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Treasurer Kelly Schmidt: How Congress Can Support Investment in Our Communities

Treasurer Kelly Schmidt: How Congress Can Support Investment in Our Communities

This guest post was submitted by North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt As state and municipal finance officers, we have a responsibility to safely and prudently manage the investment of taxpayer funds. For more than 40 years, money market funds have supported that objective by providing access to convenient and safe cash management accounts that pay

Senator Heidi Heitkamp stands near President Donald Trump as he delivers remarks ahead of signing a banking bill into law. YouTube

Trump Enters Senate Race, Says Heitkamp “Always Will Vote No When We Need Her”

After weeks of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign pushing a narrative which held that President Donald Trump – a man who in the 2016 cycle the Democrats were describing as vile and unfit for office – liked Heitkamp more than her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer. Heitkamp has also invested a lot of money and political capital

Former state Senator Mac Schneider applauds during his time in the Legislature. Schneider lost re-election to the state Senate in 2016 but is running for the U.S. House in 2018. File photo / Forum News Service

Heidi Heitkamp and Mac Schneider’s Political Party Votes to Ostracize the Oil and Gas Industry

This is not good news for North Dakota Democrats: The DNC quietly voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned. https://t.co/A75ecxwrFU — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 12, 2018 It’s an election year, so the Democrats like Senator Heidi Heitkamp and House candidate Mac Schneider are calling themselves independents instead

Podcast: DNC Ban on Oil and Gas Contributions Is Why North Dakota Democrats Are “Almost Non-Existent” Says Cramer

On the radio show today, U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong talked about the transition from a primary race into the general election. I asked him about the fight over illegal immigration taking place in the House right now, and the legal wrangling over President Trump’s efforts to end the DACA program through executive order. “I’d

Former Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

When Will Gardner Decline the Secretary of State Nomination?

Last night Will Gardner won the Republican Secretary of State nomination with over 54,000 votes. This despite Gardner withdrawing earlier this year amid scandal related to a 2006 disorderly conduct conviction for peeping on college girls in their dorms at North Dakota State University with his pants undone. Absent some action from Gardner his name

Donald Trump speaks to the crowd in a hangar at the Bong Airport on April 6, 2016. Trump is scheduled to appear at a campaign rally in Duluth on June 20. (News Tribune file photo)

Poll: Trump’s Approval in North Dakota Is Down From His Early Days in Office but Steady

According to polling from Morning Consult, President Donald Trump’s approval rating in North Dakota is down significantly from the early days of his administration, though it’s been relatively since that drop-off last year. This is important because Trump has become a big factor in North Dakota’s statewide races. Particularly in the U.S. Senate race which

House Candidate Kelly Armstrong Clearly Has Some Work to Do in Reuniting Republicans

I wrote earlier this morning about the overall numbers from last night’s primary vote. There were no really competitive races on the statewide ballot, nor were there any statewide ballot measures, but one race did jump out at me with some interesting results. The race for the Republican U.S. House nomination featured four candidates: NDGOP-endorsed

Primary election voting began at 7 a.m. June 12, 2018. Forum file photo

North Dakota Republicans Nearly Double Democrats in Strong Midterm Year Primary Turnout

Voter turnout for last night’s primary election was surprisingly strong statewide despite a lack of competitive races on the statewide ballot, or even a single ballot measure. And the fact that this is a midterm election year and turnout is typically down anyway. As of this morning there were over 114,000 ballots cast, good for

Congressman Kevin Cramer visits with Madison Rodgers, left, and Sierra Heitkamp of the North Dakota Young Republicans Friday at the state Republican convention at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Cramer Campaign Staffer Was Aware of Will Gardner’s Disorderly Conduct Conviction, Says He Didn’t Know About the Peeping

My print column for Wednesday is online already. It’s about the increasingly bizarre dynamics of North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer. I wanted to flag a part of the column in a blog post, however, because I think it’s important. Cramer campaign staffer Jared Hendrix, who