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President Donald Trump arrives to a rally at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pa., Oct. 10, 2018. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

A Political Rally Sounds Like a Fine Place for the President to Be During a Hurricane

A Political Rally Sounds Like a Fine Place for the President to Be During a Hurricane

“Trump bets there’s no downside to campaigning as hurricane rages,” reads a headline from CNN. “President Donald Trump tempted fate and nature by declining to cancel an optically risky campaign rally and fundraiser even as the most powerful hurricane in a quarter century thrashed across the Florida Panhandle,” the articles lede proclaims. That’s right. There is political risk

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Trump Tax Cuts Result in Money Back From Electric Company and No Rate Hikes for Three Years

Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted against the Trump tax cuts arguing they wouldn’t be all that beneficial for the economy. Back during her 2012 campaign she called for higher taxes. During the 2016 election cycle Heitkamp campaigned hard for Hillary Clinton who said that President Trump’s policies “would throw us into a recession.” But right now the

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) during a hearing about homeland threats before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with leadership of Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 10, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Connie Krapp: Heitkamp and Collins, Heart Over Head?

This guest post was submitted by Connie Krapp, a Jamestown resident who worked for a North Dakota electric cooperative for 22 years. Sunday night on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” two female senators, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Maine Sen. Susan Collins, were interviewed about their votes on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The path

Podcast: Cramer Says Polling Lead Has Him Fighting “Complacency” in Campaign, NRA Says Kavanaugh Vote Drew Them to Oppose Heitkamp

On the radio show today, NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said it was Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s vote against appointing Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court which drew them to endorse in the North Dakota Senate race. “WE were kind of laying low in this race,” she told me, but when Heitkamp voted against Kavanaugh “that sealed

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, while testifying at a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Sept. 5, 2018. Dorsey, and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, were testifying on Wednesday about their companies’ response to foreign interference in elections and the moderation of online content. (Eric Thayer/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Twitter Isn’t Harming Journalism, Journalists on Twitter Are

John Ziegler, writing at Mediate, has an interesting piece today headlined “The Top Ten Ways That Twitter Has Greatly Harmed Journalism and Destroyed Our Public Discourse.” An excerpt: I have written before about some of the many problems which exist with Twitter, the platform which now, partly because of President Trump’s love of the outlet,

Heidi Heitkamp Calls for Civility While Running Campaign Ads Calling Her Opponent an Extremist

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she disagrees with erstwhile presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s claim in a CNN interview that, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.” “That’s ridiculous,” Heitkamp said in her own CNN interview with Anderson Cooper. “I mean I can’t imagine how you get anything

Print Column: The Left Wants to Marginalize States Like North Dakota in National Politics

MINOT, N.D. — As Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court over the weekend mobs of angry protesters sowed chaos in our nation’s capital. For the sin of not treating uncorroborated accusations as gospel, these left wing activists promised they are going to take the gloves off. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot, along with

Podcast: Heitkamp’s Handling of Sex Abuse Case in the 1990’s, Burgum’s Fiscal Record, Opposition to Measure 3

On the radio show today we talked extensively about the bombshell Fox News story about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s handling of a physical/sexual investigation involving a Native American school back in the 1990’s when she was Attorney General. Also Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute talked about their ranking North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum as the

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is seeking re-election in November, in Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Report: As Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp Didn’t Push for Prosecution of Sexual Assault and Abuse in the 1990’s

A bit of a bombshell from Fox News this morning: North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp did not push to prosecute individuals responsible for physical and sexual abuse of students when she was the state’s Attorney General, with one accused school employee subsequently sexually assaulting a child. Heitkamp, who served as the North Dakota’s attorney general

Signs outside of Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

How Can Heitkamp’s Vote Against Kavanaugh Be Both Politically Risky and the Right Vote for North Dakota?

There’s no question that the debate over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has put Senator Heidi Heitkamp in some hot political water. As I wrote in my Sunday print column, it was tanking her re-election chances even before the Senator announced she’d be voting against his confirmation. So it’s no

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