Earlier this year the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that they were launching an ad campaign against North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, trying to tie her voting record to that of far-left Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Remember the birther movement? It was an ugly bit of American politics from the Obama era. In fact, our current President was a major figure in birtherism. The conspiracy, for the uninitiated, was that President Obama isn’t really a naturally-born U.S. citizen and thus was ineligible to be President. Feeding into the conspiracy was President Obama’s refusal to release his birth certificate until years into his presidency .
In their previous session North Dakota lawmakers passed a law tightening up the state’s voter ID laws. Unfortunately, those reforms were struck down by a federal judge shortly before the 2016 election, so last year the state’s residents cast ballots based on the bad old laws. Which require an ID but, if you don’t have one, allowed you to cast a ballot anyway as long as you sign an affidavit confirming that you are who you say you are and you live where you say you live.
North Dakota's Republicans have given Democrats an opening in 2018, but can the liberals exploit it? Much is made of the utter electoral devastation North Dakota Democrats have suffered in recent election cycles, and rightfully so. Thanks to campaign incompetence, and a myopic adherence to left wing policy priorities a majority of voting North Dakotans care very little for, Democrats are in the wilderness. In 2018, however, the liberals may have a path back to relevance.
My colleague Mike McFeely writes today that North Dakota’s budget situation is the result of “fiscal mismanagement on the part of ND Republicans.” He’s right, and the budget for the state’s universities proves the point.
I wrote in my print column a couple of weeks ago that 2018 campaign for incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s seat in Congress had already begun. Given the sustained political assault on Congressman Kevin Cramer, the most talked about potential challenger for Heitkamp, since that column published the words I wrote seem downright prescient.
The folks at CNN have taken an interest in North Dakota’s Senate race this cycle, and it’s clear they’re listening to some people with some serious agendas.
There are all sorts of mobs on the internet. There are political mobs who defend their favorite ideology/party/candidate while attacking opponents. There are sports mobs who defend their favorite team. I’ve been on the receiving end of no small amount of vitriol from fans of the NDSU Bison athletic teams, which has a few times tempted me to contact law enforcement. There are mobs which form around bands or actors or other celebrities, but perhaps the scariest sort of mob are those which form around a supposed pursuit justice.
The faculty at North Dakota State University have approved for circulation to other institutions a draft resolution expressing a “crisis in confidence” in the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System leadership. A SAB reader forwarded me the email below sent out by Kathryn Gordon, an Associate Professor at the North Dakota State University Department of Psychology and President of the Faculty Senate there.
Because the initiated measure process is an awful way to make public policy, North Dakota voters last year cast their ballots in favor of a measure to legalize medical marijuana which didn’t actually decriminalize medical marijuana . So lawmakers had to fix the measure, and their completed bill was signed by Governor Doug Burgum today.