Does it really matter if the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles visit the White House or not? When President Donald Trump canceled the visit this week it was already clear that most of the players wouldn't be coming, their absence a protest against Trump himself and his policies. That's certainly their right. But then, President Trump is well within his rights not to facilitate the planned protest in abstentia. Why, though, should you and I care all that much about any of this?
Last week Americans for Prosperity, a right-of-center group founded and funded by the Koch brothers, made waves when they announced a digital ad complimenting Democratic Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp for her vote in favor of bank deregulation.
MINOT, N.D.—Back in the early days of my blogging career I once charted the ideological trends in the voting records of former North Dakota Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad. I'd often been told these two Democrats were a lot more moderate in their politics around election time then they were the rest of those long, six-year Senate terms. It sounded plausible but I wanted some data to back it up.
The North Dakotans for Public Integrity – a local front group for a national left wing organization called Represent.us – says they’ll be submitting “well over the required 26,904 petition signatures” to put a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot which would create a state ethics committee. That’s according to an email they sent out today to supporters which you can read below. They plan to submit the signatures on June 18, which would put them about three weeks ahead of the deadline to make the November ballot.
The Koch Brothers and the various groups they fund are a bête noire for our friends on the left. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, currently in the throes of a re-election campaign here in North Dakota, routinely uses messages about those supposedly sinister Koch brothers as a fundraising device. Heck, not so long ago Heitkamp campaign flack Julia Krieger was attacking me on Twitter for supposedly being a part of the Koch brothers cabal.
Back in 2016 the North Dakota Democratic Party, as you might expect, were not fans of President Donald Trump.
MINOT, N.D.—The 2018 election cycle was always going to be a high wire act for incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. An exercise in peeling off enough Republican voters from her Republican opponent to win without hemorrhaging so many voters from her liberal base that she loses. For added difficulty, Heitkamp must pull this off while campaigning with an actual voting record for the first time in her political career. Remember that the senator's previous experience in elected office was all in the executive branch.
“I take ‘battery acid’ as a compliment,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp says in her latest campaign ad. It’s supposed to be a positive ad – yet another stab at stopping the bleeding in the incumbent’s approval numbers – but I think it’s a little too cute.
Will Gardner's decision to halt his campaign as the Republican candidate for Secretary of State has revealed a lot of ugliness in North Dakota's political circles. Gardner, for those of you who don't know, was convicted of a disorderly conduct charge in 2006. His crime was sneaking around outside of a female dorm peeking into windows. According to one law enforcement officer responding to the incident, Gardner had his pants undone and his shirt untucked. He'd also taken off his belt and left it on the seat of his vehicle along with his wallet.
For days now North Dakota Democrats have – bizarrely, given their party’s white hot hatred of the man at the national level – been bombarding the public with messaging suggesting that President Donald Trump likes Senator Heidi Heitkamp more than her Republican opponent Kevin Cramer.