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Congressman Kevin Cramer File photo

Cramer Campaign Asks Conservative Political Action Committee to Cease and Desist, Compares Them to “Scam PAC” Operation

Cramer Campaign Asks Conservative Political Action Committee to Cease and Desist, Compares Them to “Scam PAC” Operation

Recently you may have seen a fundraising pitch from a group calling themselves the Conservative Campaign Committee launching a project they’re calling Operation North Dakota. The goal of the operation, per their release on the subject, is to defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, but her opponent Kevin Cramer doesn’t want their help. Ryan Gill,

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

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

Cramer Congratulates Heitkamp for Appointment to Committee Negotiating Farm Bill Despite Previous Partisan Attacks From Her Campaign

When Congressman Kevin Cramer was appointed to be a member of the House conference committee to negotiate the farm bill Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign was livid. Heitkamp spokeswman Julia Krieger, who previously worked for far left attack dog Media Matters, called Cramer’s appointment “politics at its worse.” “Heitkamp campaign spokeswoman Julia Krieger called Cramer’s conference

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

President Donald Trump enters Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Poll: Majority of Americans, Including 81 Percent of Trump Voters, Back President Trump’s “Farmer Bailout”

When President Donald Trump decided to do something about something Republicans and Democrats alike acknowledge is a problem – China’s unfair and often illegal trade practices – it created blow back in the form of China using tariffs to attack products Americans export to that country. Soybeans a notable example from our region. Politically this

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

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., left, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., share a light moment on statge during a question and answer session during the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting at the Bismarck Event Center on Thursday, April 5. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

James Kerian: Cramer vs Heitkamp Race Gives North Dakotans Their Best Ever Chance to Make a National Difference

This guest post was submitted by James Kerian of Grafton, North Dakota. Those of us in North Dakota who follow politics closely are often a little envious of the attention given to the voters of other states. You might sometimes wish you were a voter in Iowa or New Hampshire where they play an outsized

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) speaks at a campaign rally as President Donald Trump looks on at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., June 27, 2018. (Tom Brenner/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Audio: Senate Candidate Kevin Cramer Says Koch Brothers Snub Has Been “Very Good for Me,” Claims Fundraising Boost

Yesterday the Koch brothers network of political organizations made national headlines when they decided to announce that the wouldn’t be supporting Congressman Kevin Cramer’s bid to unseat Democratic Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. Tim Phillips, head of the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity group, even went so far as to call Cramer an “adversary.” I wondered yesterday

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