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Opponents and proponents of Measure 1 debate the proposal's efficacy at a Ch amber of Commerce event earlier this year.

State Auditor Josh Gallion: Oppose Measure 1

State Auditor Josh Gallion: Oppose Measure 1

This guest post was submitted by state Auditor Josh Gallion I love North Dakota, our values, down to earth common-sense culture, and yes, even the weather.  Our founders established North Dakota with a constitution that allows up to 12 statewide elected officials who have limited authority and are directly accountable to the citizens.  This unique

FILE -- Stephen K. Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, at the Capitol Hill townhouse where he lives part-time and runs Breitbart News, in Washington, Sept. 8, 2017. Bannon is forming a group in 2018 to try to sell voters on a midterm message that they should support Republicans to defend the Trump agenda and save the president from impeachment. (Lexey Swall/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Podcast: Stephen Bannon Says Republicans Have “Broken the Back of This Blue Wave”

Former Trump campaign manager and chief strategist Stephen Bannon was on the radio show to talk about the midterms. Asked about recent polling showing Senator Heidi Heitkamp with a 16 point deficit to challenger Congressman Kevin Cramer, Bannon says the Kavanaugh fight made “the Trump base wake up to the importance of the moment.” He

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who is opposing incumbent U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, poses with Jocelyn Birklid, Miss Junior Teen North Dakota International, at the Uffda Day celebration in Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times).

Poll: Cramer Leads Heitkamp by 16 Points

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

N.D. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp answers a question posed by the Grand Forks Herald editorial board on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service

Voting Is Easy for Native Americans in North Dakota…Says Senator Heidi 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: Some of

Supporters of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) at the Uffda Day parade in Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate ahead of the midterm election, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Heitkamp Ad Apologizing for Outing Sexual Assault Victims May Have Violated FEC Rules

Yesterday I wrote about a new print ad from Senator Heidi Heitkamp – one apologizing for her previous print ad outing sexual assault survivors – which was published in the Minot Daily News and elsewhere. There may be some problems with that latest ad, however. Here’s what it looked like in my copy of the MDN:

Podcast: MN House Candidate Dave Hughes, a Health Care Discussion, and Opposition to North Dakota’s New Tourism Logo

On the radio show today Jordan Loftis, the organizer of an open letter with more than 700 signatories asking Governor Doug Burgum to undo a “brand refresh” he announced for the state’s tourism logo, explains why so many people are upset about it. Loftis says the logo will be used in tens of millions of

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp makes a point in the U.S. Senate Candidate Debate with Rep. Kevin Cramer on Thursday night in Bismarck. The debate was sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Heitkamp’s Defense of Her Attack on Cramer’s Salary Was So Dumb It Was Kind of Funny

If you missed last night’s debate between North Dakota Senate candidates Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer you can watch the whole thing below. I’m not sure anything happened last night to change the trajectory of this race. Both candidates hit their talking points, but there weren’t really any resonant moments likely to move a lot

Rep. Kevin Cramer, front, makes a point as Sen. Heidi Heitkamp listens during the U.S. Senate Candidate Debate on Thursday night in Bismarck. The debate was sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Raheem Williams: Heidi Heitkamp Plays Hooky With Reality in First Debate

This guest post was submitted by Raheem Williams, a policy adviser for the North Dakota Young Republicans. Heidi Heitkamp debate answers on social security showed a skilled politician, not a policy leader. When asked about the issue of entitlement reform during last night’s debate, Heitkamp sought to deny reality and smear her opponent, Congressman Kevin

Over 700 Sign Open Letter Asking Governor Burgum to Restore North Dakota Old “Legendary” Logo

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

Podcast: Al Jaeger, Josh Boschee, and Senate Debate Preview

On the radio show today Secretary of State Al Jaeger, and his Democratic challenger Josh Boschee, each gave their sides of the story about a problem with misprinted ballots in Mercer County. Jaeger says the mistake was made at the county level. Boshcee says it’s Jaeger’s fault, and part of a pattern of errors coming

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