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State Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice #5


Laurie McKinnon
District Court judge for the 9th Judicial District

Ed Sheehy
Attorney with the Montana Office of the Public Defender.

Supreme Court Justice #6


Brian Morris
Montana Supreme Court Justice #6
Campaign Beat: Final Thoughts on Election 2012

On this final edition of “Campaign Beat”, Montana Public Radio’s weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about who won, who lost, and what happens next.


McKinnon Maintains Lead in Montana Supreme Court Race

With a dwindling number of votes still to be counted, District Judge Laurie McKinnon appeared to headed for a seat on Montana’s Supreme Court. As of 6:30 a.m., with more than 80 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, McKinnon had 56 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Ed Sheehy, had 44 percent. During the campaign, [...]


Montana Statewide Election Results

By on November 6, 2012


Montana Statewide Election Results

Montana Statewide Election Results. Last updated 1:40 p.m. 11/07/12.  Please see the Montana Secretary of State website for the most up to date numbers.


Montana Supreme Court Candidates Dig Deep to Self-Finance Their Campaigns

Supreme Court rivals Laurie McKinnon and Ed Sheehy have made a point of refusing endorsements from political parties this election. But where do they get the money to run? Much of it comes from their own pockets. In fact, both candidates are their own best individual contributors, according to the National Institute for Montana in [...]


Election Day Coverage Roundup

By on November 2, 2012


Election Day Coverage Roundup

Montana Public Media partners have election day covered. See below for schedules and info on TV, radio and web coverage for election day, Tuesday November 6.


Dan Boyce of MTPR reports on the one contested race for State Supreme Court. The race is developing into a contest over who can be the most impartial. Voters will decide between District Judge and Choteau resident Laurie McKinnon and Missoula Public Defender Ed Sheehy. Each candidate puts forth a slightly different view on what best [...]


Supreme Court rivals run on experience, dodge partisan labels

The race for Montana’s lone contested Supreme Court seat could take a partisan twist now that a federal court has allowed political parties to endorse judicial candidates. In mid-September, the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals overturned Montana’s law forbidding party endorsements in nonpartisan judicial campaigns.


Equal Time: Supreme Court Justice

MontanaPBS Equal Time gives Supreme Court Justice candidates Laurie McKinnon and Ed Sheehy unedited time to respond to the following questions. Watch all the videos to learn more about the candidates.


Campaign Beat: Governor’s Race, Polls and the Latest Ads

News Director Sally Mauk talks with the Lee Newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the latest poll on the govenor’s race, the first debate in that race, and two new attack ads.


Campaign Finance in the Wake of Citizen’s United

News Director Sally Mauk talks with the head of the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics about the record-setting money being spent on this election and who is spending it.