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House Minority Leader Rep. Cory Mock, D-Grand Forks, right, answers questions along with Senate assistant minority leader Sen. John Grabinger, at a press conference in Bismarck requesting North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to withdraw from a Texas lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. Bismarck Tribune photo

Attorney General Stenehjem Responds to Democrats, Says Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Is His Duty

Attorney General Stenehjem Responds to Democrats, Says Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Is His Duty

Lately North Dakota Democrats have been trying to make a campaign issue out of a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obamacare. The suit was filed by the State of Texas, which is paying for it, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehejm joined North Dakota to the list of plaintiffs. The Democrats – most recently Senator Heidi

Dickinson State University Sign Dickinson Press photo

Trump to Sign Funding Ban for Universities Hosting Chinese Institute Once Touted at North Dakota Universities

Back in 2010 the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved requests from Dickinson State University and North Dakota State to create Confucius Institutes on their campuses. In 2012 the folks at DSU, mired in a horrendous diploma mill scandal, announced they were ending the program. It doesn’t seem as though a similar program

Gary Emineth Photo by Tim Albrecht/Grand Forks Herald

Ban on Non-Citizen Voting Approved for North Dakota’s Ballot

A constitutional amendment which would explicitly ban non-citizen voting has been approved for North Dakota’s ballot according to a release from the Secretary of State’s office which you can read in full below. It’s a fairly simple policy proposal. Here are the changes it would make to Article II, Section 1 of the state constitution

It Kinda Seems Like the Heitkamp Campaign Is Panicking

UPDATE: The Heitkamp campaign has clarified the Senator’s comments on the issue of Russia influencing the Senate race. Read below. A couple of things have happened which make me think that Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign is in full-on panic mode. For one thing the Democratic Senator gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart – yes, that Breitbart,

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is cheered on by delegates at her nomination for the United States Senate Saturday at the ND Democratic convention. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Heitkamp’s Polling Numbers Improve Slightly, Plurality Still Say It’s Time to Elect Someone Else

Since about February the polling has not been good for incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Not only have independent media polls consistently shown a 4 – 5 point lead for her challenger, Congressman Kevin Cramer but her approval number’s in Morning Consult’s monthly polling have plummeted over the last year. But there is, finally, some good

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser John M. Steiner / The Sun

North Dakota Deputy Flubs Another Big Drug Bust, but Cops Considering Keeping Seized Property Anyway

Last month I wrote about a drug case out of Stutsman County where a massive amount of seized drugs were suppressed as evidence because the traffic stop made by Deputy Matt Thom was unconstitutional. The smack down delivered to the deputy by Judge Jay Schmitz in his order suppressing the evidence was, in a word,

A man speaks at a town hall hosted by Congressman Kevin Cramer to facilitate a discussion with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Changes Policy on Use of Armed Personnel After Complaints at Cramer Town Hall

At a recent town hall event a number of people stood to complain about being intimidated by armed federal agents who come to discuss conservation easements on their property. Here’s a short video, sent out today in a press release from Congressman Kevin Cramer’s office, showing farmers and representatives of farming interests speaking about the

A screenshot of an ad from the Senate Majority PAC, a political action committee closely aligned with Senate Democrats, claims Congressman Kevin Cramer "sold out" North Dakotans by voting for policy changes on meat labeling which Senator Heitkamp also voted for.

Heidi Heitkamp’s Allies Say Kevin Cramer “Sold Out North Dakota” by Supporting Policy Reforms Heitkamp Also Voted For

Over the weekend my colleague John Hageman wrote an article about the third party attack ads which are flooding North Dakota’s Senate race now, something which will be the case until November. Supposedly these ads are run by committees independent of the candidates, though in practice there isn’t always a whole lot of independence. Case

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., met with farmers and farm leaders at the NDSU Carrington Extension Research Center Friday to talk about the Senate version of the farm bill and concerns with loss of foreign markets due to tariffs. Keith Norman / Forum News Service

National Democrats Say North Dakota’s Senate Race Is Trending Away From Them

Interesting article from the Washington Post today profiling two Democratic Senate incumbents running for re-election in states President Trump won by wide margins in 2016, each candidate with a starkly different outlook on how things are going. In West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin seems to be doing well. Political prognosticators see that race trending in

Dina Butcher delivers a proposed ballot measure creating an ethics commission to Secretary of State Al Jaeger. Pictures center, in the back, is fellow measure organizer Ellen Chaffee.

Ballot Measure Activists Supposedly Promoting Transparency in Government Still Won’t Come Clean on How They Got Their Signatures

Last week I noted that a group calling itself the North Dakotans for Public Integrity (despite being largely funded by Hollywood celebrity activists) had, per disclosures their campaign made to the state, paid some $260,000 to collect signatures for their ballot measure to amend the state constitution and create an ethics commission. “North Dakota has

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