Back in late January a group of left wing activists calling themselves North Dakotans for Public Integrity submitted a ballot measure to create a state ethics commission to Secretary of State Al Jaeger for approval.
Earlier this week I wrote about a poll from Gravis Marketing which, based on internet surveys, showed incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp with a slight lead over Republican challenger Kevin Cramer. Today the Tarrance Group is out with polling – backed by a partisan source, the NRSC specifically – showing Cramer with a five point lead. It was conducted February 18 – 20 and surveyed 500 “likely” North Dakota voters.
“Bring back women’s hockey,” writes former Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs in a column this week .
Seen through the prism of myopic and sensationalist media media coverage, not to mention the self-aggrandizing and almost ubiquitous lecturing from politicians and media pundits and celebrities, it's easy to perceive that America has an epidemic of mass shootings. Their narrative holds that America has a violent gun culture and from that stems violence, the most acute manifestation of which is the slaughter of school kids. It's a false narrative.
The folks at Gravis Marketing have released polling for North Dakota’s House and Senate races, the tax reform bill, the abortion issue, ray rights, and immigration.
Over the weekend my colleague April Baumgarten wrote an eye-opening piece about drug arrests in North Dakota . Particularly startlingly was how those arrests have grown recently. “Arrests related to marijuana in North Dakota have increased every year since 2009 from 1,533 to 3,362 arrests in 2016, according to Attorney General’s Office data,” she reports.
I'm not sure Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's office sends a press release out without the word "bipartisanship" included. That's not surprising for the only Democrat to win a statewide election here since 2008. North Dakota is a Republican state. For Democrats to win here they have to work with Republicans. But politicians are prone to using words they don't really mean. Heitkamp has a real opportunity to prove she means what she says.
As I noted earlier this month , there are a lot of left-of-center ballot measures in the works this election cycle, but it’s been a rocky road for some of them.
Pressed for a solution to mass shootings, President Donald Trump has said he’d like to see armed teachers in our schools . Which is kind of dumb.
“North Dakotans aren’t interested in petty political infighting and want a U.S. Senator who works with Republicans and Democrats to find real solutions just as I have done during my time in the Senate,” Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp said in a statement responding to the news that three-term House incumbent Kevin Cramer would be challenging her in the 2018 election cycle.