On Saturday January 7, I saw a Facebook post made by former North Dakota Representative Luke Simons, explaining that the ND District 37 Republican Committee was having a District reorganization meeting this morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Blue 42 Sports Bar & Grille in Dickinson. Luke Simons’ complaint was that he had not seen or heard any notice beforehand that this meeting was taking place, as if there was an attempt at secrecy going on.
I read the Dickinson Press newspaper every day. Most articles, notices, and announcements are repeated in the Dickinson Press newspaper for several days, but I never saw an announcement for the ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting. Nor did I see any announcement on Facebook, or anywhere else. I have to agree with Luke Simons, this does look like there was no notification published where ordinary citizens would see it, as if they didn’t want ordinary citizens to know.
This lack of notification, may in itself not seem so bad, but if you become aware of a few more elements involved here, it gets worse. Back on September 20, 2022 former ND Representative Luke Simons obtained a copy of the ND District 37 Republican Party by-laws. In reading these by-laws, Luke Simons discovered several elements which appear to be inappropriately exclusionary:
- In order to become a member of ND District 37 Republicans, and vote at District 37 Republican Committee Meetings, for such things as election of officers, you must first present yourself in-person at a meeting. But how can you present yourself at a District 37 Republican meeting in-person, if there is no Public Notice beforehand when and where these meetings will be held?
- When you present yourself at a ND District 37 Republican meeting, and pay your $60 dues, you can’t vote at that meeting, not until your application has been reviewed and approved at a later date after the meeting is over.
- A person’s ND District 37 Republican Party membership application can be rejected, at the discretion of the ND District 37 Committee.
- A person’s ND District 37 Republican Party membership can be revoked, for such reasons as “putting the Republican Party in a bad light”, at the discretion of the ND District 37 Republican Committee.
In my opinion, the absence of a clear Public Notice ahead of time when & where the ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting will take place, combined with the necessity of going to this meeting to be able to join the ND District 37 Republicans, not being allowed to vote at the ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting until the next meeting, if your application is approved at the discretion of the Committee, if your membership isn’t revoked at the discretion of the Committee, are barriers that attempt to block, control, and limit who participates in Dickinson politics.
Further, this ND District 37 Republican Committee meeting held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, was held at a Bar & Grille owned by the District 37 Republican Committee Chairperson, Mike Lefor. Chairperson Mike Lefor and the other Committee members might have felt comfortable at the Blue 42 Sports Bar & Grille, it may have been convenient for them, but I question the appropriateness of this location for several reasons:
What if a group of Republicans in Dickinson, say for example Evangelical Christians, did find out where the ND District 37 Republicans were having a meeting, arrived on time, completed their application for membership, paid their membership dues, were approved for membership, weren’t revoked, and had the intention of challenging Mike Lefor in voting for a new chairperson, or bringing opposition to a position Mike Lefor supported. Is opposition to Mike Lefor or his positions possible in Mike Lefor’s restaurant, with his customers, supporters, bar staff, wait staff, cooks?
It’s probably convenient and comfortable for the ND District 37 Republicans to have their Committee meeting at Blue 42 Sports Bar & Grille, owned by their Chairperson, in part because it’s just one more additional barrier to the Committee members being opposed. But in my opinion, this shouldn’t be, there can’t be such a strangle-hold on participation in politics in Dickinson.
Why am I reporting this, why am I pointing this out, why am I explaining this? Maybe because the Dickinson Press newspaper office in Dickinson is owned by the ND District 37 Republican Committee Chairperson Mike Lefor, and you aren’t going to hear about this anywhere else.
There is much, much more to the story about politics in Dickinson. This is just the tip of the iceberg. With the help of either the ineptitude or blind-eye of the Dickinson Press newspaper, there is so much going on in Dickinson that has crossed the line of small-town politics into what should be half a dozen different investigations by the North Dakota Attorney General or the U.S. Justice Department into legal impropriety.
A tangled web, but not so tangled that its strings can’t be seen for where they start, where they meet, where they end: Federal funding, State funding, County funding; Federal legislation, State legislation, County legislation; Advance planning, scheming, support, politicking, alliances, collusion, strong-arming, manipulation, quid-pro-quo, payoffs; individuals, businesses, organizations, associations, non-profits, committees, commissions, directors, employers, employees; all part of and involved in transactions that cross the line of legality, into illegal, improper, unethical activity.
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This is off-topic, but possibly of interest.
Prepper Princess’s latest video (1/19/23) is a long lament about how she is being doxxed, stalked and cyberbullied, people showing up at her house etc. — surprise surprise! — as a result of her revealing intimate details of her home and personal life in hundreds of videos for years.
It appears this was one reason for leaving Arizona after being accosted by people who recognized her from YT. Working in a job with contact to the public thus became impossible, she said. Further, she stated that she has had to call the police to repel uninvited visitors, creating a situation of dependence on LEOs — hardly advisable. It was not clear whether this also applies to her present abode in CA (would require re-examining the video minute for minute), but if so, it would mean that her location there is now known.
She cites another channel called “Pure living for Life”, which reports similar occurrences (“we are being attacked”) together with a long list of other affected “Off Grid”, “Homestead” and “RV Life” YT content creators.
It seems that the bill has now become due for naive hopefuls wanting to make money by displaying intimate details of their life and residence on social media with global coverage. The downside is ominous — but hardly unexpected.
In reply to Alderete,
I watched the Prepper Princess YouTube video that you are referring to today. There is a lot to comment on.
First, it has been explained to Prepper Princess dozens of times that she has shown so much of her personal life, shared so many details of her personal life, videoed where she lives inside & outside, explained her family relationships, personal relationships, personal history, hobbies, problems, detailed explanation of her finances, that it doesn’t make any sense when she says that she wants her privacy. Her YouTube videos are not acting with writers, a script, a director, works of fiction, she has been videoing her own personal life for about six years. How can she claim that she wants her privacy, she has already videoed just about everything that she does.
A more reasonable, understandable complaint from Prepper Princess, is that she does not want anyone coming to her house uninvited. Maybe on a regular, recurring basis, she should state, “Just a reminder, please do not come to my house uninvited.” The problem was created, when Prepper Princess chose the format and approach that she was going to take in making YouTube videos.
Prepper Princess created YouTube videos that were presented like: “Here I am in my backyard garden. Look at my garden”, “Here I am in my kitchen. Look at my kitchen”, “Here I am in my bedroom. Look at my bedroom”, “Here is my dog. Look at my dog”. Because she was always sharing aspects of her personal life, inviting and asking people to look at what she was doing in her personal life, I believe that she gave many viewers the impression that she wanted to engage with people, visit with people.
In contrast, YouTube creator Scotty Kilmer with 5 million subscribers, who has been on YouTube for more than ten years, who makes on average at least one car repair video per day at his own home, doesn’t show viewers his bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, backyard and ask viewers to take a tour of his house. He doesn’t regularly share details of his personal relationships, his family relationships, his personal finances, his life growing up, although every once in a while he will mention these things just briefly in passing. But overall, Scotty Kilmer has never, ever given his viewers the impression that he wants to include them in his life, by over-sharing his personal life. I have never, ever seen Scotty Kilmer say that people have bothered him in public, or at his home, or anywhere, yet he has 5 million subscribers and hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.