MINOT, N.D. — "What have you got to lose?" That was President Donald Trump's entreaty to North Dakota's Native American voters during a recent visit to Fargo in support of Congressman Kevin Cramer's campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. It's an echo of a similar argument Trump has made to black voters, and as you might imagine it had Heitkamp's liberal base sneering.
I remember, as a kid, my parents and other adults talking about the “Where were you when JFK was shot?” question. I never really grasped the import behind those conversations until September 11th, 2001, when my mother called the office where my father and I were working to tell us that something awful was happening in New York. We got the call after the first plane had hit the towers but before the second. We hadn’t heard anything about the Pentagon yet, or Flight 93.
MINOT, N.D.—By now we're all familiar with the rhythms of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's campaign year messaging. While her surrogates savage her opponents, she positions herself as a pragmatic moderate who eschews the petty partisan gamesmanship in Washington. Yet this week Heitkamp had a perfect opportunity, a veritable open window, to blow back some of the miasma of political absurdity which hangs around Washington. She did nothing.
Gary Emineth, a Republican state Senate candidate from the Bismarck area, is also the organizer behind what will be Measure 2 on our general election ballots later this year. It’s the constitutional amendment to ban non-citizen voting in North Dakota (you can read it in full here ).
Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s latest attack ad targeting Congressman Kevin Cramer has to do with pension issues. In the ad, a truck driver named Al Thomas says Cramer “did practically nothing” to help fix distressed pensions for Teamsters and other workers. Click here to continue reading more.
Back in June U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong’s campaign released polling they commissioned showing their candidate leading Democrat Mac Schneider 48 percent to 26 percent. Today the campaign has released another round of polling, from the same pollster, showing both candidates having come up in the polls, though Armstrong maintains a strong lead.
MINOT, N.D.—When asked recently by The Hill newspaper whether or not she'd like former President Barack Obama to campaign for her here in North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was blunt in response. "Nope, no," the paper quoted her as saying. Of course Heitkamp doesn't want Obama on the campaign trail for her. When it's an election year, Heitkamp likes to pretend like she's independent from her national political party. The last thing she needs in front of North Dakota voters is a high-profile national Democrat touting her for another term in the Senate.
Over the holiday weekend Senator Heidi Heitkamp was asked about whether or not she’d like President Barack Obama to campaign for her here in North Dakota this election cycle. Her response was swift and firm in the negative:
MINOT, N.D.—It's a fashionable thing, particularly in election years, to bemoan the tone of modern politics. I understand why—the word "obnoxious" may as well have been invented to describe desperate political campaigns raining down hyperbole and opprobrium on the electorate—but to describe this as a recent development is simply inaccurate. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, bitter political enemies at the dawn of our republic, used anonymous pamphlets and surrogates to accuse one another of sex scandals.
I think maybe the North Dakota Democrats got some polling feedback or something which indicated that their messaging about Trump and trade – one of the few areas where incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp and U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider have differed with the President – hasn’t been working too well.