Tag Archives: North Dakota Democrats

Delegates take their seats at the 2018 Dem-NPL convention at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks Friday, March 16, 2018. Sam Easter / Forum News Service

Pettiness and Snark Won’t Be a Winning Strategy for North Dakota Democrats

Pettiness and Snark Won’t Be a Winning Strategy for North Dakota Democrats

If I were asked to identify a unifying theme for the Democratic political campaigns here in North Dakota I would suggest that the word “anger” be used. A case in point for that statement, Congressman Kevin Cramer’s office recently announced that the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents had named him Legislator of the Year.

A protestor pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Democrats Choose Controversial Figure From #NoDAPL Protests as Keynote Speaker at Governor’s Dinner Fundraiser

The North Dakota Democrats have announced that this year’s speaker at their Governor’s Dinner will be Jodi Gillette, former Special Assistant for Native American Affairs to President Obama. It’s a curious choice, given what some view as Gillette’s role in exacerbating the often violent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. It’s worth noting that Gillette

Kylie Oversen is the endorsed Democratic candidate for North Dakota tax commissioner. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota Oil Tax Revenues Surge, Democratic Talking Points About Tax Cuts for “Big Oil” Hardest Hit

To hear our friends on the left side of North Dakota politics tell it, back during the 2015 legislative session the Republican majority (with help from a couple of Democratic votes) passed tax cuts for “big oil.” According to them, these tax cuts have contributed to the state’s budget situation. “We’ve been cutting our revenue

North Dakota House minority leader Rep. Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks). TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

If Democrats Want More Say Over North Dakota’s Budget They Should Try Winning Some Elections

Last week Governor Doug Burgum released budget guidelines which called for state agencies to prepare for more budget cuts in the coming legislative session (Burgum also spoke with me about his guidelines, audio here). In response, North Dakota’s Democrats insulted the governor by implying he’s some sort of a political extremist and demanded the creation

Democrat Insider: State Party Engaged in “Backstabbing and Double Dealing” With Some Candidates

Yesterday I wrote a post, based on comments from a past statewide candidate for the North Dakota Democrats, which was critical of the state party’s handling of their state convention this weekend, among other things. My source called the convention a “celebration of incompetence.” Today another Democrat active in state politics contacted me to say

More than 200 attended the Districts 11, 13, 16, 21, 22, 27, 41, 44, 45 and 46 Democratic Convention at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School on Feb. 3. John Hageman / Forum News Service

North Dakota Democrats Continue to See Weak Turnout for Their District Conventions

“High turnout for Democratic convention in Fargo,” reads the headline over a weekend article by Wendy Reuer. Unfortunately, the headline is inaccurate. Little more than a regurgitation of talking points put out by the political activists on hand. “At least 200 voters attended the convention,” Reuer writes, and while that’s not a bad crowd, it’s

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?

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

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

It’s Way Too Early for Senator Heidi Heitkamp to Have a Challenger

You can tell, from their early and aggressive messaging, that the Democrats are running scared over the idea that Congressman Kevin Cramer might challenge Senator Heidi Heitkamp for her Senate seat next year. It’s resulted in some true silliness, such as this tweet from (soon to be former) North Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Robert

Former Rep. Kylie Oversen is seeking another term as chairwoman of her party. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen Is Running for Another Term for Some Reason

The 2016 election cycle was an unmitigated disaster for North Dakota Democrats. They lost every single statewide race in veritable landslides. Not a single one of their statewide candidates got over 30 percent of the vote. In the legislature they managed to turn a very small minority presence into a tiny presence losing 7 seats in

Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo, listens to Human Services Committee Chairman Rep. Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, answer a question Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, during the floor debate on HB1386 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. The bill, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, was defeated 22-69. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s Democrats Are Sandbagging Gay Rights Legislation

For the fourth time in the last decade legislation to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity failed in the state Legislature (watch video of the floor debate here). Not surprisingly that news inspired frustration and disappointment among some, including U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat elected to statewide office in our state.