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It’s Ok if You Don’t Vote, and if You Do Vote It’s Ok to Leave Parts of Your Ballot Blank

It’s Ok if You Don’t Vote, and if You Do Vote It’s Ok to Leave Parts of Your Ballot Blank

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

North Dakota Democrats Send Out Mailer Supporting Third Party Candidate as “The Real Conservative” in Sec. of State Race

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. The colors and images used in the ad looked like it was a pro-Coachman ad,

Frank White Bull, a Standing Rock Sioux council member, shoes his tribal identification card, complete with physical address, in North Dakota, Oct. 22, 2018. (Kristina Barker/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Left Wing Group Running Newspaper Ads in North Dakota Looking for Native Americans Struggling to Vote

A national furor has erupted over North Dakota’s voter ID laws. Specifically the requirement that to vote in our state, which doesn’t even require voters to register, you must have identification which includes a current residential address. This requirement was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, in a 6-2 decision that included

President Donald Trump on stage during a campaign rally in Murphysboro, Ill., Oct. 27, 2018. Trump said he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship in the U.S., his latest attention-grabbing maneuver days before midterm congressional elections, during which he has sought to activate his base by vowing to clamp down on immigrants and immigration. (Doug Mills/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

President Trump Shouldn’t End Birthright Citizenship Through Executive Order

In an interview with Axios, President Donald Trump has announced that he’ll attempt to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants by way of an executive order. I say attempt, because any order his administration issues is sure to be immediately challenged in the courts, and his ability to change this policy unilaterally

FILE-- Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., June 27, 2018. Candidates covet an appearance with Trump in areas loyal to him, but large swaths of the country where he is unpopular have become virtual no-go zones for him. (Tom Brenner/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Republicans Say Polling Last Week Shows Cramer up 11 Over Heitkamp

The most recent publicly available polling in North Dakota’s hotly contested Senate race was a Strategic Research Associates survey which showed Cramer up 16 points. A number of people, mostly Heitkamp supporters, sought to throw dirt on the poll. And I might be inclined to give their arguments against the numbers some credence if it

Democrats Send Mailer Appearing to Promote Trump-Backing Independent Candidate for Secretary of State

North Dakota’s Secretary of State race is a three-way competition between incumbent Republican Al Jaeger (on the ballot as an independent because of this), Democrat Josh Boschee, and Republican-leaning independent Michael Coachman. Today a number of readers reached out to me about mailers they’ve received, identified as paid for by the North Dakota Democratic Party,

House Majority Leader Al Carlson Forum New Service file photo

With Rep. Al Carlson on the Ropes, Other Republicans Express Interest in Being Majority Leader

Rep. Al Carlson, a long-time state lawmaker and current Majority Leader in the North Dakota House of Representatives, is fighting for his political life in Fargo’s District 41. That district has been trending blue for a while now, and Carlson is hardly safe. Carlson, an incumbent, is running alongside newcomer and fellow Republican Michelle Strinden

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is seeking re-election in November, 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 The New York Times)

Heitkamp Staffer Accuses WWII Veteran of “Gutter Politics”

Yesterday I wrote a post about Lynn Aas, a WWII veteran who received the Legion of Honor award from France last year, who objected to Senator Heidi Heitkamp bragging about her attendance at that event on her Facebook page. “Lynn is not happy that Heidi did this. We have posted a comment requesting that it

FILE -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 16, 2018. Heitkamp, an endangered Democrat, ran an ad criticizing her opponent for comments about sexual abuse. But it backfired, just three weeks before the midterms. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

WWII Veteran Says Senator Heidi Heitkamp Is Using His Image Without Permission

Recently Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign re-victimized a number of sexual assault survivors by using their names in a print ad without their permission. Some of those women said their assaults were made known to friends, family, and acquaintances for the first time because of that ad, causing a great deal of embarrassment. Some say they

“I Voted” stickers are ready for voters to take after they hand in their ballots at West Acres mall in south Fargo, N.D. on Tuesday, November 04, 2014. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Why Didn’t North Dakota’s Tribes Testify Against Voter ID Legislation They Now Say Is Voter Suppression?

“Why would we ever disenfranchise a Native American veteran who only has a P.O. box that everybody knows when they walk into the polling booth, they know exactly who that person is, they know that they’re a North Dakota resident,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp told ABC News recently. “That’s why we don’t have registration in North