I had to laugh a bit when I saw this headline over my colleague John Hageman’s piece about the impact of federal tax reform on state-level revenues.
This last weekend Grand Forks attorney David Thompson was endorsed by the North Dakota Democratic Party as their candidate for Attorney General. Today on my radio show Thompson told me the incumbent Attorney General, Wayne Stenehjem, as well as former Governor Jack Dalrymple are both guilty of taking bribes. “I’m accusing Governor Jack Dalrymple and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem of violating the bribery statutes,” Thompson told me.
MINOT, N.D. — Governor Doug Burgum is not happy about state lawmakers pursuing a legal challenge to some of the vetoes he issued against bills passed during the 2017 legislative session. In public the governor and the legislative leadership, all Republicans, are trying to play nice. Kind of.
Republican state Representative Randy Boehning was last on the ballot in 2014. In 2015, contemporaneous to a contentious vote on gay rights legislation, Boehning admitted to sending a man unsolicited and explicit pictures of himself on Grindr. That’s an app which bills itself as “the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people.”
The NDGOP convention next month is a little more high stakes than usual thanks to a contested race for the House endorsement. There are five candidates in that race, but two real front runners, state Senators Tom Campbell and Kelly Armstrong. The latter Senator has said on the record that he will abide by the vote of the convention delegates. The former has said he’ll push on to the June primary if he loses at the convention. For Campbell, in particular, the convention outcome is critical. If he can win there, it’s likely smooth sailing to the nomination in June.
A group of people in North Dakota calling themselves the North Dakotans for Public Integrity is really just a front group for a left wing group called Represent.US as the Associated Press uncovered recently .
MINOT, N.D. — This past week, the school walk out protests, organized across the nation by left-wing groups, were executed with a degree of maturity I frankly didn't expect. Good work, kids. I'm sincerely glad you took the time to have your say, even though you're mostly wrong. The kids promoted the idea that school shootings and gun violence in America are some sort of an epidemic.
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.”
UPDATE: This post originally indicated that Pence would be the keynote speaker at the NDGOP convention in April. I misunderstood my source. Pence is visiting the state later this month to campaign for Kevin Cramer. The post has been edited to reflect that change. Rumors I’m hearing from credible sources say Vice President Mike Pence will be in Fargo on March 27 campaigning for Congressman Kevin Cramer. Republican officials aren’t confirming it yet, but they also aren’t denying it.
One of the most aggravating tactics local officials use against taxpayers is putting controversial spending proposals on the ballot over and over again.