Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – you made it to Friday! Here are some of the topics that caught my eye this week:

  • Voting in Great Falls
  • TikTok Lawsuit
  • Armed Forces Day
  • The Preakness
  • One More Thing

VOTING IN GREAT FALLS:

There’s some good news this morning about the upcoming Great Falls Public Library levy election on June 6.

The Electric is reporting that State District Court Judge Brenda Gilbert is appointing a monitor to oversee the Great Falls Public Library levy election.

The Judge is appointing Lynn Deroche, the county’s former election supervisor, as the monitor. The Judge will also said she will order Cascade County Clerk and Recorder, Sandra Merchant, to cooperate with the monitor.

It has been reported that Deroche has over 16 years of experience working in the elections department. That experience is probably more than all of Merchant and her cronies combined.

The ballots for the library levy have been mailed. I received my ballot yesterday and, as far as I can tell, it was correct.

There’s also some bad news about voting in Cascade County…

People are still discovering issues with the most recent election in Cascade County. The Electric reported this week that a local attorney submitted letters to the Cascade County Commissioners on May 18 asking them not to certify the results of the May 2 special district elections and direct another election to be conducted.

In the report, The Electric says:

Stephen Potts is representing Elliot Merja and Riley Denning, property owners within the Fort Shaw Irrigation District, as well as Timothy and Laurie Miller, property owners within the West Great Falls Flood and Drainage Control District. Both letters detail election irregularities provided by voters in those districts.

You can read the full report HERE.

Additionally, the Election Protection Committee (EPC) sent a four-page letter to the Great Falls Public School Board detailing several issues with the recent school board election. A copy was provided to The Western Word.

The EPC contends:

This letter serves as documentation of the observations from EPC members and the complaints of voters who contacted us through the electionprotection406@gmail.com online account. The list below is a summation of the events from April 17 – May 5, 2023, and while some items may seem mundane, when considered on the whole, the number and extent of these irregularities calls into question whether a fair School election was conducted.

Those issues include voter disenfranchisement, ballot and instruction sheet issues, signature verification irregularities and vote balancing, and inappropriate discussion at the polls.

TIKTOK LAWSUIT:

I know you have heard this cliché before, but before the ink was dry on the bill that was signed into law banning TikTok in Montana, a lawsuit was filed.

If you followed me on Twitter or liked my Facebook page, then you would have been one of the first to see this information.

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that five TikTok content creators have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Montana’s first-in-the-nation ban on the video sharing app, arguing the law is an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights.

I’m not a betting man, but I think they will win, and Montana will be the “first state” to have its TikTok ban overturned. The Republican legislators, the attorney general, and the governor are looking like idiots through all this.

Read the whole AP report HERE.

ARMED FORCES DAY:

Don’t forget that this Saturday (May 20) is Armed Forces Day.

The Department of Defense says that President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

Armed Forces Days is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States armed forces.

If you know an active duty, National Guard, or Reserve member, tell them thanks for serving.

THE PREAKNESS:

The second leg of horseracing’s “Triple Crown” is this Saturday with the running of the Preakness Stakes.

The good news is that Kentucky Derby winner Mage is scheduled to compete.

The official post time for the Preakness Stakes is 6:50 p.m. (Eastern Time). NBC will televise the race.

More information can be found HERE.

ONE MORE THING:

Garden Store Sign:

Spring is here at last, I’m so excited I wet my plants…

## HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND ##

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3 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Not so sure the news about the judge agreeing Cascade County needs an election monitor is really good news. IMO it is sad and embarrassing news.

    Bad enough the state we live in has become a national laughingstock because of its extremist right politics, now our county has become the laughingstock of the state for essentially the same reasons.

    No one used to question our elections. Now no one trusts them.

  2. Off topic for today, but very much on topic for our recently concluded legislative session. It’s terribly depressing to see the slate of hate bills being passed throughout the country. Therefore, it’s wonderful to know that there are Christian ministers out there fighting back. It gives me great hope and joy to see that some of them are starting to call out the MAGA Christians for what they are. Hate in the name of Jesus is a most egregious sin.

    Excellent article.

    https://news.yahoo.com/legislators-arent-quest-kansas-more-103054116.html

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