From the dome to your property. Ramblings, mutterings, eager observations and matters you ought to know out of Helena from the mind of Phil Drake.
Debate Views AND AFTERTHOUGHTS: I viewed the “Battle of the Steves” U.S. Senate discussion Aug. 8 involving incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Democratic challenger Gov. Steve Bullock.
I don’t believe there were being any winners and equally candidates remaining with their dignity intact. As I get more mature I know these debates do not seem to be to change anyone’s thoughts. If you viewed as a Republican you in all probability remained Republican.
All through the one-hour of verbal jousting in a digital structure in which people participated from their homes and places of work, I bought about two dozen email messages from the camps of the two candidates difficult details or enjoying up what their man or woman experienced claimed.
“Boy, that was speedy,” I assumed.
Turns out, according to a single of the panelists, the debate was taped previously in the working day.
Believe that it or not, the evening was capped off with an e-mail from both equally camps that mentioned their applicant had gained.
I didn’t see that coming.
I assumed the panelists did a great work with inquiries, given the format. A lot more debates are prepared and I search forward to hearing what they have to say.
Struggle BREWING: Educational institutions Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is butting heads with Gov. Steve Bullock in excess of his modern mask mandate which involves masks be worn at personal and community faculties in counties in which there are at least 4 lively circumstances at COVID-19.
The governor issued his directive Wednesday as the coronavirus quantities carry on to climb and educational institutions are preparing to reopen.
Arntzen, a Republican, explained she acquired of the governor’s directive minutes ahead of it was introduced and “once again left the Workplace of General public Instruction in the dark in his final decision-making connected to properly reopening schools.”
She known as it “poorly timed and isolated conclusion-making” on the governor’s element.
The governor’s office advised the Associated Push he has involved the superintendent in determination-generating via weekly discussions with her and her workers.
They mentioned the “superintendent is much more intrigued in acquiring headlines than doing the job together to get Montana little ones back to school securely.”
I never know who did what. But I do know this variety of again and forth does not bode nicely for Montana in occasions of a pandemic. I imagine people expect our much better angels in occasions these kinds of as these.
UP IN SMOKE: The Linked Press documented condition lawmakers will be polled on a proposed ban of flavored vaping solutions, following some Republican opposed the rule proposed by the Montana Section of Health and fitness and Human Solutions.
Thirteen Montana senators and 7 representatives say the overall health division does not have the authority to put into practice these kinds of a ban. The rule would prohibit all sales, distribution and marketing of digital smoking cigarettes products in Montana. The well being department proposed the rule on June 16, citing elevated use of flavored vaping merchandise by Montana youth.
Montana regulation dictates that a poll of the legislature is required when 20 or far more legislators object to a proposed administrative rule.
It will be fascinating to see how this turns out. I listened in on a single listening to and both equally sides were rather fired up (no pun supposed).
A GOOF: Last 7 days I wrote about new ownership of Cassiopeia Guides in Wonderful Falls and attributed a estimate to the wrong particular person.
It was essentially prior Andrew Guschausky, who claimed the pleasant stuff about the new operator Millie Whalen.
I apologize for the error. But also desired to desire Andrew the ideal. He tells me he is moving to Boise. I know the Fantastic Falls group and bibliophiles will miss out on him.
The retail outlet has just relocated to 606 Central Ave. I desire Ms. Whalen very good luck.
Back TO THE Future: On Wednesday I was receiving ready to style up some breaking news when my world-wide-web crashed. And I crashed with it.
I jokingly simply call myself a Luddite, which means I shun technologies. I really do not get into extravagant devices, gizmos or doo-dads. So when technological know-how fails, it delivers me to a halt.
I tried out to hook up to the world-wide-web as a result of my Apple iphone hotspot (there are only about 3 text I realize in this sentence) and primarily just rebooted my personal computer regularly and pulled the electric power cord in an out of different gadgets.
A single I understood it was a failure on behalf of my company company, I appeared to serene down.
And within just an hour or so I was again at it, but had shed worthwhile time.
I felt so dropped and defeated. I even now do.
Dome Lights appears Sunday, unless the villagers catch me. Electronic mail me at [email protected] or phone 406-231-9021. I’m based mostly in Helena. Mail me at P.O.Box 1601, Helena, MT 59624.