A district judge ruled Thursday that an initiative to cap interest rates on payday loans will stay on the Nov. 2 ballot in Montana after opponents failed to prove signatures had been improperly gathered. The state certified the initiative known as CI-164 after supporters turned in the signatures of 27,421 registered voters in 54 districts.

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Justice Done--Sort Of

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In 2007 Paul Jacob, an anti-big-government grassroots activist, and two colleagues were indicted by the state of Oklahoma. Their crime? They had hired people who were not Oklahoma citizens to gather petition signatures for a referendum to impose spending limits on Oklahoma’s profligate legislators. State law said that only residents could pass out petitions, but Jacobs had actually spoken with officials before the petition drive and been assured that as long as signature-gatherers were staying in the state—even if only temporarily—they could carry out their tasks.