Tag Archives: election 2016

Illus. in: Nonpartisan Leader, April 1, 1918, cover. Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo

Is a Move to the Left What North Dakota Democrats Need?

Is a Move to the Left What North Dakota Democrats Need?

Yesterday on my radio show (podcast here, audio below) I interviewed Mark Haugen. Haugen is the interim chairman of the new Nonpartisan League committee. That’s the group of people who want to take over the NPL part of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL party. The two political entities merged back in the 1950’s, and the NPL hasn’t

President Barack Obama waves as he departs the briefing room at the conclusion of his final press conference Jan. 18, 2017, at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

He Was a Terrible President

By the time most of us here in the Central Time Zone get around to eating our lunches Barack Obama will no longer be our president. This thought brings to my mind a sense of relief. Barack Obama has been the worst President in my lifetime. A rigid, ideologically hidebound man who came into office with

Senate Minority Leader, Mac Schneider, and Rep. Kylie Oversen welcome Gov. Jack Dalrymple before the State of The State Address on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.

Anna Woodcock: How Republicans Unseated Democratic Leaders in Grand Forks

2016 has been the year of political upsets. President-elect Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, the Republicans were able to maintain control of the US Senate, and the vast majority of political pundits were wrong at every turn. But in Grand Forks, a campaign upset was brewing that almost nobody saw coming. Kylie Oversen was a

Fargo entrepreneur and philanthropist Doug Burgum, third from right, meets with the press following his announcement for North Dakotaís gubernatorial race Jan. 14, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Let’s Start Giving Politicians Awards for Leading Instead of Winning Elections

Over the holiday weekend the Fargo Forum named Governor Doug Burgum their Person of the Year. That’s unfortunate. We need to stop treating election victories as if they were the finish line for politicians, rather than the first step in a process through which they will hopefully turn out to be good leaders. My intent here

It Seems More Probable Than Ever That Kevin Cramer Will Join the Trump Administration

For some time now Rep. Kevin Cramer, an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, has been poo-pooing the idea that he would get a cabinet position in Trump’s administration. But check out these comments Cramer gave to reporter Sam Easter after his meeting with the President-elect today: Cramer recounted the discussion to the Herald by

Want to Sit by Doug Burgum at His Inauguration? That Will Cost You $25,000

On December 15 Fargo businessman Doug Burgum will stop being North Dakota’s Governor-elect and start being our state’s Governor. But his inauguration won’t happen until January, with his inaugural ball celebration happening January 4th. And that event will be pricey, at least per the flyer below advertising sponsorship opportunities for it. The document was sent

Doug Burgum in Fargo in January 2014. Darren Gibbins / The Forum

Hey Doug Burgum, the Government Does Not Have “Customers”

Republican Governor-elect Doug Burgum is hard at work on transitioning into the position of our state’s top executive, but as he does so I hope he re-considers the way he and transition team are talking about the office. Case in point, these comments by Jodi Uecker who is chairing Burgum’s transition team: “Gov.-elect Doug Burgum

Republican state Senator-elect Scott Meyer appears on Fox & Friends.

Video: North Dakota Lawmaker Scott Meyer Touts Republican Gains in State Legislature on Fox News

This morning Scott Meyer, Republican Senator-elect in North Dakota’s District 18, was on Fox & Friends to talk about Republicans winning in blue districts: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comMeyer’s victory in District 18 – unseating long-time Democratic incumbent Connie Triplett – was a real upset even in a state as deeply Republican as North

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on Monday, July 11, for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.. Photo by Mike McCleary/Bismarck Tribune

Down With Initiated Measures, Because All American Policymaking Should Be Subject to Checks and Balances

A week ago, in my Sunday newspaper column (here’s the Dickinson Press version), I questioned the wisdom of legislating at the ballot box through the initiated measure process. Today a letter writer to the Fargo Forum takes me to task for my argument. “I was disappointed to read Rob Port’s Marsy’s Law column,” Dennis Ell writes.