“ND Republicans really lost ground”

Eric is a UND pointy head and NPL operative. Roll Eyes

ND Republicans really lost ground
By Eric Burin
Grand Forks
North Dakota Democrats did better than you think in the recent election.
First, consider the larger context in which the election occurred. Nationally, Republicans picked up at least seven Senate seats, several governor’s mansions, and more than 300 state legislative spots. Yet North Dakota Democrats stemmed the tide.
For starters, all of the North Dakota Republicans’ signature ballot measures were voted down.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, the moderate Republicans who voted against these measures often voted for the Republican lawmakers who put the measures on the ballot in the first place. By these means, the Republicans retained their supermajority in the state House and Senate.
Nevertheless, a closer look at the state legislative races suggests that the Democrats more than held their own. While Republicans in other states were overrunning statehouses, North Dakota Democrats actually picked up a state Senate seat. Along the way, they ousted two high-profile Republicans, Margaret Sitte and Bette Grande. And thanks to Democratic victories, there will be more female state lawmakers than ever.
It is true that Republicans won all of the statewide races handily. But, collectively, they fared worse than they did four years ago. Put another way, while their counterparts elsewhere were rolling over the competition, North Dakota’s Republicans, with far more money at their disposal than their opponents, lost ground in statewide races.
Obviously, the North Dakota Democrats still have a long way to go. Even so, their latent sense of accomplishment helps explain why following the election, they were not sullen, but already looking forward to 2016. As Congressman John Lewis said after the election, “This is not a struggle of a week, a month, or a year. It is the struggle of a lifetime.”
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Candy Snaps

I suspect they bring back Patty’s family of origin issues.  Shocked

Patty says:
February 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Yuck! I’ve been a lover of Snaps since —well– 50 years! My friends and Quote:

I lovingly called them “soap candy”

due to the indescribable flavor they had–we all LOVE them!! What have you done? They’re mushy, have too much coating, and the coating is just, well, just sweet. Not the taste that we loved. It’s a completely new taste that I don’t like. I’ll have to find a new favorite. Too bad.

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Suspect in Moorhead crash that critically injured woman only remembers a kiss

No way, Jose! Shocked Roll Eyes

MOORHEAD – A driver accused of being drunk in a hit-and-run accident here on Monday night told police he didn’t recall the incident beyond when his female passenger – who was badly injured in the crash – kissed him and passed out.

Jose Amador Molina, 33, of Moorhead, faces several felony charges linked to the incident.

When police caught up to Molina about 8:36 p.m. Monday, he was lying in the road on his stomach behind his parked car several blocks away from the scene of the crash on Belsly Boulevard, court documents filed Wednesday in Clay County District Court state.

A caller reported to police that a small white passenger car struck a parked flatbed truck hard enough to leave its front license plate at the scene.

When police interviewed Molina, he told them he didn’t know what took place. He remembered only that his female passenger had leaned over to kiss him before she passed out, according to court documents.

The license plate at the scene matched the one on the car, which bore extensive damage, including a missing front tire. It appeared the car was driven on the rim for some distance, court documents state.

Both front airbags were deployed in the car and covered in blood. An unconscious woman with severe head and facial injuries was sitting in the driver’s seat behind the steering wheel.

However, it appeared from the condition of the car that the person who was sitting in the passenger seat would have been the more severely injured of the two, police state in the court complaint.

Molina bore only minor cuts and scrapes to his face and smelled of alcohol, police state in court records.

The woman is hospitalized in critical condition, but may survive, court documents state.

The complaint against Molina states he was wanted for arrest on a prior charge of first-degree driving under the influence.

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Letter: Logic, facts fail when voters buy into the lies

Roger’s dauber is down. Cry

Letter: Logic, facts fail when voters buy into the lies
By Roger Haglund from Moorhead on Nov 12, 2014 at 11:37 p.m.

A recent article by Eric Alterman was titled “What are They Thinking?” It questioned why well-to-do people who have prospered more under President Barack Obama than they did under President Ronald Reagan (their idol) still gave most of their campaign money to Republicans. Their investments in stock have returned 220 percent in the 67 months of Obama’s presidency while only rising 190 percent during a comparable period under Reagan.

The Forum’s political cartoon on Nov. 7 implies the same question about working-class voters. The voter is pictured asking the Republican, “What are you going to do about jobs, Iraq, ISIS, immigration and tax reform, crumbling infrastructure, stagnant wages, etc.” To every voter concern the only solution offered by Republicans is “Hate Obama” and “Impeach Obama,” and yet voters gave this do-nothing party control of the Senate and added to their majority in the House. Why?

