Author Archives: Rob Port

Podcast: New U.S. House Candidate Kelly Armstrong Declines Opportunity to Criticize Opponents, Says He’s Going to “Stand on My Record”

Podcast: New U.S. House Candidate Kelly Armstrong Declines Opportunity to Criticize Opponents, Says He’s Going to “Stand on My Record”

The audio from today’s radio show is below. If you’d like to get it delivered to your devices daily, click here and subscribe to the podcast. State Senator Kelly Armstrong joined me today to talk about the campaign for the U.S. House he launched this week. “After Kevin and Kris decided to take the leap

President Donald Trump participates in a discussion that included survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, at the White House in Washington, Feb. 21, 2018. “We’re going to do something about this horrible situation,” Trump said at the event's outset, adding that his administration would be “very strong on background checks.” (Tom Brenner/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Trump’s Call to Arm Teachers Is Kind of Dumb

Pressed for a solution to mass shootings, President Donald Trump has said he’d like to see armed teachers in our schools. Which is kind of dumb. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against guns in schools. Making our nation’s K-12 schools and campuses “gun free zones” don’t make them safer. They make them targets. I’d

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Dave Wallis / The Forum

On Gun Control Will Heitkamp Side With North Dakotans or Her Hollywood Fundraisers?

“Dems want gun control, but worry it could cost them midterms,” a headline from The Hill reads. Left-wing groups are investing a lot of activism in the gun control issue, capitalizing (sort of ghoulishly) on the tragedy in Florida, but that’s probably not news for some Democrats tasked with getting elected in states and districts

Podcast: Congressman Cramer Says “I Love the NRA”

The podcast for today’s radio show is available. If you’d like the audio delivered to your devices daily, click here and subscribe. Congressman Kevin Cramer joined me for his weekly open phones segment. Not surprisingly, he got some questions about gun control and the NRA. “Yeah I actually am,” he said in response to one

After Disastrous 2016 Election Cycle ND Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen Stepping Down to Run for Tax Commissioner

It’s pretty unusual in state politics that the leaders of both of the state’s major political parties are stepping down from those positions to take a run at statewide elected office. First it was NDGOP chair (and state Senator) Kelly Armstrong announcing that he’ll be running for the U.S. House. He’ll be making that announcement

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat from North Dakota, addresses a crowd at the F-M Labor Temple in Fargo on Monday, Aug. 15. Robin Huebner / The Forum

Heitkamp’s Union Allies Canceled Meeting With Cramer on the Day He Announced Senate Campaign

“North Dakotans aren’t interested in petty political infighting and want a U.S. Senator who works with Republicans and Democrats to find real solutions just as I have done during my time in the Senate,” Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp said in a statement responding to the news that three-term House incumbent Kevin Cramer would be challenging

NRSC Hits “High Five Heidi” in New Radio Ad

It will be months before we know who the winner in North Dakota’s Senate race will be. Either Republican Kevin Cramer or Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp will be in that Senate seat come January 2019. We can declare one winner in February of 2018: Local media. The ad buys in the race are already beginning

Tiffany Abentroth is seeking the North Dakota Republican Party nomination for the state's sole U.S. House of Representatives seat, the seat now occupied by Kevin Cramer. Abentroth said she is running to represent all people of North Dakota. Screenshot via Facebook

Podcast: Mystery Republican House Candidate Tiffany Abentroth Talks About U.S. House Campaign

On my radio show today U.S. House candidate Tiffany Abentroth, a Republican, said my description of her as a “mystery candidate” helped drive a lot of interest to her campaign. She described herself as a 15 year Marine Corps veteran – she’s currently serving in the reserves – and said she just returned from Afghanistan

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Ballot Measure to Raise North Dakota’s Oil Tax Does a Belly Flop

A week ago I wrote about a ballot measure to raise the state’s oil taxes – one backed by current and former Democratic lawmakers – was getting a cool reception even from some of the state’s left-of-center groups. Organizations like North Dakota United (the combined teacher and public worker unions) as well as the North

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