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ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Frustration mounts over GOP refusal to endorse high court candidates

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota’s Republican Party chairman wants to make sure everyone understands that his party has not endorsed judicial candidates. “In May, our state GOP convention expressly decided not to endorse any statewide judicial candidate in 2012,” Chairman Pat Shortridge wrote in an email. “Some in our party continue to refuse to accept this fact, a source of growing frustration for us and the members of the State Executive Committee.” Continue Reading

Some question tribal ID usability under amendment

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Some are concerned that American Indians in Minnesota could be negatively affected by the proposed voter photo identification amendment, citing uncertainty of whether their tribal IDs will be accepted.
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Taylor: Poll showing Dalrymple rout in ND governor race ‘skewed’

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Libby Schneider, Democrat Ryan Taylor’s campaign manager, issued a statement Thursday calling the poll “thoroughly discredited” and saying it “vastly under-counts” the number of Democrats. The Forum Communications poll shows 59 percent of voters favor Republican incumbent Jack Dalrymple. Continue Reading

Health law central to insurance department race

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

While the North Dakota insurance commissioner’s job is to help ensure an efficient market for insurance in the state, the two candidates for the office both look to Washington and the Affordable Care Act as their main concern if elected. Continue Reading

Grand Forks Dem to demonstrate against bishop’s election message

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Kate Kenna, a lifelong Catholic, career social worker and political progressive, called on others to wear political buttons to church Sunday to raise awareness of the need to vote with their conscience, not what the church tells them. Continue Reading

Smoking ban support polls at 61 percent

October 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota voters appear ready to approve Measure 4, an initiative that would ban smoking in public places across the state. The measure had strong support across party lines and demographic categories. Continue Reading

Berg, Heitkamp meet in last N.D. U.S. Senate debate

October 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Democrats are failing to slow the nation’s growing $16 trillion debt because they won’t agree on budget and tax reforms in the U.S. Senate, Republican Rick Berg said Thursday in his final duel with Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota’s closely watched Senate race. Continue Reading

OIL PATCH DISPATCH: Picturing this: Encouraging people to vote

October 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Reading in the online Huffington Post about Republicans’ efforts to get transient oil workers to vote in North Dakota got my attention this week and the attention of many around the state. But I really took notice when I looked at the photo of the so-called National Republican Senatorial Committee operative who’s informing oil workers how to vote in North Dakota. Continue Reading

Election Notebook: Voter ID amendment takes spotlight

October 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Debate about a proposed constitutional amendment requiring Minnesota voters to show photographic identification intensified Wednesday.
Among the disputes, the two sides of the question appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot disagreed about whether a military ID would be acceptable. Continue Reading

Gulleson campaign criticizes poll, says race is much closer

October 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Forum Communications’ poll projects Democrat Pam Gulleson trailing Republican Kevin Cramer with 32 percent of voters compared to his 52 percent. Her campaign said its internal polling shows she is less than 10 percentage points behind. Continue Reading