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Shaw: It’s bleak for North Dakota Democrats

FARGO -- It's beginning to look a lot like ... North Dakota Democrats will not have candidates for the two major races in the next election. These are the races for U.S. Senate and governor. The most prominent Democrats have been quick to announc...

FARGO -- It’s beginning to look a lot like …

  • North Dakota Democrats will not have candidates for the two major races in the next election. These are the races for U.S. Senate and governor. The most prominent Democrats have been quick to announce they are not interested. I can’t say that I blame them. Running for statewide office as a Democrat in North Dakota is like trying to eat a meal with your hands tied behind your back.

Why give up your job, spend all that time begging for money and campaigning, and then get trounced in November? Many North Dakota Democrats with political aspirations have figured out there’s no good reason to do that. Incumbent U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is unbeatable. He’s popular, well known, experienced, can raise lot of money, and of course he’s a Republican. The sad part is the Democrats may not have a candidate for governor. Under normal circumstances, Democrats should have candidates fighting for this nomination. After all, with incumbent Jack Dalrymple stepping down to create an open seat, and the state’s revenues in rapid decline, this should be an opportunity for a Democrat to step forward. However, the reality is, no matter who the Republicans nominate, that person will likely win big. The only thing that could change that is if Fargo businessman Doug Burgum runs as an independent.
If Republicans run unopposed in November, we all lose. Let me make this clear: I’m not saying if Democrats run for those offices, you should vote for them. What I am saying is, it’s best for everyone if we have a choice. Candidates need to be challenged on the issues, defend their records, and give a vision for the future. Here’s hoping there will be a real election next year.

  • Disappointing that after all the hoopla, publicity and controversy, 73 percent of those eligible did not vote for a new nickname at the University of North Dakota. Voting couldn’t have been easier. Those connected to UND could simply vote online, and they had five days to do it. It tells me that if keeping the Fighting Sioux is not an option, which it isn’t, then most people don’t care what the new nickname is.
  • I sure hope Bernie Sanders continues to do well in his run for president. No, I am not endorsing him. I just want to see more impressions of him by Larry David on “Saturday Night Live.”
  • Shaw is a former Fargo TV news reporter and director. Email him at jimshawtv@gmail.com
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