Two years after South Dakota voters approved ethics reform the same day 62 percent voted for President Trump, Take Back Our Republic spends this week in North Dakota urging a yes vote on Measure 1 to establish an ethics commission, ban foreign political contributions, and protecting voters from pay-for-play lobbying and conflicts of interest.
Take Back North Dakota Coordinator Elizabeth Greybear and Executive Director John Pudner met everyone from Kris Cramer, the wife of GOP Senate nominee Kevin Cramer, to supporters of his opponent Senator Heidi Heitkamp, to a Fargo community leader who considered both good friends and noted how positive both of their commercials were and how the two always worked well together – but how nasty the negative ads were attacking both. We took the discussions from restaurants to showings of the Big Monday Agenda in a Fargo library (photo below) to a Bismarck theater, to avid football fans of North Dakota State, to final stops Thursday at the University of Mary and the State Capitol in Bismarck.
The backdrop of the nasty ads not only attacked candidates from both political parties, but Measure 1 from those who have a vested interest in keeping a system that costs the average resident $1300 due to “legal corruption” according to an Indiana University study in addition to ranking sixth in per capita public federal convictions. Executive Director John Pudner’s column on the NewsMax opinion front page appeared alongside Alan Dershowitz, Patrick Buchanan (whose niece was a former coworker of Pudner at the Charlottesville Daily Progress), Michael Reagan and Christopher Ruddy. The piece broke down Congressional polling – without advocating for any candidates – but started with a reminder for those voting in the US Senate race that they can also vote Yes on Measure 1 to end corruption just as voters south of their border did two years ago. The post starts:
BISMARCK, ND — Two years ago I was in South Dakota urging support for an anti-corruption measure and correctly predicting Donald Trump’s popular vote loss but election win — and both won. It is now deja vu as I inform North Dakota voters about the importance of passing Measure 1, the anti-corruption measure here, and am asked about the different results pollsters get on the Senate race here and others throughout the country.