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Signs outside of Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

How Can Heitkamp’s Vote Against Kavanaugh Be Both Politically Risky and the Right Vote for North Dakota?

How Can Heitkamp’s Vote Against Kavanaugh Be Both Politically Risky and the Right Vote for North Dakota?

There’s no question that the debate over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has put Senator Heidi Heitkamp in some hot political water. As I wrote in my Sunday print column, it was tanking her re-election chances even before the Senator announced she’d be voting against his confirmation. So it’s no

Demonstrators protest against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 4, 2018. As senators read FBI interview transcripts Thursday, the White House is confident that the new background check on Kavanaugh has improved his claim to the Supreme Court. (Zach Gibson/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

We’ve Got to Find a Way to Disagree Without Hatred Again

“When the Left is already screaming at people in public and doxxing them and staking out their homes, what does it look like for them to fight all the harder?” asks Ben Domenech in a column today for The Federalist. It’s a sobering question. A common tactic in politics is to portray the opposition in

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks to reporters before a procedural vote to move forward Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 5, 2018. Heitkamp, who is facing a difficult re-election bid this year, voted no, but the Republican majority held, 51-49; the Senate's final vote could come as early as Saturday. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Heidi Heitkamp Is Trying to Be the Dixie Chicks of Believing Uncorroborated Sexual Assault Accusations

Remember the Dixie Chicks? They were a hugely popular bluegrass and country music act in the early 2000’s who immolated their careers when, while performing before a foreign audience during the Iraq invasion, they said they were ashamed of President George W. Bush. The result was backlash from the country music fan base from which

Wes Belter: Who Is You, Senator Heitkamp?

This guest post was submitted by Wes Belter who represented District 22 in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1985 to 2016. Senator Heitkamp says “The only one I listen to is you.” Now we know what she means by “you.” In Heitkamp’s world, “you” means east and west coast senators like Schumer, Feinstein,

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

Jay Schuler

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