Montana is a small state, for population. It ranks 44th for population compared to N.H.'s 42nd status (The World Almanac). It has just under a million people, while N.H. is closer to 1.5 million. However, 75 percent of Montanans have seen the light about Citizens United case and its effect on our elections, and are in league with 15 states that have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment as worked for by their Senators Baucus and Tester.
Wrote Sen. Max Baucus (Dem.) in January this year, third anniversary of the Citizens United decision:
"I introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision and restore Montana's right to regulate corporate and labor spending in our elections. I will introduce that constitutional amendment once again in the new Congress — and again and again in every Congress until our elections are back in the hands of the people, where they belong.
"This past election cycle brought unprecedented amounts of special interest money into Montana, and plenty of ugliness with it. But Montanans also took democracy into their owns hands with a ballot initiative and won an important victory in the fight to restore the people's voice in our democracy. Nearly 75 percent of Montanans supported a ballot initiative in favor of a constitutional amendment targeting the problems caused by Citizens United. Once again, the people of Montana rose up to say, 'We are not for sale'."
Montana's two senators are Democrats, and one representative is Republican, to give Bob Meade fodder upon which to chew. He enjoys it all to be partisan.
I thought about Bob this a.m. as I walked my dogs and picked up roadside litter. The most popular beer with trashers is Bud Lite, with Keystone Lite a close second. Most thrown-out-the-window cigarette brand is Marlboro. I can just hear Bob Meade claiming (to counter Lynn Rudmin Chong) that Keystone Lite is the more popular. He might put in a plug for Lucky Strikes, too, though my sack of trash hasn't included any of that brand. He will also remind readers that I am a teacher — ominously.
How about this for ominous? All New England states but New Hampshire, at this time, have called for a constitutional amendment as described above, aiming for transparency in spending and spenders, aimed at returning elections to the people.
Lynn Rudmin Chong