MINOT, N.D.—There are some who defend initiated ballot measures, the method through which distracted voters decide complicated policy questions, as some sort of an egalitarian ideal. They want us to believe that legislating at the ballot box is the purest form of the people doing the people's business. Something on a higher moral order than what is produced by all those greedy politicians in the North Dakota Legislature. The ballot measure aficionados gloss over some glaring problems. Like voter apathy.
This probably doesn’t matter very much: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The political groups affiliated with billionaire conservative businessman Charles Koch will not support Rep. Kevin Cramer’s (R-N.D.) bid against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), citing Cramer’s record on spending.
It’s ironic that when Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s talk radio host brother really wants to reach an audience he turns to my employers at the Forum Communications Company.
MINOT, N.D.—The Shirky Principle, named for technology writer Clay Shirky, holds that institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution. We could adapt the saying for politics by arguing politicians do not want to solve problems which are politically advantageous to them. It is through that lens we should see North Dakota U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's carping about the Trump administration's handling of trade issues.
A group calling itself the North Dakotans for Public Integrity announced earlier this week that their ballot measure, which would amend the state constitution to (among other things) create an ethics commission, was certified for the November ballot. In their press release announcing the news they give the impression that they collected the signatures to qualify for the ballot through a local, volunteer effort.
Today we got news that America’s economy is very, very strong right now. Quarterly GDP numbers are of limited value in terms of measuring economic growth, but they do have some value. And the news that American economy grew at a 4.2 percent clip in Q2 of 2018 is good for our country. On the other hand, the news is very bad for Democrats like Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
Collegiate sports at most universities – including North Dakota’s two largest campuses, UND and NDSU in Grand Forks and Fargo respectively – do not make money. In fact, they cost taxpayers and students quite a bit of money.
Recently news broke about a West Fargo teacher who was arrested for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages to two teenage boys, one 16 and one 14 at the time of the incident. She is also accused of having sex with the 16 year old. But some of the public’s response to the situation seems born of the belief that this teacher, Shannon Moser, really didn’t do anything wrong. WDAY did a report about those reactions last night.
MINOT, N.D. — Amid a cloud of smug self righteousness a group calling themselves the North Dakotans for Public Integrity announced this week that their constitutional measure was approved for the November ballot. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to circulate their petitions using paid signature collectors they were, not surprisingly, able to collect about 10,000 more signatures than they needed. The group says they're promoting ethics — they call their measure the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment — yet their very name is a deception.
The decision by Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-election campaign to brag about her close relationship with President Donald Trump – she votes with him most of the time as we’re all reminded, ad nauseum , in her campaign messaging – has created some odd spectacles as national left-wing groups work to get Heitkamp re-elected.