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The trouble with being a Sean Hannity wannabe in Fargo is that you're in Fargo, a small town, and the issues aren't exactly as explosive as the rest of the world offers. Instead of going to the mat to defend a president who sides with Russia, you're left to invent controversies over which you can bark "fake news" in hopes of moving to a larger market.
When is one violation bad enough to put a business out of business? It seems we have our answer right here in Fargo and whether you have sympathy for the owner, like her personally or believe she took the proper corrective action after the fact doesn't much matter. Sometimes, one mistake is just too costly. One strike and you're out, if you will.
The message posted to Sen. John Hoeven's Twitter account July 4 featured a gloriously patriotic photograph of the U.S. Capitol at night, fireworks exploding above, along with the text "Happy Independence Day." The Republican senator from North Dakota also wrote a sentence about history, heritage and veterans. A simple "Happy Birthday, America" message, right? Some forgettable verbiage, using modern technology, from a politician who rarely says much of anything worth remembering anyway.
This is complicated, because Ed Schultz was complicated. How does one eulogize such a man honestly, knowing that for every ounce of talent, there was an ounce of darkness to match?
The peak of local media narcissism occurred about 15 years, when it was reported the Democratic-NPL Party was recruiting a talk-radio host of some note (red hair, went national, now works for the Russians) to run for North Dakota governor against the immensely popular John Hoeven. Whether the host was seriously being recruited and whether he was interested—as opposed to using the attention to promote his radio show to increase ratings—remains publicly unknown.
FARGO — President Donald Trump's rally at Scheels Arena last week went pretty much as expected, a mixture of classic hits ("Lock her up!" and "Build the wall!") and rambling word salad ("Do you see what they do? Bing, bing. Right? You see what they're doing? No, but do you see what they're doing?")
FARGO—Yes, Rep. Kevin Cramer got some needed love at President Donald Trump's rally at Scheels Arena. But he wasn't the star. That would be the president himself, of course. And U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp? She tooks hits from Trump, but the president didn't get personal and didn't brand her with a nickname, as he's done to other Democrats he opposes. But Trump's message was clear: North Dakota needs to send Cramer to the Senate because he will vote with the president all the time.
From defending a peeping Tom as "a very good man" to saying that all chain-link fences are created equal, whether they are holding children like caged dogs or simply enclosing a playground, it's been a rough past few weeks for Kevin Cramer.
It seems obvious the moral thing to do would be to reunite the migrant children with their parents at this country's southern border. Stop the cruelty as the first step and go from there. Using children as young as 18 months old as political leverage isn't the American way.
It was only the June primary, and turnout was abysmal, but North Dakota House Majority Leader Al Carlson might be a little less sure of reelection after Tuesday. This will make Democrats happy. There are more than a few Republicans, Carlson's party, snickering, too. Disliking Al is often a bipartisan exercise.