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Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Heidi Heitkamp Leaked Her Fundraising Numbers Early Because She Didn’t Want You to See Where the Money Came From

Heidi Heitkamp Leaked Her Fundraising Numbers Early Because She Didn’t Want You to See Where the Money Came From

When a politician leaks information about their campaign finances to the media ahead of actually releasing their legally required report it’s usually because they want the public to focus on one aspect of the report and not others. Once all the journalists are done reporting on the leaked figures the report itself can seem like

Rep. Rick Becker on New Voter ID Bill: “All You Have to Have Is Enough Gumption to Go in and Get an ID”

“If you’re an actual resident I can’t imagine it getting easier,” state Rep. Rick Becker said of new voter ID legislation which passed earlier this week. HB1369 is now before Governor Doug Burgum and some, including the Grand Forks Herald editorial board, are urging a veto. But Becker says the legislation is prudent, and an

House Passes Bill Capping Property Taxes, Will Senate Follow Suit?

I’ve been writing recently about the political risk property taxes represent for North Dakota’s Republicans in the upcoming election. While this legislative session has seen a lot of budget headaches most North Dakotans aren’t going to feel much in pain. Thus, the political ramifications for the cuts are pretty minor I think. But property taxes

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senator Elizabeth Warren Would Really, Really Like You to Re-Elect Heidi Heitkamp

Earlier this year the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that they were launching an ad campaign against North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, trying to tie her voting record to that of far-left Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. “During her time in Washington, Heidi Heitkamp has positioned herself squarely on the left, voting with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he speaks at his New York presidential primary night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

What if Those Demanding Trump’s Taxes Are the New Birthers?

Remember the birther movement? It was an ugly bit of American politics from the Obama era. In fact, our current President was a major figure in birtherism. The conspiracy, for the uninitiated, was that President Obama isn’t really a naturally-born U.S. citizen and thus was ineligible to be President. Feeding into the conspiracy was President

Raising Taxes on Businesses Is a Good Way to Hurt North Dakota

North Dakota is very much beholden to commodity prices. Our state is dominated by industries which produce products – be they crops or coal or oil – of variable value. Oil prices are, in particular, notoriously volatile as our lawmakers in Bismarck slashing budgets to make up for revenue shortfalls are well aware of. This

Slow Blogging Today

I won’t be keeping up my usual pace of blogging today as I’m on the road. The folks at the Lignite Energy Council were kind enough to invite me down to their annual meeting in Bismarck today to talk about media and communications. It’s a fun opportunity. While I use the blog and social media

Congressman Kevin Cramer

Audio: Rep. Kevin Cramer Says It’s “Amazing How Much Democrats…Like to Pretend Their Losses Are Victories”

Republicans survived intense special election challenges from Democrats in Kansas and (so far) Georgia. The latter is subject to a runoff election after no candidates got a majority of the vote in the general election, but in both instances the left has been trying to suggest that their almost wins portend something bad for Republicans

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