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The original site for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Dickinson, N.D., is pictured in 2017. As of May 14, 2017, the project is moving away from Dickinson and will instead be set near Medora. (Sydney Mook / Forum News Service)

When Common Sense Trumps Parochialism North Dakota Wins

When Common Sense Trumps Parochialism North Dakota Wins

North Dakota is a state, not unlike many other states, where the politics of parochialism have led to a lot of bad decisions. Case in point, our state’s university system has no fewer than eight of its institutions mandated geographically in the state constitution. Not because locating institutions in communities across the state served the

Senator Heidi Heitkamp in a campaign ad in which she embraces a comparison to battery acid. YouTube

As Native American Voters Abandon Her, Democrat Heitkamp Touts Comparison to a Caustic Chemical

“I take ‘battery acid’ as a compliment,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp says in her latest campaign ad. It’s supposed to be a positive ad – yet another stab at stopping the bleeding in the incumbent’s approval numbers – but I think it’s a little too cute. Thematically I think it’s supposed to play like that now

Video: Democratic Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp Wants Donald Trump to Love Her So Badly It’s Kind of Painful to Watch

For days now North Dakota Democrats have – bizarrely, given their party’s white hot hatred of the man at the national level – been bombarding the public with messaging suggesting that President Donald Trump likes Senator Heidi Heitkamp more than her Republican opponent Kevin Cramer. “Cryin’ Cramer whines to White House about their cooperation with

Melanie Heitkamp hands out Hillary Clinton face cutouts to Iola and Arvin Kvasager at the Democratic party at the Ramada in Grand Forks November 8, 2016. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Democrats Say They’ll “Welcome Support” From Hillary Clinton on the Campaign Trail, Senator Heidi Heitkamp Hardest Hit

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s views on Hillary Clinton have evolved from the 2016 election cycle to present. Back in the 2016 cycle the incumbent was on the stump literally shouting her belief that Clinton “will be one of the greatest presidents.” Heitkamp’s opponent, Congressman Kevin Cramer, used the video of it to devastating effect in a

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., was called to the podium in Bismarck in May 2016 by presidential candidate Donald Trump, who cited Cramer's energy expertise and early backing in his quest for the Republican Party nomination for president. File photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Kevin Cramer Would Like Heidi Heitkamp to Stop Bragging About Her Relationship With Donald Trump

Maybe the most interesting nugget about North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race in this Washington Examiner article is the reporting of an internal poll which apparently shows Congressman Kevin Cramer up six points over incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. More on that in a moment. The headline from the article is that Cramer apparently paid a visit

Former Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner

Will Gardner’s Campaign Implosion Is Will Gardner’s Fault

When Will Gardner defeated long-time Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger at the NDGOP’s convention earlier this year some factions of the party hailed it as a great victory over “the establishment.” I’m not sure that was really the case. Rather, I think it was rank-and-file North Dakota Republicans deciding that Jaeger had worn out

Senator Heidi Heitkamp and former Vice-President Joe Biden raise arms in unity at the 2018 North Dakota Democratic convention in Grand Forks. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Democrats Have Created a Situation Where Good Trade News for America Is Bad Political News for Them

Last month Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp predicted that President Donald Trump’s “drastic trade policies would instead come back to hit American farmers and ranchers where it hurts.” “I urge the administration to rethink its unwise actions on trade before irreparable damage is done,” Mac Schneider, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, said. The politics of

Will Gardner accepts the party's endorsement for Secretary of State at the 2018 NDGOP state convention at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The NDGOP Cannot Stand Behind a Convicted Peeping Tom

UPDATE: Gardner has withdrawn from the race, though as I note below I don’t believe he can get his name off of the primary ballot at this time. The Grand Forks Herald has more, including comments from incumbent Jaeger. Earlier this year Mandan businessman Will Gardner won the Secretary of State race endorsement of the

Masked protesters with the water protectors occupy the hall outside Wells Fargo bank in Duluth on Friday January 12, 2018. Bob King / Forum News Service

Seattle Forced to Bank With Wells Fargo Again After Spurning Them During the #NoDAPL Protests

Last year, in the wake of the violent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline here in North Dakota, the City of Seattle chose with a unanimous vote of its city council to pull business from Wells Fargo. Because Wells Fargo was involved in financing the pipeline project. Left wing activists across the nation celebrated, but

At the University of North Dakota, Another Feud Over Another Logo

There is a feud on-going between University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry. For those of you who don’t know, the foundation is a major donor to UND. Their gifts have included the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. But right now the foundation