Last month I wrote in a print column that Measure 1 – which supporters refer to as the “ethics” or “anti-corruption” measure – is an affront to the 1st amendment. Here’s an excerpt:
Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign and political allies are aggressive in mining her opponent Kevin Cramer’s many, many interviews with the media for content they can pitch to national media outlets.
Recently a SAB reader who attended a discussion on addiction in West Fargo told me they overheard the host of that discussion, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, tell other attendees that Measure 3 is a bad idea. That measure, if approved by North Dakota voters in November, would make recreational marijuana legal in our state.
MINOT, N.D.—If you want a preview of how Democrats would govern should liberal candidates like incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota win, look no further than the national embarrassment which is the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Setting aside for a moment the veracity of the accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh—concerning an alleged sexual assault which happened at some time the accuser can't remember and at place she can't recall—the way Democrats have handled the situation has been cynical and partisan in the extreme.
We already use a lot of very bad metrics when it comes to the public debate over driving drunk.
When opponents of Measure 3, which would legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, make their case against the proposal they often cite statistics from other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized. The intent is to provide for us a cautionary tale about how legalizing marijuana might go in our state.
MINOT, N.D. — Based on Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's campaign messaging, her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer, doesn't care about farmers. This isn't true, of course. While we can have a debate about the efficacy of the sort of agriculture policies Cramer and Republicans support, Heitkamp's assertion of indifference is an election year lie. Our liberal friends are, in many areas of public policy, fond defining empathy as loyalty to Democratic party orthodoxy.
What does the turmoil about the Kavanaugh confirmation mean for North Dakota’s Senate race? First, let’s get caught up. Christine Blasey Ford has alleged, publicly and on the record , a truly harrowing experience she had with Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland after both had been consuming alcohol.
MINOT, N.D.—The Legislative Management Committee in Bismarck recently considered reports on the fiscal impacts of the four ballot measures on our November ballot. This is an important step in the legislative process, allowing the various state agencies to chime in on what sort of impacts these measures might have if they're approved by voters.
Earlier this year the state Supreme Court issued in opinion in ND Legislative Assembly vs. Governor Doug Burgum which found that both sides of that dispute had been operating beyond their constitutional restraints. The court struck down four of Burgum’s vetoes from the 2017 legislative session, but they also found that the Legislature itself had delegated too much authority to their Budget Section committee.