MINOT, N.D.—This probably won't be President Donald Trump's only rally in North Dakota this election year. Reliable sources tell me he'll be in the state again before Election Day, probably in the Bismarck area. It is his first visit since election season began in earnest, and there are a couple of things he needs to accomplish. First, he needs to deflate North Dakota U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's attempts to portray herself as a moderate Democratic ally of his agenda.
In a column for Real Clear Politics former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan bemoans the atrophy Democrats have suffered in elected office across the country, particularly out here in the flyover states. “Democrats Must Show Up to Win Back Heartland Voters,” reads the headline. Click here to continue reading the post.
A ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, and to expunge past convictions for that activity, is currently being circulated for signatures by a group calling themselves LegalizeND ( read it here ).
MINOT, N.D.—Sen. Heidi Heitkamp wins elections by inspiring hate for her opponents. That's what she did in 2012 when her surrogates branded her opponent Rick Berg as a "slumlord" while the national Democratic apparatus ran ads which suggested he "attacks women." Heitkamp is attempting the same with her opponent in 2018, Congressman Kevin Cramer, and one aspect of that hate campaign is so acutely hypocritical it needs to be highlighted.
One element of the political posturing around the issue of President Donald Trump’s new zero tolerance policy at the southern border, which has resulted in the side effect of separating families in accordance with past court decisions, is that some Governors are withdrawing their state’s National Guard troops from border duty and vowing not to send any if asked by the Trump administration. This article from CNN sums up the stunt:
Earlier this year Duane Sand, who ran for both the U.S. House and Senate on behalf of the NDGOP in previous cycles, challenged two incumbent Republican lawmakers in District 47. I’m a believer in that sort of intra-party competition. It’s healthy for incumbents, particularly incumbents who have been in office for a while, to be challenged. And it’s pretty clear that, in most of North Dakota, Democrats aren’t providing much of a challenge.
Criticize North Dakota's initiated measure laws, the process whereby citizens can collect signatures and enact policy directly through a vote, and you'll be targeted for scorn and personal attacks. There are many in North Dakota and beyond who believe that initiated measures are a purer form of democracy than what we get from the Legislature where evil lobbyists and well-monied interests hold sway. This is a fairy tale.
Voters in North Dakota have no problem casting ballots for female candidates. We know this because women routinely win elections at the state and local levels. It’s absolutely true that there are more men then women in elected office in our state. But then it’s also true that a lot more men than women choose to run for office in the first place. When the right woman comes along for the job that woman gets votes from North Dakotans.
Gary Emineth joined me on the radio show today to talk about the ballot measure he’s backing which amends North Dakota’s constitution to ban non-citizen voting (read it at the link) .
This summer some of the students from Parkland High School, those who are now being used in messaging campaigns by the gun control movement, will be taking a bus tour through the midwest to bring their anti-gun narrative to the heartland. There are going to be at least a few stops in our area later this month, according to their plans. The bus tour will stop in Moorhead, Minnesota, Bismarck North Dakota, and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.