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Video: Senator Heitkamp, Who Still Hasn’t Congratulated Senator-Elect Cramer, Delivers Angry and Tearful Farewell Speech

Video: Senator Heitkamp, Who Still Hasn’t Congratulated Senator-Elect Cramer, Delivers Angry and Tearful Farewell Speech

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s last address on the floor of the U.S. Senate today came off less like a graceful farewell than a not terribly coherent stump speech delivered with tearful emotion and a rambling sort of vitriol. She sounded at times like a peeved schoolmarm lecturing we bad boys and girls about how we have

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp concedes the North Dakota senate race, at an election night event in Fargo, N.D., Nov. 6, 2018. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)

Maybe Heidi Heitkamp Could Give Some of Her Left Over Money to Her Campaign’s Victims

Senator Heidi Heitkamp has a lot of money left over from her unsuccessful 2018 campaign. Earlier this year the Senator’s vote against confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh bought her a tidal wave of money from left wing political donors across the country. “So much money was flowing into North Dakota that it appears she had

House Minority Leader Rep. Cory Mock, D-Grand Forks, right, answers questions along with Senate assistant minority leader Sen. John Grabinger, at a press conference in Bismarck on Tuesday requesting North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to withdraw from a Texas lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. Bismarck Tribune photo

Pro-Obamacare Lawsuit, Filed by North Dakota Democrats as a Campaign Gambit, Smacked Down by Judge

When it’s an election year in North Dakota we know at some point left wing interests will probably file some frivolous lawsuit to manufacture headlines, and that invariably these lawsuits will fail on their merits once the election is over. The most notorious example is from the 2012 cycle when the Dakota Resource Council and

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) talks to voters at AFL-CIO House of Labor in Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 5, 2018. (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Senator Heidi Heitkamp: “I Think I’m Done With Electoral Politics”

After losing big on election day to Republican Kevin Cramer, many wondered what the future might hold for outgoing Senator Heidi Heitkamp. North Dakota Democrats have struggled mightily to recruit candidates for some time now. In fact, the only Democrat to win in the statewide ballot in North Dakota since 2008 is Heitkamp, who was

Supporters and opponents of Measure 1 debate the proposal at a Chamber of Commerce event in Bismarck.

These Are the Changes Lawmakers Will Have to Make to Comply With Measure 1

Despite it being a terrible (and blatantly unconstitutional, in many regards) proposal, North Dakota voters approved Measure 1 in the election last week. I believe the measure should be immediately challenged in court, but probably before that can happen the Legislature has some work to do.  Because in many areas the ballot measure’s language requires

Addiction counselor Kristie Spooner and Luke Niforatos, chief of staff and senior policy adviser for the national group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, hold a sign about a new group that has formed to fight legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota. Spooner is chairwoman of the organization. Barry Amundson / Forum News Service

North Dakotans Vote Down Recreational Marijuana but Re-Elect Drunk Drivers

This letter to the Fargo Forum from Aaron Forde, reacting to my post yesterday about the forgiving attitude North Dakota voters seem to have for politicians who behave irresponsibly with alcohol, makes a lot of sense. Forde points out that, even as North Dakota voters cast their ballots for drunk drivers on the statewide and local

The Heitkamps Think They’re Entitled to Deference, and That’s Exactly Why They Shouldn’t Hold Power

If Senator Heidi Heitkamp had won re-election last week and some Republican took to the internet to complain about how Kevin Cramer might have won instead had the incumbent reined in her talk radio host brother I think Democrats would have had a good laugh. As well they should. Whining about that sort of thing

House Minority Leader Rep. Cory Mock, D-Grand Forks, right, answers questions along with Senate assistant minority leader Sen. John Grabinger, at a press conference in Bismarck on Tuesday requesting North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to withdraw from a Texas lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. Bismarck Tribune photo

Does North Dakota Really Need Democrats?

The Fargo Forum editorial on Sunday argues North Dakota needs more partisan balance. “No political party, no matter how successful at the ballot box, has a monopoly on good ideas,” they argue. “Public policy benefits when it results from robust debate and clashing viewpoints are melded, incorporating the best ideas from competing sides.” I agree! The

North Dakota Voters Are Very Forgiving of Politicians Who Struggle With Alcohol

Here’s a wild story out of Walsh County (a rural community north of Grand Forks). Shortly before election day, on November 2nd, Walsh County Commissioner Ernest George Barta was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. The details: The Record reports that officers had been on the lookout for a vehicle that

Print Column: Measure 1 Should Be Challenged in Court Immediately

MINOT, N.D. — Measure 1, approved by 54 percent of North Dakota voters this last week, is a clear example of the deep flaws in legislating at the ballot box. I don’t blame busy voters, inundated with messaging from a myriad of campaigns, for approving the measure. Most of them probably heard little about it

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