Eric is a UND pointy head and NPL operative.
ND Republicans really lost ground
By Eric Burin
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.”
I suspect they bring back Patty’s family of origin issues.
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.
He is retiring at age 50. Haven’t we always been told these people are underpaid?
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.
Are they in trouble for lying now?
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.
Do they use chrome walkers to get onstage?
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.
Polling by state media missed by a mile, so now they lash out.
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.
Poor Harry; if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all!
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.