Art Wittich http://mtpr.org en Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal http://mtpr.org/post/clean-campaigns-clean-platform-and-clean-coal <p></p><p>This week in Montana politics:</p><p>The A.P. reported that <a href="http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/08/lawmakers-attempt-toss-dark-money-complaint-rejected/12375811/">District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints</a> filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:42:08 +0000 Josh Burnham 21840 at http://mtpr.org Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal Closed primaries, V.A. craziness and campaign chicanery http://mtpr.org/post/closed-primaries-va-craziness-and-campaign-chicanery <p>Over the weekend, Montana Republicans held their platform convention in Billings.&nbsp; <a href="http://missoulian.com/news/local/montana-republican-delegates-support-closed-primaries-runoff-elections/article_405cacda-f99d-11e3-80eb-001a4bcf887a.html">Chuck Johnson of Lee Newspapers reports</a> that Republicans, "Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections. . . called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them."&nbsp; Delegates also supported a resolution to turn over federal public lands to the state.<br /> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:53:44 +0000 Josh Burnham 21175 at http://mtpr.org Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC http://mtpr.org/post/moderate-republicans-touting-virtues-light-money-pac <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of moderate Republicans who denounce anonymous campaign spending in elections say <a href="http://montanabase.com/" target="_blank">their Political Action Committee, </a>or PAC, plays by the rules.</span></p><p>PACs have been the source of so-called dark money over the last few elections cycles, and a lot of that spending in Montana has been aimed at helping more conservative Republicans win primary campaigns.</p><p>The moderates say this time they’re fighting back--in a transparent way.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:28:07 +0000 Dan Boyce 15829 at http://mtpr.org Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election http://mtpr.org/post/republican-divide-widening-ahead-mt-primary-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Montana moves toward the June primary elections, a deep divide still exists between elements of the state legislature’s Republican caucus.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:43:21 +0000 Dan Boyce 15538 at http://mtpr.org Republican divide widening ahead of MT primary election