Citizens Opposing Political Corruption
in Montana's Elections
People's Power League
Fighting Corporate Control of Montana Government
Since June 11, 1911
For 102 years, Montana voters have nominated candidates in an open primary starting with U.S. senator and representatives, governor and other state officials, continuing down the ballot to local officials. The record on the open presidential preference primary has been a tug-of-war with voters winning until now. There lies the story.
In order to find this view of history believable, you'll want names and references. The report includes many citations so you can read even more. You'll also want to check the facts to see if you come to the same conclusions. I'll try to keep the story crisp and interesting with direct quotes. The focus is the open primary which leaves out many important considerations. Even so, it's a long story -- interwoven with 102 years of political history in Montana.
Each year of the timeline has a link directly to material that may catch your interest more than others. But, the best thing is the conclusion. History may be cycling again and Matthew Monforton may be about to realize what a mistake the Conservative Republicans are making.
"No stream can rise higher than its source and the law proceeds
from the people, consequently there is no such thing as law that
stands independent of popular opinion, and for the legislatures and
courts to...divorce the law from reason,...would be fatal to the law
and destructive to the country."
Billings Daily Gazette (April 1910)
Let's compare the results in the primary election for Senate District 43, Ravalli County, to the results in the general election. Seven percent of the voters who selected a Republican ballot in the primary may have voted for the Democrat in the general election. Or, there is another, equally valid, interpretation. The Ravalli County Democrats may have done a better job in getting an additional seven percent of their voters to the polls.