Well, that’s not true…Sue Malek was working. She was the only one in the Senate Chamber that I saw working – all the other desks were empty. There were a few people at the Senate President’s desk, but I think these were just regular workers, not elected officials.
On the other side, I saw Willis Curdy working in the House Chamber, and perhaps Bryce Bennett too…I couldn’t be sure. There were a few people at the Speaker’s desk, but again, it didn’t look like anyone ‘important.’ There was a class of students and someone giving a lecture about 1912 and also how the desks in the House Chamber are the originals. Other than that, the gallery was empty.
In the hallways I saw few people. I saw one of the main bankers of the Chamber of Commerce sitting on a bench and I walked by Chuck Hunter as he was exiting the Governor’s Budget Office. There were lots of students standing around a table on the second floor, and down in the basement Chuck Johnson was talking to someone in a side room. I guess that’s where stories happen now – it used to be where we made copies.
The place was dead in other words, and I find that odd – isn’t it Monday? Maybe they’re all in ‘committee meetings,’ if you know what I mean.
Something else I picked up is that many of our legislators could be sexually frustrated. Now, I have a feeling this is on the right, and largely involves the men. Why the men aren’t getting any is unclear, but it could have something to do with wives that are not happy unless their political views are front and center. And when we say front and center, I think we both know we’re talking about the legislature here.
I also heard that the legislature will be in session until 8 tonight, and that many members are “bitching” about this. This is one problem that legislators can run into if they’re paid on a per day basis as opposed to hourly.
Anyways, those were some legislative and Helena Capitol observations. Tomorrow I hope to have some images to go with my report…if there is one.
Thanks for reading!