The Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke was flooded with several hundred thousand dollars in outside spending that dwarfed what the candidates’ own campaigns spent.
BOZEMAN — Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, who faced a tide of spending by conservative, pro-business groups trying to defeat him, easily turned away a challenge Tuesday from former state solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke to win another term on Montana’s high court.
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Two weeks before Election Day, at least $730,000 had been spent to influence the Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke. That sum doesn’t count what the candidates themselves spent; it’s money from four outside groups.
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 ma…
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-day series looking at the records of Supreme Court justice candidates Lawrence VanDyke and Justice Mike Wheat.
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.
With two seats on the Supreme Court on the Nov. 4 ballot, Montanans may be wondering how good a job our state’s high court actually does.
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.
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.
HELENA — A nonpartisan race for Montana Supreme Court has taken a distinctly partisan edge, with challenger Lawrence VanDyke trying to cast Justice Mike Wheat as a liberal activist judge as his Republican backers pour tens of thousands of dollars into ads to support that message.
HELENA — A Bozeman woman has asked the Montana Supreme Court to order the state political practices commissioner to investigate a complaint he dismissed that alleged a Supreme Court justice improperly donated money to a Democratic legislator in 2010.
HELENA — Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat points to his years of legal experience as the chief reason to elect him to a full eight-year term on the Montana Supreme Court.
HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke said he’s running for the Montana Supreme Court because he believes his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat, often writes decisions driven by the results he wants to achieve, rather than following the law.
After acknowledging my “impressive” legal background as an honors graduate of Harvard Law School with extensive constitutional and appellate experience – precisely the type of work done by the Montana Supreme Court – The Gazette just couldn't bring itself to endorse me, concluding “it would …
HELENA — A national Republican group began running a TV ad in Montana Tuesday as part of an independent expenditure campaign in support of Lawrence VanDyke, a nonpartisan candidate for the state Supreme Court, and against his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat.
Montana voters will choose two of the seven state supreme court justices in the Nov. 4 election. Incumbent Justice Mike Wheat is running against Lawrence VanDyke. Incumbent Justice Jim Rice is challenged by W. David Herbert.
HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke is back on the ballot for Supreme Court justice, but he starts out at a big disadvantage in campaign fundraising in his race against Justice Mike Wheat.
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court ruled as moot on Wednesday a motion by Lawrence VanDyke to recuse Chief Justice Mike McGrath and Justice Mike Wheat from hearing his appeal of a District Court decision removing him as a justice candidate on the ballot.
HELENA — A state district judge heard arguments Wednesday on whether to remove Lawrence VanDyke from the 2014 ballot as a candidate for Supreme Court in a dispute over his eligibility.