In making these endorsements, I have trolled the net looking for information. I’ve visited campaign websites. I’ve checked Project Vote Smart for information. I’ve called and visited with people about candidates. I’ve also talked with some of the candidates. Some of them came to my door. Some found it was not a pleasant experience.

In some of these contests, I won’t get to cast a vote in because I live outside the voting area, but the candidate impressed me enough to give them a nod. With my readership increasing by leaps and bounds (September was an all-time high for visits to this website) I felt it was very important to let my faithful followers know which candidates I endorse.

For those candidates not listed as being endorsed, it means you probably did not impress me enough to deserve an endorsement or I just don’t care about you.

So without further delay, here are my recommendations for the 2010 Election Season for U.S. House of Representatives, Montana Supreme Court, and Public Service Commission District #1: (more…)