Cramer Still Stickin’ It to Fargo, Cass County Citizens

Sen.-Elect Kevin Cramer should pay the bills for President Trump’s two campaign visits to Fargo. In North Dakota, we pay our own way. It’s the way it is. And it’s the right thing to do.

Pay Your Campaign Bills, Senator-Elect. It’s the Right Thing to Do.

One of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s last acts of her term once again reveals a person of character and class.

The headline in the Nov. 15, 2018 edition of The Forum, Fargo, N.D., says it all: “Heitkamp campaign picking up all costs for Biden visit.” She’s paying all the bills for hosting former Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Fargo to campaign on her behalf.

And why wouldn’t she? Doesn’t sound like that big a deal, really. Right?

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When Gun Violence Hits Close to Home

When your 11-year-old is imploring you for answers about gun violence, when she’s afraid to go to school because of a shooting threat, things get real in a hurry. We need reasonable – and absolutely necessary – gun violence laws. Right now.

The Innocence We Enjoyed is a Fairy Tale to Our Children

“Why do we have to live this way?”

The evening before, a Thursday, one of our older kids received a snap from a friend who rides the bus that takes all three of our children to and from school. It said a middle schooler next to her had just muttered, “I’m going to shoot up that school tomorrow,” apparently referring to our 11-year-old’s school.

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#TakingBackOurFlag – March for Democracy

North Dakota needs an ethics commission, and all of us need to take the American Flag back. Vote YES on ND Measure #1 and proudly carry your Stars and Stripes to events.

North Dakota citizens rally for the passage of North Dakota Measure #1, the Anti-Corruption Amendment, during the March for Democracy in Fargo, N.D. on 11/4/18. The measure was placed on the ballot by North Dakotans for Public Integrity. Martin C. Fredricks IV is waving the American Flag. (Check out the previous post on Taking Back the Flag.)

We need to clean up North Dakota government and make sure our elected and appointed officials are serving citizens, not corporations and special interests. We need an independent ethics commission.

Please vote YES on Measure #1 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

#NDIntegrity #TakingBackOurFlag

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I’m Takin’ the American Flag Back. Who’s With Me?

The American Flag is about Red, White & Blue, not Blue vs. Red. It’s mine, it’s yours, it’s ours. That’s why I’m takin’ it back. Who’s with me?

Patriotism is Red, White & Blue, not Blue vs. Red

I’m takin’ the American flag back.

For years, the “Grand Old Party” has been wrapping itself in Old Glory as if it has a stronger claim to patriotism, with the flag as its symbol, than anyone else.

Somehow, somewhere along the way, many non-Republican Americans have come to accept that, if not believe it. And somehow, somewhere along the way, people started equating those misguided perceptions with the idea that support for active-duty military personnel and veterans is wrapped up in the same narrative.

I’ve had more than enough of the suggestion that the flag serves or represents one party or ideology or citizen any more than any other party or ideology or citizen.

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Heidi for U.S. Senate

Kevin Cramer promises to rubber-stamp Trump 100 percent of the time. That’s not deliberative. That’s not thoughtful. That’s not intelligent. And that’s not the way to represent North Dakota. Go vote. Vote for Heidi Heitkamp.

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We Don’t Need
A Rubber-Stamping Yes-Man Speaking for Us

Over the past six years, I’ve gone from #HH4ND to #NA4HH and back to #HH4ND again. But I’ve always been #NW4KC, and when it comes to the U.S. Senate, I’m even more so.


No Way for Kevin Cramer

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Vote YES on North Dakota Measure #1

Former North Dakota legislator Ed Gruchalla gives his take on the need to pass North Dakota Measure #1, commonly known as “The Anti-Corruption Amendment.”

A Former N.D. Legislator’s Perspective

IV Words supports North Dakota Measure #1, the “Ethics Commission, Foreign Political Contribution Ban, and Conflicts of Interest Initiative,” a.k.a., “The Anti-Corruption Amendment.”

Rather than hold forth on why I think it’s important (duh), I’ll let you hear it from a distinguished guest writer, former North Dakota Representative Ed Gruchalla. Ed’s seen the need – and greed – firsthand.

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Call B.S. on the Hoodwinkers

Stop Congressional Republicans from Breaking OUR Social Contract – We refuse to be hoodwinked again.

Stop Congressional Republicans from Breaking OUR Social Contract

Sen. Robin Hoodwink, R-U.S., is at it again.

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate majority leader, errand boy for the rich and entitled, and Hoodwink’s primary spokesperson (a.k.a., misdirector), stood up last week and declared, with gusto, “Entitlements are the reason the federal debt is running wild!”

He shouted something like this throughout the great halls – and to Bloomberg News – mere months after his party handed a $1.5 trillion tax cut to the wealthiest among us.

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Tears of Us Clowns

Every time Rep. Kevin Cramer puts his foot in his mouth with an absurd, ignorant and pain-inducing comment, he looks like a clown. And North Dakotans are cast as clowns, too…

North Dakota Voters Should Make Sure
Cramer Doesn’t “Go Anywhere,” Either

Published Oct. 3, 2018, updated Oct. 9, 2018 because Rep. Kevin Cramer lodged his foot in his mouth again less than a week after his comments on Kavanaugh-Ford.

In the context of the hearings to determine if Brett Kavanaugh is fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Rep. Kevin Cramer has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he isn’t fit to represent anyone.

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Not One Red Cent

At the end of the day, right and wrong don’t depend on right or left.

Bruhaha Over Cost of Trump Visit Detracts from Two Important Points

The Forum of Fargo, N.D., initially said it was $104,528.22.

Then the mayor said it was more like $10,000 over the daily cost of law enforcement.

The deputy police chief said city law enforcement “…accrued only $1,200 in overtime.”

A commentator from The Forum said it was actually $31,147.58.

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