There have been a lot of national headlines devoted to North Dakota’s voter ID law, recently upheld in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Most of it promotes the idea that the voter ID law suppresses the Native American vote in our state. Get a load of these headlines from a Google News search.
MINOT, N.D. — "I own this." That's what Sen. Heidi Heitkamp told me during an interview on my radio show this week, referring to her campaign's awful decision to identify perhaps as many as two dozen sexual assault survivors in a campaign ad without their knowledge or consent. Heitkamp has, rightfully, gotten a lot of initial credit for accepting responsibility for this travesty perpetrated on those women, but words count for little if they're not backed up with action.
If you missed last night’s debate between North Dakota Senate candidates Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer you can watch the whole thing below.
Earlier this month Governor Doug Burgum’s office announced the completion of a “refresh” of North Dakota’s brand identity. “To refresh North Dakota’s brand for today’s audiences, adjustments were made to the tagline from Legendary to Be Legendary,” Burgum’s office said in a statement . “The new design will keep parts of the visual elements from the current identity while creating a refresh with an updated color palette and a new font system.”
Earlier this year Governor Doug Burgum, who rode into office on the back of a campaign which castigated a supposed “good old boys club” in Bismarck, accepted a trip to the Super Bowl that was worth roughly $40,000.
Last night we learned that Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign had fired a staffer involved in that now infamous “open letter” ad which identified perhaps as many as two dozen sexual assault survivors who didn’t give their permission to be identified. Heitkamp says the termination is just the beginning of her review into what happened, but she’s also not naming the staffer terminated, which isn’t a good sign for those of us hoping for transparency and accountability in this matter.
MINOT, N.D.—This week Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's campaign attempted to dunk on its opponent, Congressman Kevin Cramer, with a print ad accusing him of being insensitive. It very quickly turned into a self own. The ad was shaped in the form of an open letter from sexual assault survivors to Cramer responding to some of his comments related to the controversy around Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but some of the named women didn't give their permission to be used in the ad. Thirteen women named in the ad are now on the record saying they didn't want to be named.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp appeared on the radio show today for the first time ever and apologized for a recent campaign ad which named sexual assault victims without their permission. Also, some of the women named in the ad said they are not victims. “All I can say is at the end of the day when I put my head on the pillow I know that I caused hurt…this was incompetent. This was wrong,” Heitkamp said. “This should have never happened.”
Recently Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign ran an ad (see below) formulated as an open letter sent to Congressman Kevin Cramer by survivors of sexual assault. The letter purports that some of Cramer’s recent comments about the controversy surrounding the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were insensitive, but at least four of the women named in the ad feel like they got the raw end of the deal.
What I’m about to write is going to be anathema to some because, as I pointed out in my Sunday column , a big part of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign strategy right now is painting North Dakota’s voter ID law as some nefarious Republican plot to suppress the Native American vote.