Tag Archives: North Dakota Democrats

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

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.

Rep. Kris Wallman, left, has resigned her seat in North Dakota's state House. District 16 Democrats picked Gretchen Dobervich, right, as her replacement

Democratic District Chair’s Letter to the Editor Is Factually Inaccurate

Yesterday I wrote about Democrats in Fargo’s District 11 appointing a replacement for former state Rep. Kris Wallman who has moved to California. In my post I pointed out that Wallman moved herself and her children to California will in advance of a deadline which would have required that seat be filled by a special

Law enforcement officers respond to protesters seeking to obstruct the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Photo via Morton County

Dilemma for Democrats: AFL-CIO Comes Out in Favor of Dakota Access Pipeline

Unfortunately, last week, the Obama administration shoved the debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline out of legal and regulatory channels and into the political arena. Just minutes after federal Judge James Boasberg (himself an Obama appointee) sided with the pipeline with a scathing rebuttal to accusations made environmental extremist group Earthjustice on behalf of the tribe, the

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Disgruntled North Dakota Democrats Say the Base Is Mad at Heidi Heitkamp, the Party Is Disorganized

A funny thing happened this week. Not one but two members of the North Dakota Democratic Party reached out to me, completely independently of one another and with no prompting from me, to complain about how bad things are for their party right now. Both spoke on condition of anonymity, not wanting to earn the

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

North Dakota Democrats Struggling to Raise Money for National Delegates

It’s not just Democratic candidates who are having a hard time attracting support this election cycle. According to posts in a closed Facebook group for Bismarck area liberals the party is also struggling to raise funds for its delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With the convention set to begin Monday, organizers have

Rep. Kenton Onstad (D-Parshall) reports to delegates at the state convention of the Democratic-NPL Party of the obstacles facing legislators in the minority party. Rep. Onstad is standing on the stage with other members of the Democratic-NPL Party in the state house. TOM STROMME / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

With Democrats Fading, North Dakota's Republicans Should Seek Out And Engage Libertarians

On June 14 North Dakotans will go to the polls and cast their ballots on a Republican gubernatorial primary race between Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Fargo businessman Doug Burgum. Once that race is settled, it’s going to feel like the rest of the election cycle leading up to the November general election vote is