We are a couple of weeks removed from the contentious 2016 election. Now that everyone has had a chance to catch their breath it is time to briefly break down the state's winners and losers from November 8th. Let's take six of them one at a time.
I consider Governor-elect Doug Burgum a loser in this election even though he won BIG electorally over Democratic-NPL candidate Marvin Nelson. Rather than building a moderate coalition in the legislature for Burgum to work with the voters sent him a far-right group. Let’s not forget Burgum worked hard to get many of these people elected including a $118,000 donation to the NDGOP seen here from the Secretary of State’s site:
Burgum also went door to door asking voters for their support of these legislative candidates so it is difficult to feel sorry for him.
As I said in an earlier slide, Rep. Al Carlson who already controls the show will run all over Burgum in the power struggle. Carlson will keep freshmen legislators on a tight leash as they slash funding for higher education, nursing homes, and shift budget woes onto cities and counties. Remember that while Burgum wants to reinvent downtowns across the state, members in the House lead the charge to eliminate tax incentives Burgum himself personally utilizes to the benefit of millions of dollars.
Burgum also wants to reinvent government which is noble and needed in the budget crunch. But to get to that end he had to win in the primary. To do that he spent an estimated $6 million dollars in advertising and insulted many of the current legislators that he’ll need to rely on for votes.
He mistakenly says he’ll run government like a business. Burgum will be in for a rude awakening once he realizes Governorship is not the same as a CEO. My prediction is Governor Burgum will be tired of the stubborn legislature by March and be spending most of his time in Downtown Fargo.
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