By making speeches, accepting endorsements and traveling with state Democrats during the final week of the 2014 elections, former Democratic state senator and current Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat may have violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.
In his ruling against researchers from Stanford University and Dartmouth College for controversial mailers regarding the 2014 Montana Supreme Court race, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) Jonathan Motl noted that the project sent twice as many mailers to likely liberal voters as conservative voters.
Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat has taken a large early lead over former Montana Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke in the Montana Supreme Court race, making it appear that, despite large amounts of money spent both sides and a highly partisan tone, the race will not be close.
Election day is finally upon us. From the alleged “Big Sky Buyoff” to the GOP’s war over a small town shrimp feed and open primaries, to a plagiarism scandal that sank a U.S. Senate campaign, toFrom the alleged “Big Sky Buyoff” to the GOP’s war over a small town shrimp feed and open primaries, to a plagiarism scandal that sank a U.S. Senate campaign, to a Montana’s most expensive Supreme Court race in history, it has been an odd and highly unpredictable election cycle in the Treasure State. a Montana’s most expensive Supreme Court race in history, it has been an odd and highly unpredictable election cycle in the Treasure State.
Conrad “Duke” Williams III was the largest individual donor to a Montana Trial Lawyers Association PAC, giving $25,000 as the PAC spent — both directly and indirectly — over $300,000 on the election of Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat.
“Montanans for Liberty and Justice,” (MLJ) a political action committee with direct ties to the Montana Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), disclosed spending in excess of $250,000 for the election of Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat between June 19 and October 18.
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 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).
Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat has a decidedly left-of-center outlook according to scorecards from a number of interest groups. Wheat, a former Democratic state senator from Bozeman, was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court by then-Gov. Brian Schweitzer in 2010. He is currently running for election to a term in his own right against […]