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.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration’s aid to farmers impacted by tariffs resulting from his on-going efforts to improve America’s trade position in the global markets. “At the end of the day, farmers don’t want a check, they want a market,” she is on the record as saying .
MINOT, N.D.—There's some weird stuff going on in the national Democratic Party, otherwise known as the organization North Dakota Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp and Mac Schneider like to pretend they aren't a part of during election years. In recent weeks the party has had to address the problem of superdelegates, an Orwellian classification of elite Democrats whose votes in the party were more equal than those of the nonelites. The elites no longer get a vote on the first ballot of presidential nominations at the national convention.
MINOT, N.D.—The state of North Dakota has, thanks to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, joined a lawsuit against the opioid industry that's reminiscent of the litigation backed by the states against the tobacco industry decades ago. Local governments are also considering filing their own suits independent of our state government. The political leadership in Cass County has already opted to go that route, while leaders in Ward (Minot) and Grand Forks counties are still considering the matter. Should these local governments be filing suit on their own?
Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign yesterday tried to get one of its operatives into Congressman Kevin Cramer’s press conference yesterday, and the subsequent maneuvering from the campaign is an interesting peek into how the Heitkamp political machine operates.