How Bad Election Laws Could Decide Control of the Senate

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 10:50 am

This year features an usually high number of competitive Senate races that could result in a candidate winning with less than a majority of the vote.

 

Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time

By: Monday June 25, 2012 12:40 pm

In a way, the idea that the Supreme Court would overturn their landmark ruling in the Citizens United case, in just two years’ time, with the same personnel on the Court based on a state Supreme Court holding in Montana, of all places, was pretty fanciful. And the Court did not suprise anyone.

Supreme Court: No HC Ruling, But No Change to Citizens United, Pre-Emption of Most of Arizona Immigration Law, Overturn on Life Sentences for Juveniles

By: Monday June 25, 2012 8:04 am

There will be no ruling on the Affordable Care Act today, per the fine folks at SCOTUSBlog. However, three other consequential rulings did get announced, including important rulings on Arizona’s immigration law and the Montana challenge to Citizens United.

Montana Case Challenges Supreme Court on Citizens United

By: Monday May 21, 2012 12:05 pm

The Supreme Court overturned a number of campaign finance laws in the Citizens United ruling over two years ago. And since that time, we have seen the corrosive power of runaway campaign spending, and who it benefits. In fact, the orgy of spending has become so embarrassing, that it has led some to believe that the Supreme Court may reassess their ruling. A Montana case gives them a chance to do that, or duck for now.

Senate Democrats’ Prospects Appear to Be Modestly Improving

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 10:15 am

Things appear to be looking up for Senate Democrats. While this year will be inherently very tough for Senate Democrats — they have 23 seats to defend compared to the Republicans who have only 10 seats up this year — the Democrats recently received several pieces of good news. Earlier this year there seemed to be a very good chance Republicans could take over the chamber, but recently that has begun to seem a more remote possibility.

Montana Supreme Court Challenges Citizens United, Rules for State Corporate Contribution Limit

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 7:10 pm

So this is interesting. The Montana Supreme Court basically threw down a challenge to the US Supreme Court to revisit the Citizens United decision, by upholding a state law that mandates corporate contribution limits.

Montana Referendum to Overturn New Restrictions on Medical Marijuana Qualifies for 2012 Ballot

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 1:20 pm

The Montana group Patients for Reform – Not Repeal managed to gather enough valid signatures to qualify measure I-124 for the 2012 ballot. The initiative referendum would eliminate extremely strict new restrictions placed on the state’s medical marijuana system this year by the Republican controlled state legislature.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer Calls for States to Move Towards Single Payer

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 7:55 am

Montana’s Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer believes his state should follow Vermont’s lead in progressive health care reform at the state level. He plans to ask the federal government to grant Montana waivers to adopt a better system modeled after the one used in the neighboring Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Forty Days and Forty Nights along the Missouri River

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 9:00 am

In 1804 and 1805, Lewis and Clark made history with their trip up the Missouri River, but it’s the waters coming down the Missouri that will make history in 2011. People along the Missouri are thinking less of Lewis and Clark and more about Noah these days. Water levels in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota are already at record levels, and all that water is pouring downriver. Dams can’t take any more water, and so the flow will only increase for cities and towns downstream.

It’s going to be a long, wet summer along the banks of the Missouri.

When All You Have Left Defending You Is Max Baucus

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 5:20 pm

Virtually every time that Republicans or the Obama Administration talk about working together, they specifically cite the South Korea free trade agreement as a point of covergence. The agreement, modified by Obama’s negotiators last year but substantially similar to the corporate-written agreement originally negotiated under George W. Bush, looks like it’s on a glide path to passage, given that unanimity. In fact, the only person standing in the way is noted grassroots labor organizer Max Baucus.

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