Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time

By: Monday June 25, 2012 9:58 am

In a way, the idea that the Supreme Court would overturn their landmark ruling in the Citizens United case, in just two years’ time, with the same personnel on the Court based on a state Supreme Court holding in Montana, of all places, was pretty fanciful. And the Court did not surprise anyone. They quickly [...]

Supreme Court: No HC Ruling, But No Change to Citizens United, Pre-Emption of Most of Arizona Immigration Law, Overturn on Life Sentences for Juveniles

By: Monday June 25, 2012 7:56 am

There will be no ruling on the Affordable Care Act today, per the fine folks at SCOTUSBlog. However, three other consequential rulings did get announced. First, there’s the case of American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. This was the Montana attempt to effectively overturn Citizens United and re-establish limits on corporate participation in political campaigns. The [...]

Montana Case Challenges Supreme Court on Citizens United

By: Monday May 21, 2012 9:39 am

The Supreme Court overturned a number of campaign finance laws in the Citizens United ruling over two years ago. And since that time, we have seen the corrosive power of runaway campaign spending, and who it benefits. In fact, the orgy of spending has become so embarrassing, that it has led some to believe that [...]

Supreme Court Stays Montana Corporate Campaign Spending Ban

By: Monday February 20, 2012 8:15 am

On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a stay on a Montana case that would have banned direct corporate contributions to political campaigns and parties. The Montana Supreme Court ruling, issued back in January, cited Montana’s history with corporate influence in government to argue that “the corporate power that can be exerted with unlimited political spending [...]

Montana Supreme Court Challenges Citizens United, Rules for State Corporate Contribution Limit

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 1:36 pm

So this is interesting. The Montana Supreme Court basically threw down a challenge to the US Supreme Court to revisit the Citizens United decision, by upholding a state law that mandates corporate contribution limits. Montana voters in 1912 passed an initiative barring direct corporate contributions to political candidates and parties — a law that, like [...]

When All You Have Left Defending You Is Max Baucus

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 11:05 am

Virtually every time that Republicans or the Obama Administration talk about working together, they specifically cite the South Korea free trade agreement as a point of covergence. The agreement, modified by Obama’s negotiators last year but substantially similar to the corporate-written agreement originally negotiated under George W. Bush, looks like it’s on a glide path [...]

Brian Schweitzer Seeks Waiver To Import Drugs To Montana From Canada

By: Wednesday March 31, 2010 12:37 pm

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has always been right at the forefront of the drug re-importation debate. In previous runs for Governor he highlighted the issue by actually busing senior citizens into Canada to purchase cheaper pills. A few weeks ago, Schweitzer sent a letter to the HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, calling for a waiver to [...]

On “Special Deals”

By: Friday March 19, 2010 11:10 am

I don’t care where you are on the health care bill, you need to take sight of this. The Republican Party, as part of their long-term project to delegitimize normal government functions and processes, has now defined “special deal” as anything which affects the residents of a state or region disproportionately. Apparently every piece of [...]

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