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  • Op-ed: Montana Supreme Court is Wrong on Legislative Rules

    Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick - R, Senate Majority Leader.|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    As a practicing lawyer, I am often reluctant to criticize decisions made by a court. However, last week, the Montana Supreme Court rendered a decision involving legislative rules which is absolutely stunning. One of the basic principles of our system of government is the separation of powers. Under our constitution, there are three separate and equal branches, each with their own duties and responsibilities. As a fundamental principle, each branch is charged with running and...

  • Op-Ed: We Do Not Need Anti-Democratic Primary Systems in Montana

    Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick - R, SD 10 - Great Falls|Updated Sep 7, 2022

    Several days ago, Marc Racicot and Bob Brown published an editorial arguing Montana should adopt a top-two or a top-four primary election system. While both of these gentleman have cloaked their arguments in favor of these primary systems as methods of saving our "democracy", the truth is these primary election systems are fundamentally anti-democratic and wrong for Montana. In a top-two primary system, the top two finishers, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the...