Retired Supreme Court Justice Jim Nelson has an excellent guest post up about the presidential race “So What Next,” so I won’t add anything here.
Here’s what I’ll say now about some other races:
Victories for Steve Bullock (he’s up by about 12,000 votes over Gianforte at the time of this post) and Dirk Sandefur are even more important in the glaring light of today’s news.
But it’s frustrating to see the warnings of many come true in the PSC race, where Caron Cooper did poorly, but pulled just enough votes from Pat Noonan to hand Roger Koopman a victory.
The good: MT voters restored responsible access for patients approve I-182 by double-digit margin and MT voted down the ridiculous idea to give McLaughlin research $200 million in state funds because they lost their federal grant (the legislature has also frequently turned this terrible idea down).
The bad: The incredibly stupid fake “victims rights” ballot measure entirely bankrolled by one California billionaire passed. And you know who the losers are here – abused children. As if chronic underfunding of Montana’s child protection network wasn’t bad enough.
The ugly: A common sense measure to make public lands trap-free didn’t pass this time. It is up to all of us to continue to work to ban trapping in Montana.
MT House –
I haven’t yet done an analysis, (Update – Mike Dennison has) but here are some races of note:
Zac Perry-D defeated white supremacist candidate Taylor Rose-R alt right. 52-47
Sovereign citizen brownshirt, 18-year old Chet Billi lost to Dave Fern in Whitefish 56-43
Hill County Dems vice-chair Jacob Bachmeier took out Stephanie Hess -R Havre, roommate of Kris Hansen-R Havre.
Jessica Karjala defeated young Robert Saunders, who’s statements about people of color and on the greater merit of wealthy Americans didn’t help.
And in Livingston, Laurie Bishop (D) has taken out Family Foundation lobbyist Debra Lamm (TEA).
Montana’s legislature now includes Kim Abbott-D Helena. And Mary Ann Dunwell defeated Steve Gibson (again), a testament to her hard work.
TEA Party poster boy Derek Skees is back, after voters in a different district removed him from office after one term.
Montana Senate –
G Bruce Meyers – R was replaced by Frank Smith-D who is a kind, delightful man. Carolyn Pease-Lopez-D was replaced by Jason Small-R.
TEA Partier fast food, anti-labor mogul Terry Gauthier defeated Hal Jacobson-D in Helena.
Margie McDonald D-pulled off a narrow victory in a tough race–and Jen Gross defeated Donna Hutson–both in Billings.
Billings overall did quite well. [Probably worth looking at what happened in Billings that made for the relative successes they saw compared to other areas – well done Magic City.] However, convicted poacher Roger Webb was re-elected, as was his wife. Which brings up another weird phenomena – it appears that in a number of races Republicans, instead of going out and went out and finding new candidates, got their own family members to run. For example:
Matt Regier (Keith Regier)
Austin Knudsen (Casey Knudsen)
Peggy Webb (Roger Webb)
Adam Rosendale (Matt Rosendale)