MINOT, N.D.—Last month I wrote in this column that Measure 1, the so-called "anti-corruption" amendment put on the November ballot thanks to professional petitioners paid mostly by a group of Hollywood celebrities, was an affront to the First Amendment. The left-wing supporters of the measure scoffed when I made that argument. I saw feedback to it suggesting I was exaggerating or even outright fabricating my claims—that I was merely serving as the lackey for deep-pocketed interests interested in defeating the proposal.
Yesterday’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a cathartic moment after weeks of hate and invective aimed at Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The nominee’s righteous indignation aimed at the committee members was something to behold. He was angry, and I’m not sure how anyone not blinkered by partisanship could conclude that the emotion was unfounded. Yet amid his anger he was gracious to his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Which is as it should have been.
A survey conducted by North Star Opinion Research (an organization with a B rating from FiveThirtyEight.com ), and commissioned by the Judicial Crisis Network, finds that a majority of North Dakota voters, including a plurality of female voters, supports the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.
One of the blizzard of talking points opponents of Measure 3 (legalizing recreational marijuana) have deployed is the claim that it would not generate additional tax revenues for the state. It’s a rebuttal to the claim from marijuana supporters that legalizing the drug would be an economic boon, bringing black market commerce into the light of day where it can be taxed and regulated. But the anti-Measure 3 folks say it isn’t so.
Byron Dorgan spent his last years in the United States Senate only pretending to live in North Dakota .
MINOT, N.D.—This week the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of a lower court injunction which prevented North Dakota's voter identification law from being enforced. At issue was state law saying only ID's with current residential addresses on them were valid for voting. The lower court had enjoined that law, saying the state must allow identification even if it had only something like a post office box address on it.
Last month I wrote in a print column that Measure 1 – which supporters refer to as the “ethics” or “anti-corruption” measure – is an affront to the 1st amendment. Here’s an excerpt:
Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign and political allies are aggressive in mining her opponent Kevin Cramer’s many, many interviews with the media for content they can pitch to national media outlets.
Recently a SAB reader who attended a discussion on addiction in West Fargo told me they overheard the host of that discussion, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, tell other attendees that Measure 3 is a bad idea. That measure, if approved by North Dakota voters in November, would make recreational marijuana legal in our state.
MINOT, N.D.—If you want a preview of how Democrats would govern should liberal candidates like incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota win, look no further than the national embarrassment which is the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Setting aside for a moment the veracity of the accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh—concerning an alleged sexual assault which happened at some time the accuser can't remember and at place she can't recall—the way Democrats have handled the situation has been cynical and partisan in the extreme.