The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

The older you get, the uglier you’re willing to go out in public. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Jay Groskreutz
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Reading Assignments


Montana’s bipartisan redistricting commission has narrowed down the possibilities for congressional maps that would create two U.S. House seats in the state for the first time in 30 years. Commissioners selected nine maps on Tuesday to move forward as part of the once-a-decade process of redrawing the state’s congressional districts, which must be complete before the end of the year. (AP)

You can view each map by clicking HERE.

This week’s poll question asks, “Which congressional map do you prefer?”

Results will be released later this week.


On the opinion page in the Sunday Great Falls Tribune, Cascade County Deputy Jay Groskreutz announced that he is running for Cascade County Sheriff in 2022. He is running as a Republican.

The announcement is behind the Tribune paywall, but you can read the announcement on his Facebook page HERE.

In his announcement, Groskreutz said:

I’m running because the Sheriff’s Office and the county deserve an authentic, effective leader who is committed to making Cascade County safer, and I am that leader. Because of my experience in this county, I know where the Sheriff’s Office needs to improve in its service to our citizens and making our county a safer place for our kids to grow up. We can and should be doing better, especially in addressing the drug problem in our county.

I guess things are not so great in the Cascade County Sheriff’s office.

Earlier this year, the current Sheriff, Jesse Slaughter, switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican party – a move that angered many in the Democratic Party.

Now it appears that Slaughter will have a primary opponent.


My Chiefs lost to the Buffalo Bills 38-20 Sunday night. The game was played in Kansas City on national television. It was embarrassing.

The Chiefs are not hungry. The Bills are hungry. The Bills are probably the best team in the AFC – a spot the Chiefs held for the past two years.

Teams have finally figured out the Chiefs and how to play defense against them. That started with Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl last season. The Chiefs have not adapted and are losing.

The Chiefs (2-3) are in last place in the AFC West. Unless they improve their defense, it is going to be a disappointing season.

Someone needs to tell the Chiefs that there is no “I” in team…


Here are some articles that caught my attention…

Gazette opinion: Open northern border — now (Billings Gazette)
Maybe our governor will invite a bunch of fellow governors to hold a publicity event in Montana at the border…

State epidemiologists say administration’s emergency mask rule spread misinformation (Helena IR)
If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything…

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near (WaPo)
It’s very simple – discharge them…



4 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

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  2. I’m glad to see Groskreutz running. He’s got the necessary experience to do a good job. It was a big mistake to elect somebody from the city PD. County is a completely different kind of law enforcement. And if you try to run it like the city, big problems ensue which I suspect have probably happened.

    Also, what a lot of people don’t understand is that the constitutionalist sheriff movement of which Slaughter is a part is simply a continuation of the Sagebrush Rebellion. They can say otherwise, but their main goal is to get federal lands turned over to the states. Anyone who loves the outdoors knows this would destroy our outdoor heritage here in Montana. That would be the end of it. It would all be privatized faster than you can say Gianshart. Just try finding a place to hunt when that happens.

    This election will show us once and for all just how many MAGA wackdoodles have moved into Cascade County. I’m bettin’ not enough to re-elect a known militia sympathizer and land grabber like Jesse. Anyone who loves public lands better fight like hell to get an “authentic” sheriff elected like Groskreutz.

    • Unfortunately Groskreutz’ announcement doesn’t really say much about what he would do different from Slaughter, except maybe the part about how the programs and task forces currently in place to address the meth problem and its effects on kids aren’t working. I’d like to see some specific ideas on how he proposes to fix those current programs and task forces. Something like, “Task Cascade County Sherriff’s Dept. school resource officers with focusing on drug education rather than right wing political indoctrination”. Or similar.

      But unlike you, Larry, I can easily see Slaughter being re-elected. His hob-nobbing with extremists isn’t widely known. And even if it was, there are plenty of extremist sympathizers in Great Falls who would probably see it as a good thing. Slaughter’s switch from D to R was little more than a calculated political move based on the 2020 election results here in Cascade County and Montana in general. Not to mention he was never really a Dem in the first place.

      • I agree. But we can only hope that those running against Slaughter make sure the voters know exactly where he’s coming from. When he calls BLM a terrorist organization, I have no doubt where he stands.

        “ The Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s and 1980s, followed by the Wise Use movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s, explicitly sought an end to all federal control of public lands and an expansive definition of property rights. They were cheered by tens of thousands of Westerners, along with interest groups like those associated with extractive industries. A large number of politicians — then-President Ronald Reagan called himself a Sagebrush rebel — also joined the chorus.

        But the real root of the “county supremacy” movement that has been explicitly embraced by the CSPOA is the Posse Comitatus, a racist and anti-Semitic group of the 1970s and 1980s that also defined the county sheriff as the highest “legitimate” law enforcement authority in the country. The Posse, whose Latin name translates as “power of the county,” said government officials who “disobey” the Constitution should be taken to a downtown intersection and “hung there by the neck.”

        Because he’s aligned himself with this group, he needs to explain his positions.

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