According to an email which is landing in inboxes now, President Donald Trump is expected to visit North Dakota some time in June. Problem is the email, which came from the Trump campaign, identifies two different dates for the visit. Click here to continue reading the post.
The Senate Majority PAC, a group affiliated with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, has been running advertising recently accusing Congressman Kevin Cramer of promoting cuts to Social Security and Medicare. This is the ad I wrote about recently which was coordinated with talking points disseminated by the Heitkamp campaign.
Yesterday I wrote about the potential for a political headache for Republicans in the Secretary of State race if Will Gardner, who dropped out of the race earlier this year amid scandal but couldn’t by law be removed from the primary ballot, didn’t decline the nomination he won by running unopposed. Last night a NDGOP official told me that Gardner had submitted his letter. This morning I obtained a copy of that letter from the Secretary of State’s office.
Last night Will Gardner won the Republican Secretary of State nomination with over 54,000 votes. This despite Gardner withdrawing earlier this year amid scandal related to a 2006 disorderly conduct conviction for peeping on college girls in their dorms at North Dakota State University with his pants undone.
Voter turnout for last night’s primary election was surprisingly strong statewide despite a lack of competitive races on the statewide ballot, or even a single ballot measure. And the fact that this is a midterm election year and turnout is typically down anyway. As of this morning there were over 114,000 ballots cast, good for a turnout percentage of 19.66 percent. Here’s how that stacks up historically.
MINOT, N.D.—I loved from the outset the dynamics of a Cramer vs. Heitkamp Senate race. Rep. Kevin Cramer is the happy warrior. He engages with feisty town hall attendees, and subjects himself to zingers from callers during his weekly talk radio segments on shows around the state. It contrasts well with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp who has a tendency to be thin skinned and studiously avoids engaging directly with the public or her critics. Lately, though, it's Cramer who has seemed thin skinned. A feud has erupted between Cramer and the White House.
Incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to go all-in on being a Trump ally this election cycle is one hell of a gamble. The risk is that she’ll alienate her left-wing base. We’ve already heard rumblings of that from our state’s Native American communities .
Weeks ago North Dakota Democrats, and Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign, began pushing a narrative about a potential rift between Heitkamp’s challenger, Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer, and Donald Trump. The state party even went so far as to publish a video mocking Cramer because Heitkamp got to stand closer to Trump than he did during the signing of a bank deregulation bill.
Over the weekend the Grand Forks Herald published an interview with Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider. In the interview, Schneider described himself as an “independent.”
McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger has had a tumultuous tenure in office. His county commission requested in 2016 that then-Governor Jack Dalrymple remove him from office . He surived that office, however, returning to office last year .