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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., met with farmers and farm leaders at the NDSU Carrington Extension Research Center Friday to talk about the Senate version of the farm bill and concerns with loss of foreign markets due to tariffs. Keith Norman / Forum News Service

National Democrats Say North Dakota’s Senate Race Is Trending Away From Them

National Democrats Say North Dakota’s Senate Race Is Trending Away From Them

Interesting article from the Washington Post today profiling two Democratic Senate incumbents running for re-election in states President Trump won by wide margins in 2016, each candidate with a starkly different outlook on how things are going. In West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin seems to be doing well. Political prognosticators see that race trending in

Dina Butcher delivers a proposed ballot measure creating an ethics commission to Secretary of State Al Jaeger. Pictures center, in the back, is fellow measure organizer Ellen Chaffee.

Ballot Measure Activists Supposedly Promoting Transparency in Government Still Won’t Come Clean on How They Got Their Signatures

Last week I noted that a group calling itself the North Dakotans for Public Integrity (despite being largely funded by Hollywood celebrity activists) had, per disclosures their campaign made to the state, paid some $260,000 to collect signatures for their ballot measure to amend the state constitution and create an ethics commission. “North Dakota has

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., addresses the Bismarck Lions Club on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 during Congresses fall recess. (TJ Jerke)

“I’m Not a Big Believer in Endorsements” Says Senate Candidate Furiously Touting Endorsement

Based on the way the Heidi Heitkamp campaign has been touting it, you’d think the endorsement the incumbent got from Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown were the biggest development in our nationally noteworthy U.S. Senate race. Weeks after the endorsement happened on July 11 the Heitkamp campaign is still touting it. Just like Grand Forks

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. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Koch Brothers Group Says They Won’t Be Backing Kevin Cramer in His Senate Race Against Heidi Heitkamp

This probably doesn’t matter very much: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The political groups affiliated with billionaire conservative businessman Charles Koch will not support Rep. Kevin Cramer’s (R-N.D.) bid against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), citing Cramer’s record on spending. “He’s inconsistent across the board on these issues and that makes it hard to support him,” said

FILE -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), exits the lobby of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Dec. 2, 2016. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

Schumer Asks His Democrats to Slow Walk Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee and Heidi Heitkamp Appears to Be Listening

According to this report in Politico Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is urging his caucus to sandbag the confirmation process of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “All Chuck ever says in caucus [meetings], it’s pretty well known: ‘Keep your powder dry. Don’t commit. Stay as neutral as you can, as long as

Dina Butcher delivers a proposed ballot measure creating an ethics commission to Secretary of State Al Jaeger. Pictures center, in the back, is fellow measure organizer Ellen Chaffee.

Ethics Ballot Measure Committee Paid $260,000 to Collect Signatures Despite Claiming It Was a “Volunteer” Effort

A group calling itself the North Dakotans for Public Integrity announced earlier this week that their ballot measure, which would amend the state constitution to (among other things) create an ethics commission, was certified for the November ballot. In their press release announcing the news they give the impression that they collected the signatures to

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) confer during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 12, 2018. Heitkamp, Donnelly and other red-state Democratic senators up for election this year are in a difficult bind over the open Supreme Court seat. (Tom Brenner/ Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Despite Heitkamp Trailing in the Polls National Democrats Make North Dakota’s Senate Seat a “Second Tier” Race

Based on the publicly available polling data we have in North Dakota’s Senate race it sure looks like Heidi Heitkamp is running for re-election from behind. Since February three out of four public polls from a variety of sources have shown Heitkamp’s challenger, Congressman Kevin Cramer, with a consistent lead in the 4 – 5

A sign for the Cannonball Ranch near the site of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

One of North Dakota’s Biggest Proponents of the Corporate Farming Ban May Have Inadvertently Triggered Its Demise

Back in 2016, as political extremists demonstrated violently against the Dakota Access Pipeline the owner of the historic Cannonball Ranch – through which the pipeline was constructed – found himself fed up with the situation and sold the land to the company building the pipeline. He continues to ranch there, but the pipeline company now

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., attends a hearing in January 2017 to discuss the role of in facilitating human trafficking. Photo courtesy of Heitkamp's office.

Heidi Heitkamp Comes Out Against Trade War Mitigation Her Political Mentor Supported

I think we can adapt the Shirky Principle to politics by saying that politicians are opposed to fixing problems that are politically advantageous to them. An example of this is Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s recent posturing around the issue of President Trump’s trade war which is creating some undeniable headaches for North Dakota’s agriculture industry. Soybean

Law enforcement seized Aaron Dorn's 2003 Chevrolet Silverado in his arrest during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Nov. 24, 2016, in Mandan. Despite his acquittal on charges from that day, he's still involved in a legal battle for the return of his truck in civil asset forfeiture proceedings. Submitted photo

The State of North Dakota Should Give This #NoDAPL Protester His Truck Back

The #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline were, unfortunately, an exercise in violence and political extremism. That said, that the State of North Dakota would use civil asset forfeiture laws to keep the property of a protester acquitted of charges seems an injustice, yet that seems to be exactly what’s happening to New  York