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Print Column: The Fight Over Kavanaugh Is Tanking Heitkamp’s Campaign

Print Column: The Fight Over Kavanaugh Is Tanking Heitkamp’s Campaign

MINOT, N.D. — By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won’t hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The mean-spirited, thoroughly repugnant

Podcast: Former DNC Executive Director Says He Doesn’t Believe Heitkamp Can Win

Brian Lunde, a former executive director of the Democratic National Committee and a long-time operative in national Democratic politics, joined me on the radio show today. He doesn’t see how Senator Heidi Heitkamp can win re-election. And he said that before she announced she’s voting against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “I’ve never

FILE -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks with reporters on her way to a weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2018. Republicans believe Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could help them retain control of the Senate in the midterm elections but cause a backlash among women and independent voters, hurting GOP chances in House races. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Reporter: Senator Heitkamp “Literally Running Scared” From Reporters

Earlier today Senate candidate Kevin Cramer took calls on my radio show from listeners. One of the topics which came up, not surprisingly, was the Kavanaugh confirmation controversy. Cramer got after Heitkamp a bit for what he says is a squandering of North Dakota’s influence over that process by her refusal to make a decision

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Jay Schuler’s Resignation Is a Symptom of This Ugly Moment in American Politics

On Monday, October 1, at 9:23am North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler sent an email with his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from his official state email account to employees of the Commerce Department. By 10:06am a Democratic state lawmaker named Erin Oban, who represents a Bismarck area district in

Print Column: Heitkamp’s Political Party Is Out to Destroy Kavanaugh and Her Campaign Is Collateral Damage

MINOT, N.D.—According to polling commissioned by North Dakota NBC news affiliates and released this week, Congressman Kevin Cramer is leading incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp by 10 points, 51 to 41 percent with 8 percent undecided. I’ve long felt Cramer is winning. The last publicly released poll showing Heitkamp with a lead happened in late February.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) at a Judiciary Committee executive session before taking a vote to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court out of committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 28, 2018. Flake’s last-minute decision to force an extended FBI investigation of Kavanaugh wasn’t what most Republicans wanted, but it could end up easing the way for the nominee’s Supreme Court confirmation, columnist Carl Hulse says. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

The Problem With Agreeing to an FBI Investigation of Kavanaugh Is Assuming Democrats Are Objecting in Good Faith

Last week when retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake dropped a bomb on the confirmation proceedings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying a prerequisite for his yes vote would be a short and focused FBI investigation, I suspect his motivations were pure. I think he truly believed he was doing the right thing, allowing a

Podcast: Former Kavanaugh Co-Worker Sara Fagen, Kris Cramer, Josh Boschee

On the radio show today Kris Cramer, wife to and campaign manager for Senate candidate Kevin Cramer, joined me to talk about Democratic attacks on her work for her husband. Also Sara Fagen, who worked with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush administration, shared her reflections on the man and the

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on the “Oversight of Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children from Human Trafficking and Abuse” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 16, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Will Heitkamp Vote for Hate or Kavanaugh?

Yesterday’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a cathartic moment after weeks of hate and invective aimed at Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The nominee’s righteous indignation aimed at the committee members was something to behold. He was angry, and I’m not sure how anyone not blinkered by partisanship could conclude that the

Podcast: ACLU Says They’ll Consider Litigation Against Measure 1 if It Passes, Christine Blasey Ford Testifies

Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU in North Dakota, joined me today to talk about her group’s opposition to Measure 1. That’s the “ethics” or “anti-corruption” measure, but the ACLU sees serious problems if it passes from a 1st amendment perspective. Smith tells me that they haven’t made a decision yet, but if Measure

Christine Blasey Ford appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Blasey is to testify about her accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Poll: Majority of North Dakota Voters Want Kavanaugh Confirmed Including Plurality of Females

A survey conducted by North Star Opinion Research (an organization with a B rating from FiveThirtyEight.com), and commissioned by the Judicial Crisis Network, finds that a majority of North Dakota voters, including a plurality of female voters, supports the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. The polling memo is below. “North Dakota voters say that Judge Kavanaugh