Last week Governor Doug Burgum released budget guidelines which called for state agencies to prepare for more budget cuts in the coming legislative session (Burgum also spoke with me about his guidelines, audio here ).
“ Our view: Put online sellers on equal footing, ” is the headline over a Grand Forks Herald editorial today, making the point that the U.S. Supreme Court should back South Dakota’s law instituting a 4.5 percent sales tax on online sales of retailers doing more than $100,000 in annual business.
MINOT, N.D. — The past couple of weeks I've been listening to the exceptional podcast "In the Dark" produced by Minnesota-based American Public Media. The topic of the podcast's first season, first released in 2016, is the Jacob Wetterling case, but toward the end of the series is an episode dealing with a problem I hadn't really thought of as a problem before. Is it really a good idea to be electing county sheriffs?
A few weeks ago when the Chinese regime and the Trump administration were trading trade threats it was pretty clear that Democrats saw an opening. North Dakota is Trump country, and nowhere in the state is that more true than in the rural, farming communities. So when the farmers felt some unease about Trump starting a trade war – an understandable feeling given how much of our state’s agricultural production gets exported – the Democrats stepped in to fan the flames of anxiety.
Last year Governor Doug Burgum found himself mired in criticism from my self and others stemming from his decision to accept a roughly $40,000 trip to the Super Bowl paid for by Xcel Energy, one of the largest utilities operating in our state.
For months now North Dakota Democrats have been viciously attacking Congressman Kevin Cramer, challenger to incumbent Senate Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, for what they alleged is misuse of campaign funds.
MINOT, N.D.—It's mid-April, and the general election is still months away, so I realize invoking a word like "desperate" to describe any political campaign is a bit of a stretch. Still, there is a stink of desperation coming from the left side of North Dakota politics these days, emanating in particular from the campaign to re-elect incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Political campaigns always tend to be vitriolic, but the level of bile coming from our Democratic friends this early in the election year is something to behold.
The Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, put out an ad recently critical of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s stance on Syria. It leads with a 2013 interview Heitkamp did with left wing cable network MSNBC in which she said we should “trust the Russians” to convince Syria to rid itself of chemical weapons. Flash forward five years, and find that the Assad regime in Syria has not only retained their chemical weapons but just this last weekend used them against Syrian citizens.
According to new polling released by Morning Consult , Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp has seen a significant drop in her approval numbers as she begins what will likely be the toughest re-election campaign of her political career.
A lot of political business got wrapped up in the last few days. For one thing, the North Dakota GOP held their statewide convention in Grand Forks. The Democrats held theirs in the same location a couple of weeks prior. For another, the deadline for candidates filing for the June primary came and went on Monday, meaning the die has been cast for the first statewide vote of the 2018 election cycle. I have some thoughts on what it all means.