Author Archives: Rob Port

Podcast: Senator Hoeven Says Trump Must Find a Way to Enforce Immigration Law Without Breaking up Families

Podcast: Senator Hoeven Says Trump Must Find a Way to Enforce Immigration Law Without Breaking up Families

  On my radio show today I spoke with Senator John Hoeven about the issues with separating children at the border from parents/adults charged with crossing that border illegally. “They need to find a way where we do both, we enforce the law and keep children together,” he told me. Hoeven said he voted for

A screen capture from a recent television ad run by Senator Heidi Heitkamp's re-election campaign.

Can We Pause for a Moment to Reflect on the Absurdity of Heitkamp’s Campaign Bragging About Her Pro-Trump Voting Record?

It’s no secret that, for weeks now, North Dakota Democrats and the campaign of their top candidate, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, have been bragging about their candidate’s pro-Trump voting record? Yes, I’ve written about that a lot lately, but I’m still chuckling at Heitkamp’s campaign staffers furiously Tweeting a recent Associated Press “fact check” of Heitkamp’s

Survey Says 52 Percent of North Dakotans Consider Themselves Conservative, 10 Percent See Themselves as Liberals

WPA Intelligence, a Washington D.C.-based polling and research firm, recently presented some findings from research they did in North Dakota to the North Dakota Republican Party. You can see their full presentation below. There are some interesting details. For instance, this breakdown in how North Dakotans align in terms of ideology: Not surprisingly, North Dakota

Politifact: Ad From Heitkamp Allies Attacking Cramer on Social Security and Medicare Is “Half True”

Last week I pointed out that an ad from the Senate Majority PAC, the talking points for which were disseminated by the Heitkamp campaign in an end run around FEC laws prohibiting that sort of coordination, claimed that Congressman Kevin Cramer was promoting cuts to Social Security and Medicare as a way to fix budget

The Fargo City Commission

The Goal of Gender Parity in Elected Office Is as Dumb as It Is Insulting

Voters in North Dakota have no problem casting ballots for female candidates. We know this because women routinely win elections at the state and local levels. It’s absolutely true that there are more men then women in elected office in our state. But then it’s also true that a lot more men than women choose

North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer speaks Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the ND GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo of his choice to endorse Donald Trump for president. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Cramer Leads Heitkamp in Average of Publicly Available Polls Going Back to February

Calling the horse race in North Dakota’s political races is tough because our state doesn’t typically get a whole lot of publicly available polling. In the Senate race, however, we have now have the results of three polls available publicly. Based on an average of those three polls, Congressman Kevin Cramer has a slight lead

State Rep. Andrew Maragos speaks to fellow Republican Bob Martin.

Minot Republican, Defeated in the Primary for His House Race, Considers Unusual Independent Run for the Senate

On primary day last week incumbent state Rep. Andrew Maragos, a Republican from District 3 in Minot, was defeated along with his running mate Alan Walter by two political newcomers named Jeff Hoverson and Bob Paulson. The vote, as you can see, was close: This morning I heard a rumor that Maragos might be considering

Gary Emineth

Podcast: Non-Citizen Voting Ballot Measure Has Approximately 15,000 Signatures and $100,000 From an Out of State Mystery Group

Gary Emineth joined me on the radio show today to talk about the ballot measure he’s backing which amends North Dakota’s constitution to ban non-citizen voting (read it at the link). Emineth, who is also running for the state Senate as a Republican in Bismarck, responded to some critics of the measure who say it’s

People gather in front of the stage before the start of the March for Our Lives rally on Saturday in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges

Anti-Gun Parkland Students Expected to Visit Fargo/Moorhead, Bismarck, and Standing Rock This Month

This summer some of the students from Parkland High School, those who are now being used in messaging campaigns by the gun control movement, will be taking a bus tour through the midwest to bring their anti-gun narrative to the heartland. There are going to be at least a few stops in our area later

Minnesota’s Falling Health Insurance Premiums Are Hardly a Sign of Obamacare Stability

“Minnesota health insurers propose lower premiums,” read a headline from the¬†Minneapolis StarTribune late last week. According to the reporting under the headline there will be some premium drops for individual health insurance plans in that state’s market, and supposedly this is a sign of stability. from Obamacare. “Health insurers in Minnesota‚Äôs individual market say they