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GUEST POST: Cascade Co. Attorney Sets Record Straight After “Ludicrous” Innuendo, Lies in Supreme Court Race

by John W. Parker

John W. Parker is the Cascade County Attorney.  He previously served as Chairman of the Law and Justice Interim Committee in the Montana Legislature.

I have spent my entire legal career as a prosecutor.  Judge Dirk Sandefur presided over many of my most significant cases.  He possesses a brilliant legal mind and a work ethic no one can match.  Now unscrupulous political operatives

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Bill Galt calling Montana stream access law thievery - from Anthony Bourdain May 2016 special on Montana.

GUEST POST: Juras is Biggest Threat to Stream Access Since Her Uncle, Jack Galt Challenged It in the 80s

by Matt Tourtlotte

Matt is a Montana sportsman who has served on the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission as the Region 5 Commissioner since 2013

Montana’s stream access laws are among the most valuable treasures possessed by the citizens of Montana and the millions of people who visit our state each year. For over a quarter century, our State’s stream access laws have been under attack by

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National Republican Party Bankrolls False Attack Ads in MT Judicial Race

The lies about Judge Sandefur’s record are funded by the Republican State Leadership Committee, which is spending big money to elect a Montana Supreme Court candidate with no judicial experience and so little local support she hasn’t even been able to raise $40,000 for her own campaign. KXLH…

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FACT CHECK: Supreme Court Smear Machine Uses Fear and Lies to Distract from Juras’ Inexperience

The choice between Dirk Sandefur and Kristen Juras for the Montana Supreme Court race couldn’t be an easier one: Dirk Sandefur is well-qualified.  He’s a 3-term State District Judge in one of Montana’s busiest and most populous districts –and before that he was a prosecutor and a police officer.  He’s got decades of experience Kristen Juras just does not have. He’s been endorsed by 50 Montana judges, she zero. 

Since Juras can’t run on experience, enter the same dark money group set up to flood the last three Supreme Court elections with misinformation and deceit.

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A screenshot from the video Kristin Juras created in which she, I kid you not, sings a song she wrote about getting owned by the  university paper, the Montana Kaimin.

Candidate offended by “positions other than missionary”

The Cowgirl Blog recently described Kristin Juras’s 2009 activism against a harmless sex column that used to run in the college newspaper at the University of Montana.  Juras is a right-wing social conservative running for state Supreme Court. Now a big flap is underway, because…

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Kristen Juras song about censoring the student paper

GUEST POST: Juras Has a Record of Selling Out Montanans

by John Heenan

John Heenan is an alumni of the University of Montana (undergrad and law school) and practices consumer protection law in Billings.  He is the Director of Montanans for Experienced Judges, a group of Montana attorneys concerned about the influence of corporations and out-of-state special interest groups in our Montana judicial elections.  www.facebook.com/MontanansforExperiencedJudges 

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GUEST POST: Casper

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT

It’s a time of jarring incongruity. Outdoors, trees shiver in the crisp air, baring their branches of copper and gold. Frost silvers stubbly fields under a harvest moon. Everything is beautiful with dying.

Indoors, vitriol and inanity drip from the airwaves as journalists breathlessly report the latest in the limbo contests that now pass for…

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GUEST POST: Retired Supreme Court Justices Endorse Sandefur

The undersigned urge that District Judge Dirk Sandefur be elected as a Justice to Montana’s Supreme Court.  He has the temperament and the broadest professional background of any candidate for the Supreme Court—including the skills that are indispensable for analyzing and deciding all civil and…

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GUEST POST: Courts Owe Common Sense on Cannabis Deadline

by Evan Barrett, who lives on the Butte Hill, recently retired after 47 years at the top level of Montana government, politics, economic development and education. My columns try to call for a common sense perspective in our government and politics.  While I approach things…

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