Mark Friese is a defense attorney with the Vogel Law Firm in Fargo. He supports decriminalizing marijuana for recreational use. He also says he’s “more than likely” to vote for the ballot measure to make recreational marijuana legal in North Dakota in November (it will be Measure 3 on the ballot).
We are now in the heart of the election season. Early voting has made the campaigning during this part of the cycle even more intense. While Election Day is still months away in November, early voting in North Dakota begins next month. The campaigns are still trying to make their cases, and besmirch their opponents, before voters begin locking in their ballots in just a few weeks. What I'm trying to tell you, as if you haven't already noticed, is that things are very nasty right now. They're going to get nastier the closer we get to Nov. 6.
“North Dakota’s current campaign finance and lobbying laws are already unclear. The initiative could raise serious First Amendment concerns because of the additional vague rules it appears to impose on citizens and groups that wish to speak about public matters and state government,” says Eric Wang , a senior fellow at the Institute for Free Speech.
MINOT, N.D. — It's become fashionable for journalists to blame Donald Trump and his attacks on "fake news" for undermining the public's trust in mass media. An example of this are recent editorials from newspapers across the country, coordinated by a call to action from the Boston Globe, criticizing the President's "dirty war on the free press" (as the Globe put it). The combative attitude Trump has inspired is understandable. His comments about the media industry are often spectacularly unfair and calculated to distract from real news.
Lately North Dakota Democrats have been trying to make a campaign issue out of a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obamacare.
Back in 2010 the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved requests from Dickinson State University and North Dakota State to create Confucius Institutes on their campuses.
How does a Democrat like Heidi Heitkamp get elected in a state like North Dakota where no other Democrat has won on the statewide ballot in a decade? She's a master at playing the "North Dakota nice." Except, she's not really that nice. At least, not any nicer than most of the conniving, grasping politicians who run for elected office.
A couple of things have happened which make me think that Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign is in full-on panic mode. For one thing the Democratic Senator gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart – yes, that Breitbart, a news outlet derided by Heitkamp’s political base as a digital den for white nationalists – in which she touted her supposedly long-time support for a border wall.
Since about February the polling has not been good for incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Not only have independent media polls consistently shown a 4 – 5 point lead for her challenger , Congressman Kevin Cramer but her approval number’s in Morning Consult’s monthly polling have plummeted over the last year .
Congressman Kevin Cramer joined my radio show today for his weekly open phones segment, and I asked him about his opponent Senator Heidi Heitkamp telling the Bismarck Tribune about what she described as “Cramer’s unwillingness to schedule debates, including a nationally televised Fox News debate.”