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Or, I am pleased to announce, Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp!

To understand how truly stupendous Mary Catherine Heitkamp is, one need only look at the statewide numbers for the other races in North Dakota:

President: R-58.3%, D-38.7%
H (at large): R-54.9, D-41.7
Governor: R-63.1, D-34.3
Auditor: R-62.5, D-37.3
Treasurer: R-65.8, D-34.0
Insurance Commissioner: R-63.3, D-36.6
Public Service Commissioner: R-54.4, D-41.1

The Republicans control both houses of the state legislature.  They control every single statewide office, including the ones that were not on the ballot this year.  (North Dakota elects more statewide officers than any other state, but only half are on the ballot each two years.)  The Republicans even wrested away the one office legally considered non-partisan, but held by a Democrat for the last quarter-century.

Despite this trouncing the North Dakota Democratic Party-NPL has taken, Heidi Heitkamp defeated a Republican congressman for the senate seat.

The future of the ND Dem–NPL rides on her shoulders. Without her, the party would not have even the nominal non-partisan Commissioner of Public Education. Additionally, had she not won in this era of Citizens United, the party would have had a hard time finding candidates for any race.  At least now, Heidi will be there to tell candidates that it can be done, the race can be won.

Not only that, she will make a damned fine senator.  I know there will be times she disappoints us.  On many issues she will have to even oppose our interests.  Such is life.  Fossil fuels and the environment are among my top concerns, but she will be no worse than her opponent on those issues.  Among my other top concerns are women's rights, justice, fair taxation. Heidi will not disappoint me on those issues.

To those handful of Kossacks who donated to Heidi's election through the ActBlue page I set up, I thank you.  To those who donated through other means, I thank you equally.  And to the incomparably friendly, optimistic, upbeat Mary Catherine "Heidi" Heitkamp, I salute you!  Now go and do good!

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  •  You mean Baesler-Potter? (3+ / 0-)

    That is, "Superintendent of Public Instruction"?

    Wifey voted R on that one, the only time she's ever done so. She explained to me that when she looked up the two candidates, Baesler had a record of long experience and moreover no hint of the standard R crazy/anti-evolution spiel while Potter had very little experience.

    And really that's one of the many problems ND Dems have. They have been shut out for so long they can't amass good records. Dennis Walaker notwithstanding.

    •  Yep, superintendent, not commissioner. (3+ / 0-)
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      MNPundit, bontemps2012, pademocrat

      Potter has been running for office for decades.  That was another of his problems.  You can only lose so many times before you get a reputation as a  -- well, shall we say a non-winner?

      The electoral college was my safety school.

      by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:18:44 AM PST

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    •  He is a good guy, though. And unabashedly (3+ / 0-)
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      Rich in PA, Odysseus, pademocrat

      liberal.  When I saw your reference to your wife researching his background, I thought I would do the same, and was pleased to find that he actually had won a state senate seat.  That was during the years I was out of state, so I had been unaware of that.

      I also liked the humor he shows on his wiki page, regarding a possible run earlier for insurance commissioner.  He says that when the possibility was first broached, it got his competitive juices flowing and he thought, "I can win this."  His next thought was, "The problem is, if I win this, I'll be the insurance commissioner."

      The electoral college was my safety school.

      by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:30:00 AM PST

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  •  Even if, (5+ / 0-)

    she and her opponent agree on every issue, hers will likely be a vote in favor of Obama's nominees including nominees to the Supreme Court which to quote Biden is a BFD.

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:26:56 AM PST

  •  Wow. I was going to edit the Commissioner (0+ / 0-)

    of Public Education to Superintendent of Public Instruction, but now my edit this diary button has disappeared.  I have already lost my button to rec others' diaries and my publication manager.  Guess it's off to the help desk for me.

    The electoral college was my safety school.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:11:24 AM PST

  •  I just wish... (0+ / 0-)

    I am very happy she was re-elected. I just wish she would drop her global warming denial stand. I can accept (barely) Joe Donnally's combined stand (believes in global warming and supports green energy but also tips his hat to the "drill baby drill" crowd). But last I checked Senator Heitkamp was still in denial about global warming. Hope that changes.

    I am not a one-issue person, but it has meant I haven't really been able to actively support Senator Heitkamp with donations or anything since she first ran (when I did donate). I hope she revises this stand ASAP.

    With that caveat said, I really was pleased when she won!

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:46:11 AM PST

  •  The key to beating Rick Berg (1+ / 0-)
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    bluehen96

    was first-rate opposition research.

    The SOB was already the Representative for North Dakota. He is quite wealthy for the state. He's also an axxhole on every anti-democracy issue you can think of.

    Berg also feathers his nest with money from drone manufacturers.

    They scammed the FAA authorization bill with 30,000 spy-in-the-sky drones -- Big Brother Government and Corporation Threats to freak out 99 44/100% of the freepers !!

    Speech to their convention, here:

    -- http://www.republicreport.org/...

    That translated to mailers and radio ads aimed to the Paranoid Wing of the ND and MT and AZ freeper bases. Berg's own voice was his worst enemy. We also used him in MT. AZ got a twangy replacement.

    This was harder to turn to a big vote yield in North Dakota than in Montana.

    The Libertarian Party, most places, is a false front for the Republicans, aimed to pull pro-Democracy folks away from Democrats. In ND these creeps didn't even run a Senate candidate -- knowing they would hurt Berg instead of the Democrats.

    In Montana we ran the anti-Berg mailers/ads with a couple of changes. At least there we had a Libbie candidate running for Senate. He ended up getting 10,000-odd votes and helping Tester win by 3%. (That's compared with roughly 5,000 votes the Libbie candidate for governor received.)

    Without a Libbie alternative in ND, all you had was discouraging freepers from voting for Berg and maybe/hopefully getting 1,000 or so votes for Heidi.

    Other efforts found Berg up to his neck with financial irregularities. Typical GOPer. Rules don't apply to him.  

    She won by 3,000.

    It's trench effing warfare taking seats in the Red States. Figure the anti-drone ad campaign in ND cost $600,000 plus the radio ads. In Montana another chunk plus a few radio ads.

    Arizona's Senate race is a Hell of vote theft.

    600,000 uncounted ballots. Easily 40,000-net votes for Dr. Carmona tossed in the provisional ballots in Maricopa County. A stolen Senate seat, as corrupt as the 25,000 votes stolen in Duval County, Florida, in the presidential race in  2000.

    That Arizona Senate election was the #1 priority for Senate campaigns and poaching.

    Yeah, we're pretty sure Dr. Carmona won at the ballot box. For counting the votes, they brought in Joe Stalin. The F.B.I. ??? They're out running after celebrity fxckers. Gotta know what those generals' dxcks are doing.

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