Howie Rich funded initiatives tossed out by state’s highest court

Yesterday the Montana Supreme Court upheld Judge Sandefur’s ruling that Howie Rich’s terrible trio of initiatives are invalid:

“If the initiative process is to remain viable and retain its integrity, those invoking it must comply with the laws passed by our Legislature,” Justice Patricia Cotter wrote for the court. “We can neither excuse nor overlook violations of these laws, for to do so here would confer free reign for others to do so in other matters.”

Jaime has the blow-by-blow account.

Trevis Butcher, of course, will have none of this. His response? A threat against the justices who decided against him:

“I’m sure many Montanans who were already concerned that we have corruption and problems within our state government certainly will feel that this is just another example of the need for reforms,” he said.

You might remember that one of Butcher’s initiatives was intended to make judicial recall laughably easy.

I take away the opposite conclusion from this decision that Butcher did. The system worked. The courts protected the state from a fraudulent, out-of-state big-money operation from buying its slate of social engineering experiments onto our ballot.

Posted by touchstone

  1. anon

    What does this have to do with social engineering? Perhaps you should rethink your rhetoric.

  2. I generally consider any attempt to radically alter the nature of government to fulfill some ideological experiment as “social engineering.” That is, using law to radically change society. These initiatives fit that definition to a “T.”

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