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Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds Bismarck Tribune Photo

We Should Pay More Attention to Local Journalists, and Less to National Media Outlets

We Should Pay More Attention to Local Journalists, and Less to National Media Outlets

Conservative columnist Eric Erickson makes an insightful point in this piece where he argues, using the Georgia gubernatorial race as a starting point, that local journalists are better at getting stories right than national journalists. I work for a local media company, which employs a lot of local journalists, so maybe I’m just biased in

Migrants from Central America make their way to the town of Tapanetepec, in the southwestern state of Oaxaca, Mexico, Oct. 27, 2018. (Todd Heisler/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Republican Obsession With the “Caravan” Was as Obnoxious as the Democrats Claiming Voter Suppression in North Dakota

Turn on Fox News in the days since the election and a story, given much attention in the days leading up to the election, seems to be missing. I’m talking about the “caravan” story. The fear that a veritable army of migrants was making its way through Mexico to invade our country was used to

Jesse McCloud puts up signs for voting on buses that will be used to bring voters to the polls, in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe land in Fort Yates, N.D., Nov. 5, 2018. (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Despite Claims of Voter Suppression, North Dakota’s Native Americans Got Out the Vote in a Big Away

In what I consider to have been a partisan, cynical ploy to drive turnout, Democrats and left wing activist groups spent the last several weeks of the election cycle here in North Dakota claiming that our state’s voter ID laws were calculated to suppress Native American votes. The problem? There’s no evidence this happened. I

A street sign on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Fort Yates, N.D., Oct. 22, 2018. (Kristina Barker/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Despite National Media Narrative, Native American Voting in North Dakota Is Likely to Break Records

“North Dakota’s Native Americans say new law blocks much of population’s right to vote,” a headline from ABC news states. But this doesn’t quite jibe with reality. Far from votes being suppressed, we seem to be on track to set records for turnout in our state’s Native American communities. But don’t take my word for

Podcast: Voter ID, the Latest Senate Polling, House Candidate Kelly Armstrong, Senate Candidate Kevin Cramer

On the radio show today, we talked about the national furor over North Dakota’s voter ID laws which are nearly two years old but only became important to left wing activists in the weeks before an important midterm election. A pollster from the Trafalgar Group talked about their most recent polling in North Dakota’s Senate

Frank White Bull, a Standing Rock Sioux council member, shoes his tribal identification card, complete with physical address, in North Dakota, Oct. 22, 2018. (Kristina Barker/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Left Wing Group Running Newspaper Ads in North Dakota Looking for Native Americans Struggling to Vote

A national furor has erupted over North Dakota’s voter ID laws. Specifically the requirement that to vote in our state, which doesn’t even require voters to register, you must have identification which includes a current residential address. This requirement was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, in a 6-2 decision that included

“I Voted” stickers are ready for voters to take after they hand in their ballots at West Acres mall in south Fargo, N.D. on Tuesday, November 04, 2014. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Why Didn’t North Dakota’s Tribes Testify Against Voter ID Legislation They Now Say Is Voter Suppression?

“Why would we ever disenfranchise a Native American veteran who only has a P.O. box that everybody knows when they walk into the polling booth, they know exactly who that person is, they know that they’re a North Dakota resident,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp told ABC News recently. “That’s why we don’t have registration in North

Voters at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Forks fill out their ballots early Tuesday, June 14, 2016, for the North Dakota primary election. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Senator Nicole Poolman: Setting the Facts Straight About Voter ID in North Dakota

This guest post was submitted by Republican state Senator Nicole Poolman, Chair of Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee and cosponsor of HB 1369. After watching inaccurate national news coverage surrounding North Dakota’s voter identification law, I felt compelled to set the record straight on the legislative process and intent behind the voter ID bill. Some

N.D. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp answers a question posed by the Grand Forks Herald editorial board on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service

Voting Is Easy for Native Americans in North Dakota…Says Senator Heidi Heitkamp?

There have been a lot of national headlines devoted to North Dakota’s voter ID law, recently upheld in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Most of it promotes the idea that the voter ID law suppresses the Native American vote in our state. Get a load of these headlines from a Google News search: Some of

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Tribal Governments Should Take Some Blame Over the Voter ID Issue

What I’m about to write is going to be anathema to some because, as I pointed out in my Sunday column, a big part of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign strategy right now is painting North Dakota’s voter ID law as some nefarious Republican plot to suppress the Native American vote. Heitkamp is no doubt hoping