Trump (maybe) picks Zinke. Goat pic south of Missoula. Silver and maroon.

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President-elect Donald Trump apparently wants Ryan Zinke. That story here.

A fellow reporter at another outlet said it makes perfect sense to choose a Navy SEAL to oversee Montana wetlands. That’s a very bad joke.

Regardless, we all get to vote again, and that’s cool.

What I’m reading today? How U.S. journalists normalized the rise of Hitler and Mussolini.

In news related to the University of Montana, the consultants hired to recruit a new president and Commissioner of Higher Education held listening sessions yesterday.

Deputy commissioner of communications Kevin McRae provided the contract with AGB Search, and I’m posting it here: agb-search. It is costing $72,500 for the recruitment.

McRae said that’s the only contract signed or sought to date related to transition at UM. In January, the Montana Board of Regents will take up a contract for the interim president, he said.

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See the pic? It’s dark, but that’s AGB’s Jim McCormick on the right. I asked him about his silver and maroon tie.

“Are these the right colors?” McCormick joked.

He said his colleague, Janice Fitzgerald, made sure he was sporting the right look for Tuesday’s meetings. I was curious if he was actually an alum. Nope, but when AGB recruits, he said, they take the personalities of campuses seriously, and he pointed to a Grizzlies ball cap he had with his gear, too.

The goat has nothing to do with anything except we are in Montana, and you guys like dogs, and this animal sort of resembles a dog. Please feel free to send your pup pics, cat snaps, anything but snakes, and I’ll make them famous by posting them here.

– Keila Szpaller

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Zingers from Zinke’s fellow GOP’ers headed to the U.S. House

Story here of the new and “diverse” makeup of the incoming GOP members of the U.S. House.

  • In Wisconsin, a longtime and low-key Republican, Tom Petri, is being replaced by firebrand state lawmaker Glenn Grothman, who referred to protesters at the state Capitol in Madison as “a bunch of slobs” and has opposed equal-pay legislation because “you could argue that money is more important for men.” (Pictured here in AP photo by Doug Raflik.)
  • In Georgia, Jody Hice, a Baptist minister and conservative talk show host, has said that being gay is a lifestyle that “enslaves” people and that he doesn’t have a problem with a woman being in politics as long as she’s “within the authority of her husband.”
  • Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL elected in Montana, has gotten attention for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton “the antichrist.” “Do I really believe that she is the antichrist? That answer would be ‘no,'” Zinke said in an interview. “But I do get a little emotional about Benghazi, and I like the rest of America want answers.”

George Ochenski responds to the GOP sweep in this column about Montana candidates – and he calls for cleaning house in the Democratic Party:

The Demos sold out their base, their base stayed home, and Republicans swept the elections in a red tide nationwide.

On the local front, the Missoula County Elections Office is counting the accepted provisional ballots starting at 3 p.m. today. Elections administrator Rebecca Connors estimates it will take 30 to 60 minutes.

Then, we should have a good idea of whether we’ll have any recounts in legislative races, pending the canvass.

– Keila Szpaller