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Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., reviews details of an omnibus budget plan passed by Congress during a 2014 meeting. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Podcast: Hoeven Accuses Heitkamp of “Scare Tactics” on Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Podcast: Hoeven Accuses Heitkamp of “Scare Tactics” on Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Senator John Hoeven joined me on my radio show today to talk about healthcare reform. The Senator has indicated support for the latest version of Republican-flavored reform, the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill. The gist of the bill is that it replaces Obamacare’s stringent, top-down, federal-centric regulations with block grants and flexibility for state policymakers to tackle

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talks to Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., during a Senate hearing. Must credit: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

Does Anyone Actually Know What Senator Heidi Heitkamp Wants to Do on Healthcare?

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp talks a big game about being a centrist moderate who likes to work with Republicans. That this desire to work with Republicans is more manifest the closer Heitkamp is to an election year in this deeply Republican state is noteworthy, and perhaps an indication that Heitkamp’s words are something less

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Poll: More North Dakotans Want to See Senator Heitkamp Replaced Than Re-Elected

Just 42 percent of North Dakotans want to see incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp re-elected according to a poll commissioned by the conservative Club for Growth. More respondents – 44 percent, specifically – say they’d like to see Heitkamp replaced with someone else. Heitkamp has been aggressively fundraising from mostly out-of-state contributors ahead of officially announcing

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Governor Doug Burgum Probably Isn’t Going to Run for the U.S. Senate

UPDATE: Governor Burgum has responded to my request for comment. He said there is “no truth whatsoever” to the rumors. Speculation and rumor mongering about North Dakota’s 2018 U.S. Senate race is in high gear, all the more so because incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp announced her re-election campaign officially this week. There are lots and lots

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at Cirrus Aircrafts' celebration Tuesday, December 20 in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Voting Pattern Moves Away From Democrats the Closer She Gets to Election Day

Senator Heidi Heitkamp invests a lot of time in cultivating an image of herself as a centrist. A moderate Democrat. That’s why Heitkamp is playing patty cake with President Donald Trump, a man most of her Democratic base sees as a tyrant. But Republicans, and the NDGOP specifically, tell a different story. They argue that

State Senator Tom Campbell, a Republican from Grafton, appears in the latest ad for his U.S. Senate campaign, his fourth of the election cycle.

Senate Candidate Tom Campbell Releases Fourth – Yes, Fourth – Television Ad

Say what you want about state Senator Tom Campbell and his campaign for the U.S. Senate, but he’s been a boon for marketers in North Dakota. At least in terms of television ads, he’s already campaigning as though it were September of 2018 instead of September 2017. He’s just released his fourth campaign ad of

State Rep. Rick Becker, left, and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, right.

Voters Getting Call From Pollster Testing Becker, Schmidt Against Heitkamp

Multiple SAB readers contacted me last night and this morning saying they’ve been getting polled on potential match ups in North Dakota’s 2018 Senate race. Incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp announced that she’s running for re-election this morning, which is news to exactly nobody given the millions from out of state she’s already been stuffing in

Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota candidate for U.S. Senate, stands with her brother and KFGO radio personality Joel Heitkamp on Friday in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Heidi Heitkamp Announces Re-Election Campaign Everyone Already Knew About

Senator Heidi Heitkamp has already raised millions upon millions of dollars in the 2018 election cycle (mostly from out-of-state contributors), so of course she’s running for re-election. It was disingenuous to the point of being an insult to the intelligence of voters for Heitkamp to ever pretend as though she might not run for re-election. Anyway, North Dakota’s

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), exits the lobby of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Dec. 2, 2016. Though Donald Trump has yet to name a Democrat to his Cabinet, Heitkamp is said to be a top contender to lead the Department of Agriculture — a posting that would also trigger a special election to fill her Senate seat. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

This Is Why Heidi Heitkamp Is Playing Patty Cake With Donald Trump

In my Sunday print column I pointed out the strange reality of Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp playing nicey nice with President Donald Trump. A man her (admittedly tiny) left wing political base here in North Dakota thinks of as some sort of a tyrant with a soft spot for white supremacists. Heitkamp flew with the

File photo of Republican State Senator Tom Campbell in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

Podcast: Republican Senate Candidate Campbell Says Trump Speech Targeting Heitkamp Was “Frustrating”

The Rob (Re)Port airs from 1-2pm weekdays on 970 WDAY AM and 93.1 FM. You can subscribe to the podcast here. State Senator Tom Campbell doesn’t agree with the perspective of many political observers that President Donald Trump was awful chummy with Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp during the former’s visit to North Dakota yesterday. “If

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