As I noted earlier this month , there are a lot of left-of-center ballot measures in the works this election cycle, but it’s been a rocky road for some of them.
Pressed for a solution to mass shootings, President Donald Trump has said he’d like to see armed teachers in our schools . Which is kind of dumb.
“North Dakotans aren’t interested in petty political infighting and want a U.S. Senator who works with Republicans and Democrats to find real solutions just as I have done during my time in the Senate,” Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp said in a statement responding to the news that three-term House incumbent Kevin Cramer would be challenging her in the 2018 election cycle.
I've long felt that North Dakota's Democrats, from their scant few elected officials down to their rank-and-file party activists, live in a bubble. They convene on social media, or as audiences for party surrogates in the media, and convince themselves that North Dakota is a corrupt state run by crusty old male Republicans as a sort of hegemony for big business and/or oil interests. Then election day comes and they mostly lose, because as it turns out most North Dakotans don't agree with them. Rinse and repeat, election cycle after election cycle.
I wrote yesterday that you could expect NDGOP Chairman and state Senator Kelly Armstrong to join the race for the U.S. House this week. He hasn’t made an official announcement yet – though he is scheduled to be on my radio show on Thursday at 1:30pm – but he has filed to organize a House campaign with the FEC which you can see below. I’m not sure that a federal campaign gets more official than this.
Over the weekend the Fargo Forum published an editorial calling for the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban that was as shallow as it was myopic. “There is no legitimate civilian use for guns like the AR-15,” the paper writes. There are millions upon millions of Americans who own AR-15 rifles, and equivalent firearms, who might disagree with that statement.
MINOT, N.D. — As I write this column there is much jubilation from Republicans in my social media feeds over Congressman Kevin Cramer finally announcing his campaign for the Senate. There is also much snarling from my left wing friends who had thought, when Cramer previously announced in January that he'd be staying in the House, they became convinced that Senator Heidi Heitkamp's re-election would be a layup.
To hear some environmental activists put it, you’d think North Dakota were an industrial wasteland where energy industry titans are allowed to pollute the land and air with impunity. Those of us who actually live here can see that lie for what it is with our own eyes. Our state has a proud tradition, stretching back to its agrarian roots, of simultaneously promoting industrial development and responsible protections of the environment.
Earlier today I wrote a post speculating about what the U.S. House race might look like here in North Dakota now that incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer is ( all but ) officially in the Senate race.
Yesterday all too familiar news broke about another mass shooting. This time at a high school in Florida. This morning the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. We may learn more in the coming weeks about why Cruz did this. It’s unlikely, given that he’s still alive, that Cruz’s motives will be as inaccessible as those of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. They could be as inscrutable as those of Tucson shooter Jared Loughner.