The Monday Memo

Hello April – you beautiful thing!

Here are a few topics that caught my attention:

  • Voting in Cascade County
  • Malmstrom AFB & Drag Story Time
  • Trump Indicted
  • One More Thing


In case you missed it, the Board of Cascade County Commissioners held a special meeting to hear an “Election Process Presentation” by Sandra Merchant, Cascade County Clerk and Recorder on Friday.

According to several reports and comments, Merchant basically crashed and burned when giving the presentation. Her fellow MAGA county commissioner, Commissioner Rae Grulkowski, who chaired the event, would not allow several questions to be answered, saying the questions “weren’t relevant to the presentation.”

The Electric reported that the questions dealing with the following issues were not allowed to be answered:

“Those questions included the cost of a poll election versus mail ballot election, the public test of the tabulating machine, the rationale for a poll election when an estimated 80-87 percent of voters in Cascade County are absentee, whether Merchant believes in mail ballots, the process of removing an elected official, why a private citizen was allowed in a training session from the vote tabulator machine vendor and the process to clean voter rolls.”

With Grulkowski blocking the questions for Merchant, we now know without a doubt that Merchant is not even remotely qualified to hold this office. Grulkowski is not qualified to be a county commissioner, either.

For those of you who voted for this unqualified MAGA person (Merchant) and voted for another MAGA person, Grulkowski for County Commissioner, you have created doubt in the election process in Cascade County. They are dumb and dumber.

The Electric also reported that Merchant said at the beginning of the meeting, that she was nervous and “public speaking is not at the top of my list of favorite things to do.”

I hope she understands that her being Clerk and Recorder is not one of our favorite things, either.

The folks in Cascade County need to stop voting straight party line and start voting for the person who is best qualified to do the job.

You can check out the different reporting about this issue by clicking on the name of the organization: The Electric. Daily Montanan. Lee Newspapers. MTN News.


Here is another update to the reports about Malmstrom AFB hosting a Drag Story Time and a Drag Show, on June 30, 2021, that last week bothered U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT).

Daines and Rosendale, along with U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT), decided they could get a little publicity out of the issue, so they wrote a letter to the Secretary of Defense in which they asked several questions about the Drag Story Time and a Drag Show held at Malmstrom AFB near Great Falls almost two years ago.

Of course, the letter also went to the media because that is what politicians do to get publicity.

KFBB (ABC/Fox NonStop Local) in Great Falls received the letter and instead of just reporting about the fake outrage from Daines, Rosendale, and Zinke, they did some investigating themselves.

First ABC/Fox reported:

“The drag queen story hour was held in 2021 and put on by the newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Council (D&I Council), a group comprised of Airmen from a variety of different backgrounds.
In an article about the D&I Council on MAFB’s offical website, Air Force Global Strike Command’s commander at the time, General Anthony Cotton, said “This team is exactly what we are looking for… It is a diverse and unified team that is having crucial conversations about diversity and inclusion. I just wanted to say thank you for representing Strikers.”
Julie Yard with the Mister Sisters reached out to NonStop Local, saying that the event was done free of charge.”

ABC/Fox in Great Falls did the work for Daines, Rosendale, and Zinke and contacted the Pentagon. Here is the statement from the Pentagon:

“Private organizations on military bases are able to host voluntary events to celebrate monthly observances or cultural events if approved by the local installation commander.
These events are not government funded and attendance by service members or their families is strictly voluntary.”

They also reported that since the event in 2021, “there have been LGBTQ+ in the Military panels, Drag Trivia, coffee talks, festivals, and several other pride events all hosted on MAFB.”

That last paragraph might send Daines, Rosendale, and Zinke over the freaking edge.

Read the complete report from ABC/Fox NonStop Local HERE.


From several reports, including the Associated Press (AP):

“Former President Donald Trump was planning to leave Florida for New York on Monday for his expected booking and arraignment the following day on charges stemming from hush money payments during his 2016 campaign — answering for a criminal case unlike any his country has seen.”

There are also reports that Trump will give a speech Tuesday night.

The booking photo will be a great fundraiser for Trump.

The AP says Trump is facing multiple charges of falsifying business records, including at least one felony offense, in the indictment handed down by a Manhattan grand jury, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Friday.

It would be funny if the Judge places a gag order on the parties involved, and to see if Trump would abide by it.

Read the complete AP report HERE.


I saw THIS on the internet and wanted to share it

Never in recorded history has a four-year-old found his father’s loaded book and accidentally killed his younger sister.

But we ban books.



2 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

  1. Sounds like even with a whole extra week to prepare for her presentation, Merchant came up woefully short. Couldn’t even answer simple questions about how many absentee and poll voters she has on the rolls, anything at all about costs of not being able to run mail-only elections, or how many election judges she was going to need for these poll elections she’s made necessary.

    Did manage to add a new excuse to her litany of excuses for why she can’t do her job: Inability to operate/query the state’s election software system. Add to previously cited IPS going out of business, rookie/unqualified staff with no clue what they are doing, understaffed, redistricting coming up several months from now, and the dog ate it.

    And just two short weeks before the first absentee ballots are supposed to start going out. Not a real warm fuzzy feeling for a smooth trouble free election.

    Last Fall we had just a handful of Trumper nutjobs worried about election integrity in Cascade County. Now just four short months later we have the entire county, political entities who need elections run as well as voters, confused and/or concerned. A good portion of the rest of the state is shaking its head over this too. That’s some great progress on elections confidence right there.

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