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UPDATED: Dems Make Small Gain in Legislature

As of the time of this posting, with vote counts still coming in, it looks like the make-up of the Montana senate may be 21 Democratic senators to 29 Republicans in the next legislative session.   Democrats and Republicans appear to have won an equal number of the seats up for grabs, but Rs maintained an advantage in holdover senators.

During the 2011 session, there were 28 Republicans and 22 Democrats.

In the House, it looks like Democrats may pick up seven five seats, making that chamber 40 38 Democratic seats to 60 62 Republicans instead of 32-68 like the 2011 session.  This will help Governor-elect Steve Bullock sustain his 2013 vetoes.  UPDATE: As of 8:30 pm Wed evening, Dems have gained seven MT house seats. The Billings Gazette has the story.

All of the results STILL aren’t in yet, so this could change and the Dems could pick up more seats.

Here are a couple of highlights.  I’m sure there more more, please add them in the comments.


  • Democrats Brad Hamlett and Greg Jergeson were successful in winning tough Senate races.
  • Democrat Ed Leiser is leading Tim Baldwin.
  • Tom Jacobson appears to have taken out TEA Partier Cleve Loney.
  • Reilly Neill (D) looks to have taken out Dan Skattum in an ATP targeted race.
  • And in Butte, Ryan Lynch took back Max Yate’s house seat for the Dems.
  • Newcomer Jenny Eck was successfull in keeping her Helena house seat blue.
  • Gary Marbut lost in Missoula.


  • Janna Taylor and Dee Brown will be back in the Senate.
  • Militia-linked Jennifer Fielder is in from Sanders County is now a state senator.
  • Nicholas Schwaderer defeated Christine Johnson for the Superior house seat that was much in the news.
  • Dog killer Roger Webb is leading Wanda Grinde in Billings for the Heights senate seat, but all the votes aren’t yet in.
  • Warburton and Hanson will be back in the house. Though given the recent Frontline expose, she might be subject to a range of penalties, including removal from office, fines, or worse.  The question is whether there is a prosecutor out there who is willing to begin looking into this stuff.
  • Liz Bangerter from Helena and Joanne Blyton from Red Lodge will be back as well.


Isn’t “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness” One of Those Ten Commandment Things Joanne Blyton?

Joanne Blyton, isn't "thou shalt not bear false witness" one of those ten commandment thingies?GOP Candidate Joanne Blyton, of Carbon County, has been caught telling untruths about the voting record of her opponent, State Representative Paul Beck (D-HD 59), during a presentation to a Boyd seniors’ group on August 19, 2010.  According to an August 26, 2010 report in the Carbon County News (online version soon to be posted here when the Carbon County News has a spare moment), Blyton announced that Beck,

“…has consistently voted against Montana’s values.  He voted against Montana Authority (HR3), against Montana Firearms Freedom (HB246), against Protection of Unborn Life (SB46), against Protection of Mothers-to-be (SB327), against Parental Nofification [sic] of abortion (SB374) and voted for Benefits for Domestic Partners (HB590).”

Only one of her claims was actually true. Here’s the deal:

HR3 is the only vote Blyton got right.  It was a House resolution that Paul did indeed vote against.  Which is smart because, as The Flathead Memo reports, it was essentially a piece of crap bill:

that panders to crackpots and zealots who want to lay a legal and political foundation for Montana’s secession from the United States.

Paul did not vote against HB246, the Montana Firearms Freedom Act like Joanne Blyton tried to say, he voted for this bill.  So, yeah, that’s a lie.

As for SB46, SB327, SB374, and HB590, none of these bills made it out of committee–committees that Beck wasn’t even on.

Not only is Joanne Blyton’s credibility shot, reporters and bloggers will now take a close look at her her biography, website, and and other online and public remarks to uncover other  falsehoods.  Her lies insult every Montana citizen who has ever tried to make an informed vote.