The Monday Memo

Here are the topics that caught my attention for this column:

  • Cascade County Clerk & Recorder
  • Tuesday! Tuesday!
  • One More Thing

CASCADE COUNTY CLERK & RECORDER:

The Electric is reporting even more details about the mess happening in the Cascade County Clerk & Recorder’s office in Great Falls.

Several other media sources across the state are now reporting about the chaos, too.

The basic issue is the new Clerk and Recorder, Sandra Merchant, wants to hold poll elections instead of mail elections, claiming there’s a problem since a company that once provided mail services for the election is closed.

It is also important to restate what The Electric reported recently:

Last year, Merchant was associated with a group of people who asked the county to eliminate mail ballots and require all voters to vote in person. They also asked that the county count all ballots by hand and stop using the vote counting machines that have been in use in Cascade County for years.
The group made claims of voter fraud and that the machines could be hacked.

The Electric, which has been on top of this issue from the beginning, is reporting that the Montana Secretary of State’s office has “provided the Cascade County elections office with a list of additional mailing service vendors that may be able to provide assistance, while reminding the county that absentee voters will require their ballots mailed.”

The Electric reports that the majority of Cascade County voters vote absentee, or by mail, and state law requires the election administer to mail ballots to any voter who requested to be placed on the absentee list.

According to several posts on Twitter. there’s a rally planned for Monday (today):

RALLY TO SAVE Cascade County VOTING RIGHTS! Monday, March 20, 2023, at Noon. Courthouse Annex – 325 2nd Avenue North in Great Falls, Montana.

Check out The Electric article HERE which also discusses recall procedures for public officials in Montana.

TUESDAY! TUESDAY!

Reuters and several other sources are reporting that former U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he expects to be arrested on Tuesday as New York prosecutors consider charges over a hush money payment to a porn star and called on his supporters to protest.

Trump posted (in all caps) the following on his Truth Social account:

Page 2: NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE, WHICH HAS ALLOWED NEW RECORDS TO BE SET IN VIOLENT CRIME & WHOSE LEADER IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT, WITH NO CRIME BEING ABLE TO BE PROVEN, & BASED ON AN OLD & FULLY DEBUNKED (BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAIRYTALE, THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) appears to still be in the MAGA camp, and posted the following on Twitter:

.@ManhattanDA should focus on the violent criminals terrorizing New York instead of pursuing politically motivated charges against @realDonaldTrump. Even the @nytimes called it a “risky legal theory.”

Not to be outdone, U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT) had this to say via Twitter:

How is it that New York DA Alvin Bragg consistently reduces charges for violent criminals, yet elevates a misdemeanor charge to a felony that no one else would prosecute?
One word…Trump.
This is what the weaponization of government looks like!

Daines and Rosendale are such ass-kissers.

I am looking forward to Tuesday…

ONE MORE THING:

If throwing Donald Trump in prison starts a second Civil War, we’ll just have to win that one, too. -@MiddleAgeRiot

## HAVE A GREAT WEEK ##

6 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

  1. Not knowing what a MAGA is exactly here. Just wondering if I might be one. How big is that tent? My sister is visiting & is referencing MAGAs alot & and not in a complementary way.

    • I use it to mean Trump supporter.
      I think there are two categories: Those who voted for him once and those who voted for him twice. The two timers are like super-MAGAs. Thanks, JmB

    • IMO MAGA describes the far far right reactionary fringe of conservatism going on fascism, the faithful followers of Brother Don Trump who espouse all his causes and prejudices and make excuses for any crime he commits, who consider themselves terribly downtrodden and discriminated against even though they are part of the big majority race in the country, and generally subscribe to whatever latest phony outrage Fox News has cooked up to distract people and divide them. The article Larry posted does a good job of describing what their idea of Making America Great Again is all about – them in the driver’s seat, with lots of special privileges just due to the accident of being born white and being raised Christian.

      It’s definitely not every Republican or every conservative.

      Gets tossed around far too much, kind of a dismissive blanket epithet, just like dismissively labeling someone a liberal.

      • If someone voted for Trump twice, I would have to question that person’s judgment. 🙂 – JmB

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