It’s an important election that is about to happen on November 2, 2010. Who will lead the state and country hangs in the balance.
I have lived in District 45 for almost 8 years now. In those 8 years, Rick Berg has been to the ‘Hood’ zero times. I have never, ever seen him, or any other republican, talking to the people. I have seen and spoke with Prairie Rose Seminole on several ocassions regarding issues that directly affect our district. She’s passionate about change and leadership in the state. I have seen and talked to Tom Fiebiger on several ocassions and he’s an objective, intelligent man who really cares about what happens in our state. I haven’t seen Ed Gruchalla this year, but he’s got it going on too. The thing these three people have that their Republican counterparts don’t is a connection to the average citizen. A willingness to walk the streets of the Fargo and talk to and listen to the people; to find out what matters to them.Â
It’s a well known fact that I am not a supporter of Rick Berg. I’m an issues voter not a person who votes party-line. Rick Berg’s voting record does not align with what I view as important.Â His record speaks for itself:
Rick Berg’s voting record can be found here at Project Vote Smart.
1. In 2007 Rick Berg voted YES on House Bill 1489 – Vote to pass a bill that would classify any Â“person…[who] intentionally destroys or terminates the lifeÂ” of an unborn child/fetus as guilty of a Class AA felony.
2. In 2009 Rick Berg voted against SB 2162 This bill relates to criminal history record checks for individuals who provide early childhood services, Department of Human Services employees and service providers.Â I’d like to give a special shout-out of thanks to Mr. Berg for the disabled woman living in District 45 who recently found out her State funded in-home healthcare provider was in North Dakota living under a false identity and on-top of that stole possessions from the woman including her wedding set. Thanks, Mr. Berg. Glad we can depend on the state to protect our elderly parents.
3. In 2009 Mr. Berg voted against HB 1478 Vote to adopt a conference report that would expand State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) eligibility to families making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.Â
“I help to support the establishments I have mentioned-they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there.’ ‘Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.’Â ‘If they would rather die,’ said Scrooge, ‘they had betterÂ do it, and decrease the surplus population.”—from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
4. In 2007 Rick Berg voted against SB 2181 Vote to pass a bill allowing minors to receive prenatal care without parental consent. So, let’s have them not get prenatal care at all and hope for the best.
5. In 2009 Rick Berg voted forÂ HB 1348 Vote to pass a bill that authorizes individuals licensed carry a concealed firearm to do so on campus property that is classified as a dwelling unit or the parking and shared space of that dwelling unit, provided that it is not a dormitory. Two words Mr. Berg: “Virginia Tech”; enough said.
6. In 2007 Mr. Berg voted against SB 2417 Vote to pass a bill that requires employers to keep documentation of the legal work status for all employees.Â Uh, Mr. Berg, exactly how do you feel about North Dakota businesses participating in Human Trafficking and hiring illegal aliens?
7. In 2007 Rick Berg voted against SB 2407 Vote to adopt a conference report that increases the funds paid into the teachersÂ’ pension fund by the state. We don’t really want good teachers here anyway.
8. In 2009 Rick Berg voted against SB 2278 Vote to pass a bill that adds sexual orientation, which includes transgenderism, to the list of characteristics in which discrimination is prohibited with respect to employment, credit, housing, insurance, and public accommodations and services, with exemptions being granted to religious organizations.Â So, we should be able to discriminate against GLBT people just because what????
9. In 2007 Rick Berg voted for SB 2397 Vote to pass a bill providing a reduced tax rate of two percent for oil drilled in the Bakken formation in the western region of the state.
These are the nine reasons I am not voting for you. Just thought you should know. I suppose tomorrow Mr. Berg is going to change his position on these nine issues.