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The Juras Campaign’s Barefaced Embrace

Some Montana voters and politicos pretty much ignore the Montana Supreme Court non-partisan judicial races until the very last minute, when they ask their favorite lawyer how to vote.  2016 Montana Supreme Court Candidate Kristin Juras may be betting on this trend. Anyone who is…

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GUEST POST: Hokey Pokey

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT Ah, the irony. Before the self-proclaimed “originalist,” Justice Antonin Scalia, had even been entombed, Senate Republicans were changing the Constitution’s clear directive to the President to appoint Scalia’s replacement –…

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Laurie McKinnon

Media, Financial Moguls funded Illegal Campaign Group

List includes a handful of wealthy out-of-state landowners with interest in Supreme Court litigation If you smell a stench, it’s probably from the breaking news today that the names of the donors to the Montana Growth Network–a dark money group that spent $878,000 to elect…

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GUEST POST: Nuts to Silence

By Jonathan Hutson Joni Mitchell sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” When it comes to free speech, I know what I’ve got, but I am concerned that I may soon be silenced. And if…

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GUEST POST: It’s time to let Barry Beach go home

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT “An injustice to him. An outrage to all.” So reads the mission statement of Montanans for Justice, one of many groups that have been advocating for the exoneration of Barry…

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Helena Judge Outraged Over Plan for Confederate Fountain Has History of Off-Color, Racially Charged Remarks

It turns out that the angry Helena Justice of the Peace who claimed the main reason for the Civil War was not slavery but banks (and that’s not all) has a history of making off color and racially charged remarks.

A look at the public Facebook page of Justice of the Peace Mike Swingley, who “Lashed Out at City Commissioners Over the Confederate Monument Debate” reveal the following:

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Dirk Sandefur

Sandefur Raises Three Times More Than Supreme Court Opponent

State District Judge Dirk Sandefur of Great Falls continues to build a strong, statewide network of broad-based, grass roots support for his campaign for 2016 election to the Montana Supreme Court. In his most recent campaign finance report filed on July 5th, Judge Sandefur reported…

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Guest Post: The Threat of Federal Regulatory Preemption Another Provocative Nugget Of Food For Thought:

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  (Fourth in a series of four.) When we talk about,…

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Pro-Censorship Prof Under Fire for Paid Corporate Study to Run for Supreme Court

A right-wing law professor from the University of Montana who has made a name for herself by demanding censorship of the student paper has announced her candidacy for Montana Supreme Court.   The Bozeman Chronicle’s Troy Carter first reported that Kristin Juras was planning a run on Twitter yesterday.  Juras told the Chronicle she was running after Carter uncovered that she had registered a website “JurasforJustice.com” in April.

In 2009, Juras called for censorship of the University of Montana’s student paper, the Montana Kaimen, because a student had written about sex.  Juras was, and perhaps still is, advisor to a student group called the “Christian Legal Society.”  The Flathead Beacon reported at the time.

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Judge Huss is involved in a very strange legal battle.

MT Judge Wants Taxpayers to Pay His Massive Sexual Harassment Settlement

First there was Judge Richard Cebull, who got caught sending hundreds of racist emails.  Then there was Judge G. Todd Baugh, who gave a former high school teacher only a 30-day jail sentence for raping a 14-year-old student, saying the man’s victim seemed older than her age. Now, there…

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VanDyke Leaves State to work for Right-Wing Nevada AG

I guess TEA Party former Supreme Court candidate Lawrence VanDyke really didn’t want to gain any more legal experience in Montana after all.  He’s resurfaced in Nevada working for the right-wing attorney general in that state. Nevada news outlets are reporting today on the move–and…

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