Yesterday Governor Doug Burgum gave a thorough, 90-minute “state of the state” address on the campus of Minot State University. In it he spoke of his administration’s efforts and accomplishments in 2017, the first year of Burgum’s term in office, as well as his vision going forward.
Here’s the full video of the event if you missed it:
Burgum was making as special effort here, and he should be commended for it.
The effort the Democrats put in for their rebuttal to Burgum? Well, it was par for the course for them, and is perhaps an example explaining why they can’t win many elections in North Dakota.
Rep. Ron Guggisberg was selected to deliver the response to Burgum. He spoke for less than ten minutes (see below) and ended up having to confess to the media that he didn’t even bother to watch Burgum’s response:
Guggisberg, who said he wasn’t able to listen to Burgum’s speech, blamed Republicans in the majority for mishandling the state’s budget and warned that North Dakotans will see property tax increases. But Burgum said the state is doing more than ever to keep property taxes down and put the onus on local officials who levy them.
In other words, it didn’t really matter what Burgum had to say, the Democrats had already picked the talking points Guggisberg was to regurgitate.
Good effort, Democrats. Enjoy another election cycle in the super minority.