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Page 8 Billings County Pioneer November 13, 2014 N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Billings County Unofficial Elec- tion Results County Commissioner District 2 Vote for 1 Mike Kasian, 272 John Kessel, 246 County Auditor/Treasurer Vote for 1 Marcia Lamb, 485 County Recorder/Clerk of Court Vote for 1 Donna Adams, 302 Connie Hartman, 219 County Sheriff Vote for 1 Pat Rummel, 282 Dave Jurgens, 239 Police report Belfield police report for Octo- ber: Violations: Speeding - 38 cita- tions, 57 warnings; stop sign - 3 ci- tations, 8 warnings; headlight/taillight - 13 warnings; ex- pired registration - 2 citations, 1 warning; failed to carry proof of lia- bility insurance - 6 citations, 3 warn- ings; care required - 1 citations, 4 warnings; open receptacle - 1 cita- tion; failed to display plates/tabs - 1 citation, 3 warnings; failed to have driver's license in possession - 1 ci- tation, 5 warnings Motor vehicle accidents: motor vehicle accidents/property damage, 10; failure to give immediate notice, 1 B Misdemeanors: drove or in ac- tual physical control f a motor vehi- cle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, 5; refused chemical test, 1; driving while license privi- lege suspended/revoked, 8; reckless driving, 5; disorderly conduct, 1; simple assault, 3; domestic, 3; refus- ing to halt, 2; possession of a con- trolled substance, marijuana, 6 A Misdemeanors: hit and run, 2; carrying a concealed weapon, 1; re- sisting arrest, 2; false information to a police officer, 1; drug parapherna- lia, marijuana, 2 C Felony: possession of con- trolled substance, Meth, 2; drug paraphernalia, Meth, 4 AA Felony: attempted mur- der/homicide, 1 Miscellaneous: harassment, 3; theft reports/vandalism, 7; solicita- tion, 3; motorist assist, 7; welfare check, 12; search warrant, 3; civil standby, 1; dog impounds, 3 Agency assist, 23 Republicans big winners; Legislature big loser Voting history predicted a Re- publican surge in the sixth year of an incumbent president whose popularity had plummeted. The 2014 election results should have been no surprise. Historically, the opposition party gained an average of 5.5 U.S. Senate seats in the off-presidential year. This year, Republicans gained at least seven. Any expec- tations by Democrats of hanging on to a majority in the Senate were specious. The gridlock in Washington will continue for the next two years. While the voters gave the Con- gress low grades for performance, they re-elected 90 per cent of the present members, meaning that the standoff will continue. All efforts will now be focused on 2016 so America will continue to burn while Washington fiddles. As for the state election, the Re- publican candidates for state of- rices won by two-to-one margins across the board. Some of the Re- publican victory can be attributed to the off-year surge but some can be blamed on the inability of the Democratic candidates to gain statewide visibility. For the past five elections, De- mocrats have put up new slates of state candidates. With the excep- tion of Ryan Taylor who had some carryover recognition from his 2012 gubernatorial campaign, the rest of the Democratic candidates were unknown. With the state and national races predictable, it took the eight ballot measures to capture the attention of the electorate and bring a sig- nificant increase in off-year voters The poll underwritten by Forum Communications five weeks be- fore the election may have sug- gested to voters that certain Billings County schools (Prairie and DeMores) Honor Roll first quar- ter: Highest honors: Prairie School - Annie Schwartzenberger, Shadera Burian; DeMores School -Alexander Costas High Honors: Prairie School - Taylor Downing, Austin Klatt, Colton Crist, Helena Job; DeMores School Shelby Tczap, Alexis Lamb, Taya Schumacher, Samantha Lapp, Wyatt Tczap, Trin Schu- macher, Jonathan Schuhrke, Jersey Filkowski Honors: Prairies School - Dillon Reis; DeMores School - Griffin Kessel With the state and national races pre- dictable, it took the eight ballot meas- ures to capture the attention of the electorate and bring a significant in- crease in off-year voters electoral trends were indicated. For example, the poll suggested that Measure 5 (conservation) would run strong when it went down in a blaze of "no" votes. This does not suggest that the poll was faulty. Because the poll was conducted early, the electorate was still not attuned to the issues. The only measure that won the support of the voters was the mort- gage tax proposal. It was a phan- tom issue. A mortgage tax has never been proposed by any re- sponsible public official in state or local government for at least 50 years. All it did was measure the level of paranoia in the electorate. All of the seven other measures on the ballot were defeated deci- sively. Some observers may sug- gest that the solid "no" vote reflected the conservatism of the Republican off-year. Not necessar- ily. The most conservative measure on the ballot was Measure 1 de- claring that personhood began upon conception. This measure was defeated by two-to-one. Studies of spending on ballot measures indicate that money wins 70 per cent of the time. That was not true in the cases of the well-fi- nanced proposals to repeal the pharmacy law and to launch a major conservation program. Dismissing Measure 2 (mort- gage tax) as a non-issue, the Leg- islature lost all of its other measures, suggesting that the Leg- islature is out of tune with the elec- torate. This disconnect between the Legislature and the electorate can be explained by the nature of leg- islative elections in North Dakota. While we regard legislative seats as partisan, they actually are social positions filled on the basis of community involvement and not on the basis of political issues. Candidates affirm this observa- tion with their campaign literature. Their material may indicate their support for motherhood and apple pie but the important message is their list of community and social activities. We elect on community involvement rather than issues, re- sulting in a divergence when it comes to issues. To avoid a shellacking in future elections, legislators need more and better input. They would be well advised to talk substantive is- sues with the real electorate more than they do with the each other when sequestered in Bismarck. A public notice is information infoming citizens of government activities that may affect the citizens' everday lives. Public notices have been printed in local newspapers, the trusted sources fgr community information, for more than 200 years. Hunter (Continued from Page 1) "This is one of those things that we heard from people who like to hunt with both gun and bow," Williams said. "They wanted to be able to apply for a gun license, and if they didn't get one, they could still get a bow license. At the same time, if they did draw a gun license, they wanted a chance to hunt that deer with a bow during the archery season as well. "We know it's not the same as having both a gun and a bow li- cense," Williams added, "but we feel it's a fair compromise while we work toward rebuilding our deer herd." Another part of the preferred op- tion is that hunters would be able to apply simultaneously for the deer gun and muzzleloader lotteries. The application would allow choice of a. preference, so if the hunter's name is drawn and both muzzleloader and deer gun licenses are available at that time, the computer would issue tjae hunter's preferred license. In such cases, the computer would then remove the hunter's name from the other lottery. Also in that case, Williams said a hunter would main- tain the accumulated bonus points for the application that was removed from the lottery. In addition, Williams said hunters will not lose any bonus points if they choose not to apply for a particular license. Youth hunters under age 16 would be exempt under the preferred option, and could get a bow license as well as a deer gun or youth season license. Gratis license holders could hunt in any open season on their own land, but may only get one license per year. Belfi Id man ch with attem d mu r BELFIELD - A Belfield man was recently charged in Southwest District Court with attempted murder. Brett Hlibichuk, 23, is being held at the Southwest Multi-County Correc- tion Center in Dickinson while he awaits preliminary hearing and arraign- ment. On Oct. 20, Hlibichuk allegedly stabbed another man twice in the stom- ach and once in the neck with a sharp instrument, with the intent of ending the man's life, according to court records. Hlibichuk was seen by Judge William Herauf and is scheduled to be ar- raigned on Dec. 29. Let our loan officers drive you in the right direction today! 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