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Reporter, Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Reporter for the Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

Montana Supreme Court candidate VanDyke says appeals are focus

missoulian.com — HELENA - Montana Supreme Court justice candidate Lawrence VanDyke has worked as a lawyer for a giant international law firm and Republican attorneys general in Texas and Montana, focusing on appellate law - experience he says makes him a good choice to serve on Montana's high court, whose main job is reviewing appeals.

Last-minute attack mailers in Montana races produce complaints

missoulian.com — HELENA - A last-minute flurry of attack mailers targeting Montana legislative candidates is prompting some formal complaints - and Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl ruled Thursday that the state Democratic Party may have violated the law on a flier in a Great Falls race.

Justice Wheat’s record under attack; what’s actually in the record?

missoulian.com — HELENA - From high-profile criminal cases to multimillion-dollar business decisions, Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat has ruled many ways on some of Montana's biggest cases since joining the court in 2010. Yet in his re-election race, his opponent - Lawrence VanDyke - and pro-business groups are blasting Wheat as a "liberal" judge who favors plaintiffs' attorneys, environmentalists and criminal defendants.

Mailer on Montana Supreme Court unethical, academics say

missoulian.com — HELENA - The Stanford-Dartmouth political science study that produced last week's controversial mailer listing the alleged political leanings of Montana Supreme Court justice candidates is raising eyebrows among academics, some of whom are calling it unethical. Research on voter behavior and its influences is standard practice for political scientists, they say.

National money flows into Montana Supreme Court race

missoulian.com — HELENA - Outside money has been pouring in to influence Montana's Supreme Court race between Justice Mike Wheat and challenger Lawrence VanDyke - and political observers say Montanans might as well get used to it.

Bozeman, north-central Montana races for Legislature are most expensive

missoulian.com — HELENA - State Senate races in Bozeman and north-central Montana are the most expensive legislative contests in Montana, with candidates raising a collective $70,000 in each race, finance records show. Races in Helena, Missoula and Billings also are among the top-dollar races for legislative seats statewide, as Democrats and Republicans try to pick up seats in their battle for party control of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

AFP launches ads against Montana Supreme Court candidate Wheat

missoulian.com — HELENA - A conservative political group launched TV and radio ads attacking Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat on Thursday, becoming the fourth outside group spending to influence the outcome of the campaign between Wheat and his challenger, former state solicitor Lawrence VanDyke.

Natural resources, agriculture focus of Curtis, Daines debate in Sidney

missoulian.com — SIDNEY - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, debating Democratic rival Amanda Curtis on Tuesday night in the heart of eastern Montana's oil patch, accused her of helping to kill a $35 million bill to fund public works in Montana communities overwhelmed by oil development.

Curtis ‘amused’ by GOP accusations of her ‘communist connections’ because of IWW sympathies

missoulian.com — HELENA - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis doesn't deny her sympathies for an obscure union with a radical past - the Industrial Workers of the World - and said she's "amused" that the state Republican Party is labeling her a "communist" because of it.

2014 Legislative races: Democrats hope to narrow gap against GOP

missoulian.com — HELENA - In western Montana's sprawling House District 92, Democratic candidate Dave Strohmaier says he's knocked on doors from East Missoula to Condon, halfway up the Seeley-Swan Valley. "I've run into people in Condon and Seeley Lake who say I'm the first candidate they've seen on their door in 30 years," he said last week.
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Oct 24, 2014

Sen. Tester also asking fed, state authorities to investigate whether Stanford/Dartmouth research project violates the law. #mtpol

Oct 24, 2014

MT Sen. Tester sends letter to prez of Stanford, Dartmouth, asking disclosure of $ beind flier that "manipulates" MT Supco race. #mtpol

Oct 23, 2014

AFP-Montana places TV ad accusing Supco Justice Mike Wheat of "extreme politics." Latest salvo in Wheat-VanDyke Supco race. #mtpol #mtnews

Oct 23, 2014

Another outside group spending on MT Supreme Court race; that makes four. Americans for Prosperity joins the fray today. #mtpol #mtnews

Oct 21, 2014

RT @larry_kurtz: Subsidized essential air service? @mikedennison @Ilikewoods. Got that right. $104 round-trip, Billings-Sidney. #mtpol

Oct 21, 2014

RT @Ilikewoods: @mikedennison. Big oil? Uh ... no. Cape Air is a commercial airline, supported by EAS. I paid for my ticket. #MTPOL #MTSEN

Oct 21, 2014

Map of Northern B-cast stations in MT here: bit.ly/1vJ33wU. Check nearest you to see if carrying #mtsen from Sidney tonite. #mtpol

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