MINOT, N.D. — Based on Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's campaign messaging, her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer, doesn't care about farmers. This isn't true, of course. While we can have a debate about the efficacy of the sort of agriculture policies Cramer and Republicans support, Heitkamp's assertion of indifference is an election year lie. Our liberal friends are, in many areas of public policy, fond defining empathy as loyalty to Democratic party orthodoxy.
What does the turmoil about the Kavanaugh confirmation mean for North Dakota’s Senate race? First, let’s get caught up. Christine Blasey Ford has alleged, publicly and on the record , a truly harrowing experience she had with Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland after both had been consuming alcohol.
MINOT, N.D.—The Legislative Management Committee in Bismarck recently considered reports on the fiscal impacts of the four ballot measures on our November ballot. This is an important step in the legislative process, allowing the various state agencies to chime in on what sort of impacts these measures might have if they're approved by voters.
Earlier this year the state Supreme Court issued in opinion in ND Legislative Assembly vs. Governor Doug Burgum which found that both sides of that dispute had been operating beyond their constitutional restraints. The court struck down four of Burgum’s vetoes from the 2017 legislative session, but they also found that the Legislature itself had delegated too much authority to their Budget Section committee.
Yesterday Congressman Kevin Cramer’s campaign got some good news in the form of a poll from Anderson Robbins Research ( commissioned by Fox News ) which showed him with a four percentage point lead over incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
“Elevators in the eastern portion of the state have pulled their bids for soybeans,” Dr. Frayne Olson, a crop economics expert from North Dakota State University, tells the Williston Herald . “There is literally no price for soybeans.” Right now Olson said there is only a small number of elevators in our region where this is a problem, but that he expects the problem to grow.
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 ).