Grapevine: MT legislator asks for pay in silver, gold coins

State Rep. Jerry O'Neil cites the Constitution


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Divide and Conquer

The movement to secede from the United States has picked up steam in the 24 hours since we first told you about it.

The Daily Caller reports, the White House has received more than 675,000 signatures across all 50 states.

There are now seven states -– Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas which have the 25,000 signatures necessary for the White House to review their proposals.

Web surfers must register with the White House before launching or signing a petition so they can vote only once in each state.

Reality Meets Fantasy

While reporters focus on the extramarital affair and tangled cover-up video gamers get to play out a fantasy in which David Petraeus is defense secretary.

The Atlantic reports, the new "Call of Duty" game is set in the year 2025 with a Hillary Clinton-esque female president.

The news of the Petraeus scandal Friday followed by the game's release Tuesday made for some interesting timing.

One gaming blog notes -- quote -- "All of this adds up to an incredibly awkward coincidence and a bit of unintentional comedy for the otherwise ultra-serious Tom Clancy-style military fantasy that is 'Black Ops 2.'"

Asking For It

Finally, the country's fiscal picture has spooked one Montana lawmaker to make an unusual request.

Montana State Representative Jerry O'Neil wants his pay in silver and gold coins.

O'Neil cites Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution which says no state shall -- quote -- "make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts."

No word yet on whether the state of Montana will comply with O'Neil's request.