How does a Democrat like Heidi Heitkamp get elected in a state like North Dakota where no other Democrat has won on the statewide ballot in a decade? She's a master at playing the "North Dakota nice." Except, she's not really that nice. At least, not any nicer than most of the conniving, grasping politicians who run for elected office.
A couple of things have happened which make me think that Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign is in full-on panic mode. For one thing the Democratic Senator gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart – yes, that Breitbart, a news outlet derided by Heitkamp’s political base as a digital den for white nationalists – in which she touted her supposedly long-time support for a border wall.
Since about February the polling has not been good for incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Not only have independent media polls consistently shown a 4 – 5 point lead for her challenger , Congressman Kevin Cramer but her approval number’s in Morning Consult’s monthly polling have plummeted over the last year .
Congressman Kevin Cramer joined my radio show today for his weekly open phones segment, and I asked him about his opponent Senator Heidi Heitkamp telling the Bismarck Tribune about what she described as “Cramer’s unwillingness to schedule debates, including a nationally televised Fox News debate.”
For a while now there has been a lot of hot gossip in North Dakota’s capitol building about Governor Doug Burgum’s travel expenses and his security expenses. The rumors hold that Burgum has traveled excessively and often has an excessive security detail in tow.
MINOT, N.D. — As we approach the home stretch of the 2018 campaigns North Dakota's Democrats are trying to make a campaign issue out of a lawsuit challenging the legality of Obamacare. Former Congressman Earl Pomeroy, not to mention his former employee U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider, have been all but accusing Republicans of wanting to hurt people with this lawsuit.
Last month , I wrote about a drug case out of Stutsman County where a massive amount of seized drugs were suppressed as evidence because the traffic stop made by Deputy Matt Thom was unconstitutional.
At a recent town hall event a number of people stood to complain about being intimidated by armed federal agents who come to discuss conservation easements on their property.
Over the weekend my colleague John Hageman wrote an article about the third party attack ads which are flooding North Dakota’s Senate race now, something which will be the case until November.
MINOT, N.D.—In 2009 the North Dakota Legislature passed a constitutional amendment to create a fund out of a portion of taxes on oil and gas development. It was approved by the voters, as all constitutional amendments in our state must be, in the 2010 election. Today what is now called the Legacy Fund has a balance of going on $5 billion and is widely praised by newspaper editors and politicians and gadflies from around the state as one of the wisest policy moves our state has made in decades.