From CNN. These are the sort of officials we need to highlight, and run against. I’m going to guess that Rep. Keith Kempenich has a pretty safe seat, but it would still be useful to challenge him.
Lawmakers in that state are set to vote Friday on a bill that would legalize accidentally running over protesters in the road, one of several new measures across the country that aim to discourage disruptive protests.
Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced the North Dakota bill, which states that if a driver “unintentionally” causes injury or death to someone blocking traffic on a roadway, then the driver will not be liable for damages.
Kempenich said he was spurred to act after Dakota Access Pipeline protesters last year moved to block public roadways, scaring some of his constituents.
Wait, there’s more.
But roadway protests are a hot topic in Minnesota, too.
There, a Republican-led House committee passed a measure Tuesday that would allow local governments to sue criminally convicted protesters for law enforcement costs.
These are attacks on our most fundamental rights, and (unless they pass) they will be long forgotten when these guys come up for reelection next year. We need to challenge them — even if we lose, the message we send (“We’re fighting for your rights”) is a good one.