Last month a North Dakota Judge ruled that nearly 500 lbs of marijuana seized during a traffic stop could not be admitted as evidence for criminal charges against the driver and his passenger because the traffic stop itself was unconstitutional. The story made headlines because, let’s face it, that’s a lot of marijuana and losing the ability to use it as evidence in criminal proceedings is a world-class cock up. I’m a little late to the story, but I felt it was worth highlighting because Judge Jay Schmitz’s opinion in the matter is something to behold.
MINOT, N.D.—This week organizers of a ballot measure aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana turned in an estimated 18,700 signatures to the secretary of state's office. By law they needed less than 14,000 to qualify for the November ballot. Barring some unforeseen problems with the petitions this issue will be before North Dakota voters in the fall. This humble observer hopes the state's voters cast their ballots for legal marijuana.
Yesterday North Dakota’s Senate race was shifted from being a “toss up” to “tilts Republican” by two sources, Roll Call and Fox News .
This is an interesting choice given how much energy Senator Heidi Heitkamp, as well as her campaign and media surrogates, have put into promoting the idea that she’s a strong ally to President Donald Trump. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was invited to the White House for the SCOTUS event but will not be going, her office says. — Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) July 9, 2018
This week my colleague Mike McFeely wrote a column in which he dismissed concerns about Sen. Heidi Heitkamp refusing to speak to a group conservative media folks like myself by arguing that talk radio isn't influential. A startling admission from someone who does talk radio for a living, to be sure, but it's on-message for the Heitkamp campaign so I guess that's what matters.
Last night the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump was refusing to order the nation’s flags lowered as a gesture to the awful shooting of five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Maryland.
Politically, President Donald Trump did a lot of damage to incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., during his campaign rally in Fargo. After weeks of Heitkamp and her campaign working overtime to align with Trump, the president himself rained on the parade. During a CNN interview after the event, a rattled Heitkamp managed to bungle her party affiliation. "I just think that you have to be who you are," she told the interviewer. "At the end of the day, I'm an FDR Republican."
On the radio show today newly-elected Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken joined me to discuss the recent visit to his community by the anti-gun student activists from Parkland High School, including David Hogg. Bakken spoke at a pro-2nd Amendment rally outside of the Parkland event and then was invited inside to listen to the presentation. He called the bus tour the students are on “somewhat of an orchestrated movement,” he said though he was curious as to their mission in North Dakota.
This week President Donald Trump came to Fargo in support of U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer. In doing so he took a narrative crafted by incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp, one which supposed that the President likes her more, and threw it in the trash .
There are currently five ballot measures still being circulated for signatures to make the November ballot ( and one currently under signature review ). The deadline is July 9. Today the organizers of one of those measures – the one to legalize recreational marijuana in the state – have said that they have enough signatures for the ballot.