Apparently the Republican plan hatched on the evening of Obama’s inauguration in 2009 is working. Republican strategist Frank Luntz invited select House Republicans to a meeting to create a plan to re-establish Republican power after the debacle of the Bush presidency. The senior GOP members worked out a plan to continuously block anything that Obama proposed so nothing would be accomplished during his presidency. Then, when voters became angry and frustrated with Washington, they would mount a massive media smear campaign to blame the president for doing nothing to deal with America’s problems. The negative campaign would also extend to all other Democratic officeholders. Their plan succeeded in retaking the House in 2010 and now the Senate in 2014.

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Chief Pat Claus announces retirement

He is retiring at age 50. Haven’t we always been told these people are underpaid?  Huh

FARGO – Deputy Chief Pat Claus has announced that he is retiring from the Fargo Police Department, Lt. Joel Vettel said today.

Claus, 50, has been with the department for 24 1/2 years. He currently leads the patrol division, and before that, he was in charge of the investigations unit.

Claus, who’s been eligible for retirement for about a year, said he’s leaving to take a job with a local nonprofit group, but he declined to say which group.

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Inmate accused of ‘packing’ drugs

Poor Chili! Cry


FARGO – A woman accused of “packing” drugs into the Cass County Jail was sentenced Monday in Cass County District Court to 20 years in prison with credit for four months and 18 days for dealing methamphetamines.

Chili Carlene Musselman, 51, of Glyndon, Minn., was found guilty Oct. 8 by a Cass County jury on one count of possession of methamphetamines with intent to deliver, a Class A felony.

Musselman has pleaded not guilty to separate charges of being in an inmate on possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony.

In those charges, prosecutors allege Musselman was discovered to be hiding a plastic container of pills on her person when she was asked to remove her clothing in the jail.

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Two NDSU students turn in their pro-UND essays

Are they in trouble for lying now? Huh

GRAND FORKS – Two North Dakota State University students submitted two-page essays on an unlikely topic last month: “Why UND is a good school.”

The essay assignment was not the idea of a professor, but of a visiting judge, who sentenced the students to the essay assignment for pulling a prank at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center last month.

The prank was foiled when police showed up, disbursing the group of students scaling the basketball arena and trying to hang an NDSU banner.

Kyle Adam Mason, 21, and William Paul Ogdahl, 22, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of refusing to halt in Grand Forks County District Court last month.

“And don’t paste off some Wikipedia page,” warned Judge Lee Christofferson, a visiting judge from Devils Lake and a UND alumnus, when sentencing the students.

Mason opened his essay with a quote from a lesser-known actor.

“Sam Huntington once said, ‘I would be hard-pressed to look back at anything that I have done in my career and not say, “I would have done that a little different” because hindsight is 20/20. I have been tasked with writing a paper on ways the University of North Dakota is a good school,” he wrote.

Mason’s essay reads more or less like a Wikipedia article, listing off mundane facts about UND, though he stops short of copying and pasting, as Christofferson had warned against.

Hockey gets hardly a mention, with Mason writing, “The University of North Dakota has a good hockey team and should be proud of that fact.”

Mason also notes the university’s post-graduation employment rate, but adds an addendum.

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Steve Miller Band coming to Fargo’s Scheels Arena

Do they use chrome walkers to get onstage? Huh

FARGO – Classic rock veterans the Steve Miller Band returns to Fargo for a May 20 show at Scheels Arena.

Singer/guitarist Miller is best known for songs from the 1970s like “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like and Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run” and “The Joker,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

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LEAFY SPURGE: To critics of political polls

Polling by state media missed by a mile, so now they lash out. Grin

LEAFY SPURGE: To critics of political polls that don’t conform precisely to the ultimate outcome of races on Election Day. The criticism reveals ignorance of polling, and the reality that every poll is a snapshot in time that reflects voter sentiment only at the time poll questions were asked. In most elections – certainly this year with the measures ballot in North Dakota – voter preference can change daily. And poll results often are skewed by the question choice and method of polling. For example, some polls don’t poll for an “undecided” category, and that can skew data. Poll critics need to take Polling 101 before mouthing off.
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Mormon bishop: Harry Reid unworthy to enter temple

Poor Harry; if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all! Cry

SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Sen. Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith’s temples because of his support of Democratic Party positions.

Mark Paredes, in a Wednesday blog titled “Good Riddance to Harry Reid, the Mormon Senate Leader,” expressed his belief that Democrats’ support of same-sex marriage, abortion rights and gambling runs contrary to church stances.

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