Monday’s Potpourri

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. – William J. Clinton

Hello Monday! It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Chairman
  • Fireworks
  • Presidential Candidates & Gay Marriage

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of June!

In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Cam Newton, Caitlyn Jenner, unemployment, the Eagles, TSA, moral values, Greg Gianforte, live anthrax, social/economic conservatives, Affordable Care Act, secret surveillance flights, the top 10 for Republican Presidential debates, construction season, Montana Republican Party chair, and much more!

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MT GOP Convention: Pop the Cork

I followed reports over the weekend from people attending the Montana GOP convention in Bozeman and also read stories and watched local news reports about the convention. I also wasted about two hours of my sunny Saturday to follow Twitter and see who won the elections at the Montana GOP convention.

That, my faithful readers, is sacrifice.

I expect many folks hoped to hear about members of the Montana Republican Party uniting and having a “Kumbaya” moment during their convention, but apparently that did not happen.

In fact, the Republicans will probably be eating their own in the upcoming 2014 primary season. It could be the nastiest primary season in Montana history. The Republicans’ 2014 primary season may make “The Purge” movie seem like a lighthearted romantic comedy. Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read this week’s edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is 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: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about “Likes” on Facebook, Bobby Kennedy, Chris Christie, Susan Rice, D-Day, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, Max Baucus, Steve Bullock, Montana Republicans, Montana Democrats, Brian Schweitzer, Stop Dark Money Montana, unemployment, Veterans Upward Bound, NSA and Verizon, Will Deschamps, Gary Carlson, Don Hart, Major League Baseball, Obamacare, and much more!

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Military/Veterans Potpourri

Happy Tuesday! As a veteran I always enjoy writing about military and veterans issues! Today I write about the Montana Legislature and HB 49, Congressman Daines hires military/veterans staffers, the Montana GOP, Chuck Hagel, and much more!

House Bill (HB) 49:

Sometimes the Montana Legislature does something good, and when they do I like to write about it (I like to write about the stupid things, too).  A bill (HB 49) which is “An Act Exempting Military Pension or Retirement Income and Survivor Benefits from State Income Taxation” is making its way through the legislative process. The bill was introduced by Representative Pat Ingraham (R).

You can read the bill HERE.

What troubles me is the number of votes against the bill. In the House Taxation Committee it passed 12-8. On second reading it passed 57-43. If my tabulation is correct, 36 Democrats and seven Republicans voted against the bill (and against military retirees and military survivors).

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Monday Morning Politics

It was quite an interesting weekend in the political world!  Have no fear, the staff here at The Western Word (TWW) were monitoring the newspapers across the web and checking out a few newscasts and newspapers to keep up with all the happenings in the world of politics.

Here’s what we came up with: the Rehberg Campaign and organized labor, the Tea Party and Montana GOP Convention, candidates lining up, Weiner-gate, the Montana PSC and much MORE. Continue reading