NewsTalk 95.5 Montana: Montana Gets “C” Grade in Free Speech Index (In the News)

NewsTalk 95.5 Montana: Montana Gets “C” Grade in Free Speech Index

By Aaron Flint

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page features a new report grading states across the nation when it comes to the First Amendment and your right to free speech.

What grade did they give Montana? Looks like Montana gets a “C,” and ranked 26th in the nation for free speech. That’s according to data compiled by The Institute for Free Speech.

The Journal’s editorial board describes the Free Speech Index as “a report card on how every state treats political contributions.”

“The bottom feeders are notable, too, and a shout out to New Jersey for finishing 34th, instead of its usual dead last on any index about freedom. The least free are another odd assembly: Maryland, Colorado, Alaska, West Virginia and Kentucky. Alaska’s limits are so stringent that they’re caught up in federal court. In Colorado, individuals can donate a mere $200 to a state legislature seat. Only Montana’s limit is lower.”

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.