Uncategorized

The partisan divide over impeachment is solidifying after two weeks of public hearings. How to people who watch and hear the same testimony come away with completely opposite conclusions? The answer is complex but can be partly boiled down to the tribalism in current American politics amplified by partisan media outlets like Fox News. The rest can be laid at the feet of the politicians themselves. Democrats are making a constitutional argument for impeachment. Republicans are making a political argument against impeachment.

LISTEN TO JASON MATHEWS ON KFGO’S “AFTERNOONS LIVE WITH TYLER AXNESS”

 

If the impeachment heads to a trial, how will it impact the 2020 presidential race? Nearly half the field could be wrapped up in the trial. From Democratic Senators to Biden himself, it may pull them away from the campaign field. How does this benefit Pete Buttigieg or multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg? Jason Mathews, an adjunct political science instructor at Bismarck State College and for the University of North Dakota’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute joined me on my KFGO radio show, “Afternoons Live” to discuss impeachment and the Democratic primary.

 

Jason Mathews is an adjunct political science instructor at Bismarck State College and for the University of North Dakota’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Dakota Rudesill, Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University, joined KFGO’s “Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness” to discuss the historical conflict between the Turks and Kurds. How does President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops impact our allies and national security?

The second quarter fundraising reports have been published by the FEC and there are a couple of items to take away in North Dakota’s Congressional race. Though Kelly Armstrong maintains the overall money advantage, reports show Mac Schneider has out-raised him since the pre-primary report at the end of May. Let’s dive through the numbers, and get a sense of where things stand.

Kelly Armstrong has the advantage with cash on hand, and overall quarter two fundraising. His report indicates he raised approximately $381,000 and has $407,377 cash on hand. Also of note, Armstrong had loaned his campaign $300,000 early on. Since the primary report, Armstrong raised approximately $111,000You can see the detailed report here.

Mac Schneider raised approximately $217,000 in the second quarter and has $281,635 cash on hand. He has not loaned his campaign any money and has raised approximately $122,000 since the June primary. A press release indicated the campaign has raised over 80% of those contributions came from North Dakota at an average of about $170 per person. You can see the detailed report here.

I find it interesting Schneider has out-raised Armstrong since the end of May pre-primary report. I’m curious if Armstrong’s perceived slow down is at all attributed to federal contribution limits? Has he burned through oil money and traditional NDGOP donors? Is it simply temporary? Or, is it that Schneider’s campaign and fundraising have picked up since the North Dakota primary?

While looking at the numbers, it cannot be ignored that Armstrong has loaned his campaign $300,000. I was critical of Tom Campbell who spent approximately $750,000 of his own money and got nowhere. For argument sake, if the $300,000 wasn’t loaned, the cash on hand story would be rather different. Coincidentally, Armstrong has already spent over $318,000 with Odney advertising for media presumably to boost his name ID.

Because of the high-profile Senate race, the Congressional race, unfortunately, seems to be overshadowed. It shouldn’t be as it’s our lone seat in the House. I’ve been very intrigued with how this race will develop and play out. We get caught up in fundraising reports because it is measurable. Yet, the climate including may play a larger role than anticipated in this race which isn’t readily measurable.