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Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., was called to the podium in Bismarck in May 2016 by presidential candidate Donald Trump, who cited Cramer's energy expertise and early backing in his quest for the Republican Party nomination for president. File photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

It Sure Seems Like President Trump Just Snubbed Senate Candidate Kevin Cramer

It Sure Seems Like President Trump Just Snubbed Senate Candidate Kevin Cramer

Weeks ago North Dakota Democrats, and Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign, began pushing a narrative about a potential rift between Heitkamp’s challenger, Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer, and Donald Trump. The state party even went so far as to publish a video mocking Cramer because Heitkamp got to stand closer to Trump than he did during

Former state Sen. Mac Schneider accepts the endorsement for U.S. House at the Democratic convention March 17. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

The Democratic Brand Is So Toxic in North Dakota Democrats Lie and Call Themselves “Independents”

Over the weekend the Grand Forks Herald published an interview with Democratic U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider. In the interview, Schneider described himself as an “independent.” Schneider, the Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, visited for an hour last week with the Herald’s editorial board. The board noted that it

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger

Texts Show McKenzie County Sheriff Making Crude Joke About Opponent, Joking About Violence Against Illegal Immigrants

McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger has had a tumultuous tenure in office. His county commission requested in 2016 that then-Governor Jack Dalrymple remove him from office. He surived that office, however, returning to office last year. Now he’s running for re-election and, with election day next week, some ugly texts he apparently sent to a

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., left, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., share a light moment on statge during a question and answer session during the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting at the Bismarck Event Center on Thursday, April 5. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Is Still Raising a Lot More Money Than Her Opponent Kevin Cramer

Polling numbers of late in North Dakota’s Senate race have been good for Congressman Kevin Cramer, but the most recent fundraising numbers favor Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Both candidates have filed their pre-primary reports with the FEC, covering money raised between April 1 and May 23 of this year, and while Cramer has talked about catching

Kelly Armstrong is joined by his wife, Kjersti, daughter Anna Constance and son, Elias Patrick, on stage at the ND Republican Party convention for the endorsement for Congress at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks Saturday. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Republican House Candidate Kelly Armstrong Has Raised Nearly Triple What His Democratic Opponent Mac Schneider Has

The candidates for U.S. House have filed their pre-primary fundraising reports. Democrat Mac Schneider is running unopposed in the primary. Republican Kelly Armstrong, meanwhile, is opposed by Tiffany Abentroth and Paul Schaffner who lost to Armstrong at the state convention. They’re not likely to be much competition – they got just a few dozen delegate

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is cheered on by delegates at her nomination for the United States Senate at the 2018 ND Democratic convention. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Poll: Heitkamp Approval Goes Underwater Among North Dakotans, 50 Percent Say Elect Someone Else

Morning Consult has released their monthly tracking polling of key states in the midterm elections, and much like last month it’s ugly news for incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. You can read the full polling report here (PDF), but here’s the key data for Heitkamp showing she’s at a -1 net approval rating (44 percent approve,

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at Cirrus Aircrafts' celebration in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Koch Brothers Group Puts Less Than $100 Behind Pro-Heidi Heitkamp Ad on Facebook

Last week Americans for Prosperity, a right-of-center group founded and funded by the Koch brothers, made waves when they announced a digital ad complimenting Democratic Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp for her vote in favor of bank deregulation. Heitkamp and other left wing politicians typically use the Koch brothers as sort of boogey men to motivate

With Heitkamp Touting When She’s Voted With Trump, Cramer Highlights When She Voted Against Him

Late last week Congressman Kevin Cramer’s campaign for the U.S. Senate dropped their first television ad of the 2018 cycle (that previous ad featuring his opponent, incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp, shouting her support for former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was apparently just a digital buy). Here’s the ad: Cramer TV Ad "Tax Cut" from Cramer

Koch Brothers Praise Heidi Heitkamp, Confuse the Hell Out of Everyone

The Koch Brothers and the various groups they fund are a bête noire for our friends on the left. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, currently in the throes of a re-election campaign here in North Dakota, routinely uses messages about those supposedly sinister Koch brothers as a fundraising device. Heck, not so long ago Heitkamp campaign flack

Joining President Donald Trump, left, on stage at the Adeavor Mandan Refinery were from left Sen. John Hoeven, Governor Doug Burgum, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, Rep. Kevin Cramer and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s Democrats, Desperate to Re-Elect Heidi Heitkamp, Suddenly Love Donald Trump

Back in 2016 the North Dakota Democratic Party, as you might expect, were not fans of President Donald Trump. In October 2016 our Democratic friends were pointing out that Republicans had refused to acknowledge that Trump was, according to them, unfit for office. “All of North Dakota’s elected statewide Republicans have refused to distance themselves