We have reached a strange crossroads when I, perhaps one her sharpest critics, feel inspired to come to the defense of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. But here we are. The North Dakota Democratic Party has been worn down to an angry little nub of left wing "progressives" by one election year catastrophe after another. Now a faction of those liberals, convinced that their party's problem is that it's not left wing enough, have turned their ire on Heitkamp.
A reader recently sent me a picture of this sign posted on the glass door of a refrigerated display at a convenience store in Bismarck. It warns customers that a coupon for milk won’t be honored because it lowered the price below what state regulations allow. That’s right. The state government is literally protecting you from low milk prices. Click to read more.
Earlier this year Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced that she would be joining with Montana Democrat Jon Tester in introducing legislation to “push back against dark money in politics.”
The Bismarck Tribune today, in an editorial, blisters Governor Doug Burgum for holding a closed-door meeting with oil and gas industry leaders to talk about pipeline safety. “When Gov. Doug Burgum took office we knew he would take a different approach to government,” the Tribune writes. “Unfortunately, that includes excluding the public from discussions that directly impact them.”
There is a land grab being pursued by some North Dakota bureaucrats, an immoral sort of expropriation of valuable private mineral rights, that is now in defiance of not only decency but legislative intent. Our state’s elected leaders serving on the Board of Trust Lands need to step in and restore order. They need to rein in their bureaucrats. At issue are mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea, which I’m sure I don’t need to remind you readers is a man-made body of water resulting from the damming of the Missouri River.
“You may not have noticed it…but the North Dakota Senate campaign for the 2018 cycle has already begun,” I wrote back on April 1 .
MINOT, N.D. — Recently an attorney with a long history of working for environmental activists has made some very serious allegations against the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. That state agency, under the purview of the Industrial Commission, is responsible for regulating oil and gas development in our state. Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten says the Department has been deleting records including data about oil spills. "It is illegal," he told a reporter.
Here at the dawn of what could be a very, very tough re-election campaign Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been cozying up to the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce. The impetus for said coziness is her support (seemingly at odds with her recent voting record) for regulatory reforms the business community wants. Because to win in November of next year Senator Heitkamp needs to be perceived not so much as a Democrat but as a moderate Republican who just happens to caucus with the other party.
I think it’s safe to say that the City of Bismarck’s handling of a recall petition aimed at Mayor Mike Seminary has been something less than ideal.
A group of Minot High School students are facing criminal charges for an end-of-the-school-year prank. Three boys have been charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, after throwing about four water balloons. From the Minot Daily News : Assistant superintendent Kim Slotsve refused on Friday afternoon, May 19, to comment on the specifics of the water balloon incident, but she said the school district has had students charged in the past with disorderly conduct if the circumstances warranted it.