Carol, you're mistaken on this as you are with a great many other issues. It's no wonder that the few people who do recognize your name roll their eyes when they hear or see it.
Most Montanans support fox's lawsuit against the feds, and most Montanans don't give a hoot what happens in deer lodge. If you think these issues will propel Tennessee lawyer Larry Jent into office, you live in a small bubble.
Jent is a lamb of the sacrificial sort. Even democrats know that.
Didn't the voters uphold the 2011 medical marijuana changes when the referendum for SB 423 was on the ballot in 2012?
Jent filed for office just a few hours before the deadline, then admitted to media that he had to be talked into it and really only did it out of loyalty to his party. They didn't want the embarrassment of an empty spot on the ballot. His fundraising is anemic and his media appearances epitomize awkwardness and ignorance of the issues. Even the unions didn't endorse him and no one of note is going to bat for him publicly. Jent is going to get trounced in November.
The Medicaid initiative backers announced the campaign in June. Why did they wait until the end of November to file the initiative?
Why was the original initiative withdrawn before ever reach the Atty. Gen.'s office for review?
After the Atty. Gen. approve the initiative, why did the Secretary of State's office sit on it for three weeks before finalizing the petition?
Instead of blaming Fox, you should blame a sloppy, unorganized, poorly run initiative campaign that only needed together a couple hundred signatures per day but couldn't.
I supported the initiative but I am gravely disappointed Kim Abbott and the Montana Human Rights Network for this epic failure on their part. Next time we need to advance an important social justice measure, we need to find people who can actually run an initiative.
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