“The Affordable Care Act has been a disastrous for my wife and I. For the last several years we spent over $30,000 a year to purchase healthcare. Any plan the Republicans can come up with has got to be better.. What the hell do we have to lose.”- Barry Argabright, Fargo
“Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) has been disastrous for farmers interfering with our ability to manage our land and create economic opportunity. Kevin has consistently opposed WOTUS as an unconstitutional power grab by the federal government. We need that kind of a Senator in DC representing North Dakota’s interests.” – Ryan Wanzek, Jamestown farmer
“Heidi and Conrad’s recent ad blaming Rep. Cramer for the national debt is unbelievably dishonest. On January 20, 2009, when Obama was sworn in, the debt was $10.626 trillion. On January 20, 2017, when he left, it was $19.947 trillion. That’s why most people say Obama added $9 trillion to the debt, more than any other president. Heidi supported this reckless growth in debt.” – Sylvan Melroe, Fargo Veteran
“Kevin’s records proves he supports legal and sensible immigrations. Heidi has voted for chaos and anarchy at the border. American’s are not against immigration, we are simply against unregulated and illegal immigration. No society can survive thousands upon thousands of people flooding their borders with no existing support system. The result is anarchy, crime and exhaustion of societal resources. This should not be a Democrat issue or a Republican issue, this is an American issue.” – Rockne Earles, Oriska retired businessman
“Heidi Heitkamp has made it clear her real home is in Washington DC, where she votes with Chuck Schumer and national liberals against tax cuts, conservative judges, banning late-term abortion or cracking down on illegal immigration,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “North Dakotans are ready to tell Heitkamp to go home by voting for Kevin Cramer this November.”
Heidi Heitkamp gave her state party $3 million, and they are using it to depress voter turnout in North Dakota.
A reader alerted me to this curious message on Facebook which tells voters they may lose their hunting licenses in other states if they vote:
Facebook keeps a searchable database of the political ads which run on their platform. I searched for this particular ad to verify it, and it’s real. Paid for by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL:
The ad is promoting a Facebook Page titled “Hunter Alert,” though at this point there is no content there other than some logos.
I reached out to Democrats about the ad, asking what facts they’re basing this claim that hunters may lose their licenses for voting on. The Democrats typically don’t respond to my inquiries, however.
I’ve been writing about politics for more than 15 years now, and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of something like this.
I contacted Secretary of State Al Jaeger and asked if he’d ever heard of this claim before. “No,” he told me. “We’re not involved at all in the requirements for getting a hunting license. A question like what you have needs to be directed to the Game & Fish Department. I doubt that there’s any connection.”
“We’ve never heard of that, Randy Meissner, the licensing manager for North Dakota Game & Fish, told me when I contacted him and read him the text of the ad. I sent him the links and screenshots for the ad and he said he was going to run the claim by his administration.
This ad comes at a time when North Dakota Democrats are accusing the Republican legislative majority in the state of trying to suppress Native American votes with voter ID requirements.