One more election follow up:
Lawrence VanDyke, the Montana Solicitor General who opposed Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat in last month’s election, has left the state and resurfaced as the new Nevada Solicitor General.
You’ll recall that VanDyke, who has little courtroom experience, none in Montana, was supported by massive donations from out of state corporate interests in his bid to unseat Wheat.
While most of the press on these donations has focused on VanDyke’s affiliation with the Alliance for Defending Freedom and its religious right agenda, readers of this blog were also concerned that his funders included a number of energy firms.
It’s no coincidence that Nevada is working its way through the regulatory process for fracking.
The Montana Supreme Court stands as a steward of the environment, and it is critical to retain judges who will not serve a political agenda. Since Citizens United, corporate influence is the new normal for Supreme Court elections. Montana voters should congratulate themselves that they made the right choice to protect the State’s water, air and way of life.
Lawrence VanDyke is now Nevada’s problem.
Three things you can do personally to support responsible oil and gas drilling along the Beartooth Front:
1. Monday, 9am: Carbon County Commissioners meeting: The Commissioners will be giving their response to the revised Silvertip Zone petition. It’s important to be there to support this effort by Belfry landowners.
2. Tuesday, 7pm: Carbon County Growth Plan meeting. The Growth Plan is a five year plan that will be approved by the County Commissioners in January. The plan will inform policy, so it is critical for Carbon County residents to have a voice in is contents.
3. Comment on the Carbon County Growth Plan. If you are a County resident and you can’t make the meeting, or if you want to provide detailed comments, you can provide input by sending an email with your comments to:
For more information, click here.
looks like VanDyke is A. committed to serving Montana or B. a shill for the energy industry. B. wins in a landslide.