Posts tagged: Montana

Apr 03 2013

Another Top-Two Primary Bill Introduced in Montana; Bill Makes Progress

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 28, a new bill to create a top-two primary for Montana was introduced. SB 408, though not a proposed state constitutional amendment, would ask the voters if they wish to pass the measure. Because it goes to the voters, it does not need to be signed by the Governor. If it passes, it will be on the 2014 ballot.

On April 2, SB 408 passed the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee by a Read more »

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Mar 16 2013

Region 1 Report to LNC

Source: Independent Political Report

Region 1 Report

Submitted by Norm Olsen
March 10, 2013

This report is submitted to the national office on March 10, 2013 as required for inclusion in the meeting information binders distributed at Libertarian National Committee meetings. Errors, omissions, and/or additional reports received prior to the Read more »

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Mar 13 2013

Legislative Hearings Set for Two Bills that Ease Ballot Access

Source: Ballot Access News

The Montana Senate State Administration Committee will hear HB 120 on Monday, March 18. It eases the petition deadline for non-presidential independents from March to May, and also permits independent presidential and vice-presidential candidates to get on the November ballot even if they had had some involvement with a political party during the preceding year. Read more »

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Feb 24 2013

Link to Video of Montana Testimony on Top-Two Primary Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

Here is a link to either audio or video of the testimony for and against the Montana top-two primary bill, HB 436. It lasts approximately 30 minutes. Thanks to Mike Fellows for the link. As has previously been reported, the bill was defeated by the House State Administration Committee a few days after the hearing.

Click here to read Ballot Access News comments on this article

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Feb 21 2013

Montana Top-Two Bill Loses in Committee

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 21, the Montana House State Administration Committee tabled HB 436, which would have set up a top-two primary system in that state. Thanks to James Conner for this news. The vote was 16-3. UPDATE: see this story. Thanks to Mike Fellows for that link.

Click here to read Ballot Access News comments on this article

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Feb 20 2013

Dan Cox won more than margin in high-profile 3-way Montana U.S. Senate race

Source: Libertarian Party (LP.org)

Part of a series highlighting significant stories from the 2012 election

With the balance of power in the Senate at stake, the 2012 Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Montana spent an average of $41.61 per vote — one of the highest of any federal race in the country.

Libertarian Dan Cox found himself in the crossfire of the hotly contested campaign, Read more »

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Feb 19 2013

Montana Top-Two Bill Heard in Committee, Draws Little Public Support

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 19, the Montana House State Administration Committee heard HB 436, which would establish a top-two system for all partisan office except President. No one testified for it except a state legislator. Four Libertarians testified against the bill, as did the Secretary of State.

In Montana, committees do not vote on bills at the hearing; there will probably be a Read more »

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Feb 15 2013

Montana Top-Two Bill to be Heard in Committee on Tuesday, February 19

Source: Ballot Access News

The Montana House State Administration Committee will hear HB 436 on Tuesday, February 19, at 8 a.m. This is the bill to establish a top-two primary system for all partisan office except President. It is unfortunate that Montana’s legislature has hearings that early in the morning, because Montana is physically a very large state, and sometimes has bad driving conditions in the winter, and it is very difficult for persons who live Read more »

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Feb 14 2013

Leading Montana Political Blog “Montana Cowgirl” Blasts Montana Top-Two Open Primary Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 13, Montana Cowgirl blog posted this article about HB 436, the Montana bill to convert elections to a top-two open primary system. Montana Cowgirl is well-known, leans to Democrats, and is run by an anonymous individual or group. The article takes the tack that the Montana bill exists to keep Libertarian Party candidates off the November ballot. Read more »

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Feb 12 2013

Montana Bill to Greatly Improve Independent Candidate Petition Deadline

Source: Ballot Access News

Montana Representative Nicholas Schwaderer (R-Mineral) has introduced HB 397, to move the non-presidential independent candidate petition deadline to mid-July. The current March deadline was held unconstitutional last year. The Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill, which has already passed the House, moves that deadline from March to late May, which is still too early by court precedents. The Secretary of State Read more »

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