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Senator Heidi Heitkamp appears in an ad her opponent's campaign manager describes as "ridiculous" and "discredited." YouTube

Cramer Campaign Asks Heitkamp to Take Down “Discredited” Ad About Pre-Existing Conditions

Cramer Campaign Asks Heitkamp to Take Down “Discredited” Ad About Pre-Existing Conditions

Pat Finken, manager for Congressman Kevin Cramer’s U.S. Senate campaign, has sent the Heitkamp campaign an email asking them to take down an ad he says has been “discredited.” Here’s a screenshot of the email he sent Heitkcamp campaign manager Libby Schneider, which he also provided to me: Here’s the ad Finken is talking about.

A pamphlet at the Altru Business Center lists ways to maintain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Insurance Commissioner Stands by Numbers Showing Obamacare Didn’t Improve North Dakota Uninsured Rates

A letter to the editor over the weekend accuses me of being factually inaccurate in a recent post which pointed out that Obamacare hasn’t made health insurance cheaper and hasn’t, for North Dakota, improved the uninsured rates. It’s an important topic, because Democrats like Senator Heidi Heitkamp are campaigning on the idea that Republicans want

North Dakota State football fans Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Don’t Crack Down on the Secondary Market for Bison Tickets

“True fans wouldn’t try to turn a profit from Bison tickets,” reads the headline over a letter to the editor in the Fargo Forum today. The letter’s author is upset over some NDSU football fans looking to maximize their return for tickets they’re selling on the secondary market. “I think it is really great that

Insurance Commissioner Says Heitkamp Campaign Claims About Uninsured Are “Irresponsible at Best”

If you’ve been paying attention to North Dakota’s Senate campaign these days – it’s been kind of hard to miss! – you know that Senator Heidi Heitkamp and the Democrats are attacking Republicans over the issue of health insurance. They claim that Republican efforts to overturn the law, legislatively and through the courts, will result

N.D. Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks during a question-and-answer session Wednesday afternoon with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

What Heidi Heitkamp Isn’t Talking About: Obamacare Didn’t Improve the Uninsured Problem and It Didn’t Make Insurance Cheaper

With early voting beginning next month we are fast approaching the zenith in North Dakota’s nationally important U.S. Senate race (or the nadir, depending on how cynical you are). In the home stretch Democrats have turned to a robust defense of Obamacare as a life preserver for their incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp who is trailing

North Dakotans Projected to Receive $34 Million in Bonus Tax Relief Thanks to the Trump Tax Cuts

“Tax reform projected to decrease North Dakota revenue,” reads a headline from Bismarck Tribune reporter Amy Dalrymple. That’s one way to look at it, I suppose. Of course, from the perspective of the taxpayer, it means more money in our pockets. Not only are North Dakotans benefiting more from the Trump tax cuts (the ones

Measure 1 proponents Susan Wefald and Dina Butcher, left, sit on a panel with opponents Geoff Simon and state Rep. Jim Kasper, right. The panel was hosted in Bismarck by the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce.

Asking Tough Questions Isn’t Bias

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate a debate over Measure 1 at the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce’s annual Policy Summit. It’s a great event, and we had a great discussion, but a letter to the editor in the Fargo Forum yesterday criticized my performance as moderator. “The first sign of this

Attorney Says Plain Reading of Recreational Marijuana Measure Means It Legalizes Driving While Stoned

Mark Friese is a defense attorney with the Vogel Law Firm in Fargo. He supports decriminalizing marijuana for recreational use. He also says he’s “more than likely” to vote for the ballot measure to make recreational marijuana legal in North Dakota in November (it will be Measure 3 on the ballot). But when two law

Stop Creating False Equivalency Between Lawful Speakers and Those Who Try to Silence Them

Over the weekend there was a demonstration organized by 2nd amendment supporters in opposition to a proposed ballot measure instituting new gun control laws. They held what they branded as a “Liberty or Death” rally outside of Seattle’s city hall. They were targeted by left-wind demonstrators who showed up and tried to disrupt the rally.

Pro-Israel Group Hits Heitkamp on Iran Vote, Says She Voted to Unlock “$150 Billion for Global Terror”

A pro-Israel group has launched an ad, with a $225,000 buy behind it according to their press release, ripping Senator Heidi Heitkamp for supporting the Obama administration’s deal with Iran. The ad features Marine veteran Grant Neal telling the audience that the deal “unlocked $150 billion for global terror.” The ad “will air on Fargo