North Dakota articles

Port: It’s time for Republicans to embrace early voting

Port: It’s time for Republicans to embrace early voting

MINOT, N.D. — Like so many of the things he’s promoted, disgraced former President Donald Trump’s insistance that Republicans vote late, on Election Day, turned out to be stupid. “Vote on Election Day, because it’s harder for them to cheat,” he said at his last pre-election rally in Ohio . “It’s much harder because they don’t know

Port: Data show the NDGOP has an extremism problem that’s distorting its candidate selection process

MINOT, N.D. — The NDGOP has a big problem with its candidate selection process. The people participating in it are not remotely representative of North Dakota’s electorate. The heated U.S. Senate race, in which MAGA-world darling Rick Becker took on long-time Senate incumbent John Hoeven in a three-way race with Democratic-NPL candidate Katrina Christiansen, exposes

Port: With new leaders, North Dakota’s Legislature seemingly sees a power shift, from east to west

MINOT, N.D. — “After last night’s House/Senate leadership elections, it’s official, the power has moved out of the [Red River] valley and into the west.” That’s what one member of the state House, from a legislative district that is not in the Red River Valley on North Dakota’s eastern edge, texted to me this morning.

Port: What if Republicans just acknowledged that we have an extremism problem and took responsibility for it?

Minot, N.D. — I wrote my weekend column about the recent debates between North Dakota’s U.S. Senate candidates. Those events featured Republican incumbent John Hoeven’s angry challengers — former Republican Rick Becker and Democratic-NPL candidate Katrina Christiansen — laying their campaign strategies bare. They hope to create enough hate for Hoeven that one of them