Last week’s controversial “research mailers” from Stanford University and Dartmouth College political scientists seeking to inform voters of the ideological positions of Montana Supreme Court candidates were based on data from Stanford’s Database on Ideology, Money, and Elections (DIME).
Montana Recent Headlines
A study from the non-partisan National Bureau of Economic Research and published by the Brookings Institution found that Montana experienced the largest percentage increase on non-group health insurance premiums of any state in 2014 thanks to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
An error by the Butte-Silver Bow Clerk and Recorder’s Office led to 21 voters being listed in the wrong precinct, which caused 8 voters to be mailed the wrong absentee ballot earlier this month.
A small and somewhat mysterious liberal organization called the Montana Sportsmen Alliance (MSA) is once again making its presence known — mainly in support of Democrats — in the 2014 election cycle, as debates over federal land management have become a major campaign issue.
A recent report on Montana carbon emissions from an environmentalist group laments the fact that Montana emits as much carbon dioxide as the country of Mongolia, a country where one-third of its residents did not have access to electricity as of 2009.
With Election Day less than a month away Montana’s far-left is organizing in an effort to defeat LR 126; the voter ballot initiative which seeks to eliminate the state’s election-day registration practices.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) sent a letter to the Montana Democratic Party, notifying the party of potential violations on its July campaign finance report and requesting more information.
Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Andrea Marcoccio took to Twitter during Saturday’s U.S. House debate to slam Republican candidate Ryan Zinke for stating that his “greatest accomplishment” was marrying his wife.
Montana Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis is continuing to distance himself from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on the campaign trail, emphasizing in a recent Lee Newspapers article and at this week’s U.S. House debate in Billings that he had no part as a senate staffer in writing or crafting the controversial legislation.
Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat — who is currently running for re-election — received the lowest “business score” of any Supreme Court justice for the years 2012 and 2013 according to the Montana Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 “Judicial Review,” and has also received a “D” grade from the National Rifle Associations’ Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF).