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Bill Montgomery is perfect candidate for state Supreme Court

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Cronkite News Service Photo by Christina Silvestri)

I write to take exception to the op-ed about the nomination of Bill Montgomery to our state Supreme Court, written by Mark Harrison and published on Aug. 16. I do not know Harrison, but I have known Montgomery in various capacities for many years. Having written a graduate thesis on U.S. Supreme Court nominees and nominations, I’d also like to think I know something about judicial qualifications and history.

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Senate bill limits choices, could upend drug benefits marketplace (access required)

Pills Spilling From Bottle

Congress should seek to increase competition to lower the costs of prescription drugs, rather than stripping away plan sponsor and employer choice from their health care contracting decisions and handing that authority to the government. We can do better, and look forward to working with Arizona’s lawmakers to develop solutions that will preserve choices for plan sponsors and the individuals they represent.

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Demonizing Bill Montgomery contrary to merit selection (access required)

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery answers questions Friday from members of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

Yes, Mr. Montgomery took a novel path to eventual consideration to serve on the Arizona Supreme Court. If selected, he would bring a different perspective developed by a unique life of public service. He represents the values engrained in military service. Similar to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who also served as an elected leader before moving to the judiciary, he understands the difficulties of balancing political responsibilities and the natural tug-a-war of public policy development.

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