President Trump has made multiple visits to Fargo this election cycle in support of U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer, and the reaction from incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s surrogates in the press was to get bent out of shape about the cost of security. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney even requested that Republicans reimburse law enforcement expenses .
A reader alerted me to this curious message on Facebook which tells voters they may lose their hunting licenses in other states if they vote. Facebook keeps a searchable database of the political ads which run on their platform. I searched for this particular ad to verify it, and it’s real . Paid for by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL.
For weeks now we’ve all been inundated with messages telling us it’s our civic duty to get out and vote. To a point, I agree, though I’d add a caveat. It’s your duty to understand the candidates and issues on the ballot first. Having accomplished that, it is then your duty to vote. If you haven’t taken that first step, though, it is not your duty to vote. In fact, it’s your duty to do the opposite and refrain from canceling out other, well considered votes with your random ballot.
Over the weekend a reader sent me some photos of a mailer sent out by the North Dakota Democratic party which was pretty clearly to look, at first glance, like an endorsement of independent Secretary of State candidate Michael Coachman.
There is scant publicly-available polling in North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race, despite the competition garnering national attention, and that’s been frustrating. While the polling we do have shows Cramer with a strong lead, it’s hard to hang your hat on any conclusions based on few data points.
MINOT, N.D. — There are very real ways in which we could amend state law to improve accountability and transparency for our state government. Disclosures for lobbyist spending could be more accessible. They could be more frequent, and more robust in their detail as well.
A few weeks ago two independent polls commissioned by media outlets showed Congressman Kevin Cramer with double-digit leads over Democratic Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. One poll from Gray Television showed Cramer with a 10 point lead. A Fox News poll showed Cramer with a 12 point lead. Since then Heitkamp cast a controversial vote against the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and saw her campaign embroiled in scandal over the outing of sexual assault survivors. Now a new poll from Gray Television shows Cramer with 16 point lead over Heitkamp.
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.