Thursday, November 01, 2012

Success in N Dakota. Judge enjoins ban on election day electioneering.

I'll update with details later. Just spend 26 hours on buses coming back from N D. I had nothing to do with the suit, just happened to be there at the time.

This slate article talks about a possible N D recount. I've probably seen a 100 Heidi Heitkamp commercials in the past week. She seems nicer than the other guy, but for me what is determinative is that she stuck up for the unconstitutional election day speech ban. She wants it to be a crime for a wife to urge her husband to remember to go vote for Heidi on the way to work.

AP article.

“Court Rules North Dakota Campaign Ban Unconstitutional”

Calling the law “clearly invalid,” a federal judge in North Dakota today ruled that the state’s 100-year-old ban on election-day campaigning is unconstitutional.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Competitive Politics, a pro-free speech group. The Center represents Gary Emineth, who wishes to post yard signs on his property, distribute fliers, and discuss the upcoming election with his neighbors.  The North Dakota statute bans any person, on election day, from “in any manner trying to induce or persuade” others to support or oppose any candidate or ballot measure.
This ruling has got to be right under existing law.

Dunn County residents submit petition for grand jury to investigate governor

WILLISTON, N.D. – Residents of Dunn County want a grand jury to decide if campaign contributions Gov. Jack Dalrymple accepted from the oil industry may be considered bribery.

Heitkamp supports Election Day campaign ban

Published 10/19/2012, INFORUM
BISMARCK — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp says North Dakota's traditional ban on Election Day campaigning should stay in place.

As lawmaker, ND attorney general opposed Election Day campaign ban

Published 10/23/2012, INFORUM
BISMARCK — When North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was in the Legislature, he argued that the state's ban on Election Day campaigning was unconstitutional.
Emineth to chair Santorum campaign
FARGO – Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced Monday that Gary Emineth will chair his North Dakota campaign.
Wednesday, February, 22, 2012 - INFORUM - News

3 North Dakota Tea Party Caucus founders resign

Published 02/09/2012, INFORUM
BISMARCK – Three founding members of the North Dakota Tea Party Caucus have resigned. Gary Emineth, Duane Sand and Paul Sorum, all of whom are involved in political races, have stepped down from the tea party’s organizational committee.

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