Yesterday I wrote a post , based on comments from a past statewide candidate for the North Dakota Democrats, which was critical of the state party’s handling of their state convention this weekend, among other things. My source called the convention a “celebration of incompetence.”
UPDATE: This post originally indicated that Pence would be the keynote speaker at the NDGOP convention in April. I misunderstood my source. Pence is visiting the state later this month to campaign for Kevin Cramer. The post has been edited to reflect that change. Rumors I’m hearing from credible sources say Vice President Mike Pence will be in Fargo on March 27 campaigning for Congressman Kevin Cramer. Republican officials aren’t confirming it yet, but they also aren’t denying it.
One of the most aggravating tactics local officials use against taxpayers is putting controversial spending proposals on the ballot over and over again.
MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota's Democrats have an unusually strong slate of candidates for federal office this cycle. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat to win on the statewide ballot in a decade, is running for re-election. In 2016 Democrats embarrassed themselves by running Chase Iron Eyes for the U.S. House. Iron Eyes, a convicted felon who is facing more felony charges stemming from his participation in the often violent and unlawful protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, was an absolute flop garnering less than 24 percent of the vote.
Over the weekend the Associated Press had an interesting article about the crop of Democratic U.S. House candidates – former state lawmakers Mac Schneider and Ben Hanson, alongside current state Senator John Grabinger – who have emerged since incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer announced his candidacy for the Senate.
MINOT, N.D. — I was recently invited to be a guest on the Good Talk podcast (an excellent program based out of Minot). Not surprisingly, given current events, our discussion turned to the issue of gun control. I've been fascinated at the way this debate has been formulated. My default position is we citizens are free people and should be allowed to do whatever we want. From there I understand total freedom is anarchy, and incompatible with the sort of ordered society most of us want to live in.
The folks at Axios have new polling out today showing Senator Heidi Heitkamp losing when matched up with a generic Republican candidate.
I'll admit it. I really didn't like the idea of creating the Legacy Fund. When the constitutional amendment was proposed during the 2009 legislative session I was opposed. When it was on the ballot in the 2010 election cycle I urged a "no" vote. I didn't like the idea of collecting billions of dollars from the private sector and locking it away in some government fund with no defined purpose.
The race for the NDGOP nomination for House of Representatives has become a crowded one. State Senator Kelly Armstrong, state Senator Tom Campbell, Marine veteran Tiffany Abentroth, Minot residents Paul Schaffner and DuWayne Hendrickson, as well as newcomer James Kapitan (a retired Air Force colonel from Fargo) are all vying for the nomination. Of those candidates, Armstrong and Campbell are perhaps the most competitive, and the former tells me this morning he raised roughly $250,000 for his campaign in eight days.
It’s remarkable how much time and treasure we invest into hiring presidents for our public universities.