MINOT, N.D.—There's some weird stuff going on in the national Democratic Party, otherwise known as the organization North Dakota Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp and Mac Schneider like to pretend they aren't a part of during election years. In recent weeks the party has had to address the problem of superdelegates, an Orwellian classification of elite Democrats whose votes in the party were more equal than those of the nonelites. The elites no longer get a vote on the first ballot of presidential nominations at the national convention.
MINOT, N.D.—The state of North Dakota has, thanks to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, joined a lawsuit against the opioid industry that's reminiscent of the litigation backed by the states against the tobacco industry decades ago. Local governments are also considering filing their own suits independent of our state government. The political leadership in Cass County has already opted to go that route, while leaders in Ward (Minot) and Grand Forks counties are still considering the matter. Should these local governments be filing suit on their own?
Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign yesterday tried to get one of its operatives into Congressman Kevin Cramer’s press conference yesterday, and the subsequent maneuvering from the campaign is an interesting peek into how the Heitkamp political machine operates.
News from North Dakota’s two largest universities – UND in Grand Forks and NDSU in Fargo – is that fall enrollment is down this year. Based on preliminary numbers, NDSU is seeing a drop of about 700 students while UND’s enrollment has dropped by about 500 .
With early voting beginning next month we are fast approaching the zenith in North Dakota’s nationally important U.S. Senate race (or the nadir, depending on how cynical you are).
MINOT, N.D.—A group calling themselves the North Dakotans for Public Integrity is backing Measure 1, a constitutional ballot measure sold as an "anti-corruption amendment." Yet the NDPI aren't really North Dakotans so much as a local front group for Hollywood activists, judging by their financial disclosures, and their proposed amendment isn't "anti-corruption" so much as anti-free speech.
The Obama administration hated coal power. The former president’s detractors referred to his policy agenda in this policy area as a “war on coal,” and that wasn’t an exaggeration.
Mark Friese is a defense attorney with the Vogel Law Firm in Fargo. He supports decriminalizing marijuana for recreational use. He also says he’s “more than likely” to vote for the ballot measure to make recreational marijuana legal in North Dakota in November (it will be Measure 3 on the ballot).
We are now in the heart of the election season. Early voting has made the campaigning during this part of the cycle even more intense. While Election Day is still months away in November, early voting in North Dakota begins next month. The campaigns are still trying to make their cases, and besmirch their opponents, before voters begin locking in their ballots in just a few weeks. What I'm trying to tell you, as if you haven't already noticed, is that things are very nasty right now. They're going to get nastier the closer we get to Nov. 6.
“North Dakota’s current campaign finance and lobbying laws are already unclear. The initiative could raise serious First Amendment concerns because of the additional vague rules it appears to impose on citizens and groups that wish to speak about public matters and state government,” says Eric Wang , a senior fellow at the Institute for Free Speech.