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The Dakotas Are An Unfriendly Place For Democrats

The Dakotas Are An Unfriendly Place For Democrats

This Roll Call piece from yesterday about South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune’s re-election bid will sound awfully familiar to Republicans in North Dakota. Thune, you might remember, made national headlines when he unseated Democrat Tom Daschle, then the Senate Minority Leader, in 2004. In 2010 he went on to re-election without facing an opponent. And,

Kylie Oversen Is New Chair For North Dakota Democrats

Today in a meeting in Jamestown, North Dakota Democrats picked a new leader for their party following the announced resignation of former Chairman Bob Valeu. They picked 25-year-old, first-term state Rep. Kylie Oversen. I’m told there was no other candidate. Warren Larson, a staffer for former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, was chosen as Vice Chairman.

North Dakota Dem: Empowering The People Is "Politics At Its Absolute Worst"

The rest of the state media has picked up on a story I broke about legislation, sponsored by Rep. Roscoe Streyle of Minot, which would change the way the state fills Senate vacancies. Currently the Governor appoints a replacement. Streyle’s legislation would require an immediate special election. This is clearly aimed at Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Democrats Won't Say If They've Requested Student Data For Political Purposes

We’re in the “red zone” for the election year, with early voting having commenced and election day just a few weeks away, and for some reason Democrats have decided to make an open records request by a Republican-aligned marketing firm for student data that is public record a really big issue. At issue is Odney Advertising head

How Did Democrats Discover Odney Email Without Open Records Request?

Last week North Dakota Democrat Party Chairman Bob Valeu made a stink about Pat Finken, the head of Odney advertising, requesting student directory information from the North Dakota University System. Valeu and Democrats called on Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to block the release of data, claiming that he could do so even though the information is

In Key Legislative Race North Dakota Democrat Erin Oban Avoids Abortion Issue

Erin Oban is the North Dakota Democrat candidate for the state Senate in District 35, running against Republican incumbent Margaret Sitte. She’s also the wife of Democrat party executive director Chad Oban, which is what makes this ad kind of hilarious. While her husband is out on the campaign trail throwing partisan bombs and accusing

Why George Sinner's Anemic Fundraising Report Was Devastating For His Campaign

Earlier this week we got some fundraising data for the US House race here in North Dakota between Republican incumbent Kevin Cramer and Demcorat challenger George Sinner. The numbers were awful for Sinner. After months of delays, breaking is own deadlines to announce a campaign, Sinner is now sitting with less than $40,000 in his

North Dakota Democrats: Help Us Combat Money In Politics By Giving Us Money

Earlier this the US Supreme Court, holding once again that political contributions are a form of speech, struck down federal limits on aggregate campaign giving. Limits on campaign contributions to any one candidate are still in place, but overall limits on contributions to multiple candidates are now gone. The left, which holds that political contributions

North Dakota Democrats Don't Exactly Score With Convention Speaker, But Lead NDGOP In Delegates

In what is perhaps a testament to their weak field of candidates this year – including US House candidate George Sinner, but excluding Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Taylor – North Dakota Democrats announced that the apex of their state convention will be state Rep. Colin Peterson from right across the border in Minnesota. Peterson, a long-serving

Reservation Death Blamed On Propane Shortage, North Dakota Democrats Blame Republicans

In a heartbreaking story from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, a woman was found frozen to death in her trailer home that was heated by propane. Her tanks were empty, and according to the Associated Press “officials” are blaming it on the propane shortage: FORT YATES, N.D. — Authorities are tying the death of a

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