Tag Archives: Heidi Heitkamp

Radio host Joel Heitkamp and his sister U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp

In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

It’s obvious to any honest observer that talk radio host Joel Heitkamp operates the radio station he manages as a de facto media arm for his sister Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-electon campaign. This includes the male Heitkamp acting as a surrogate for the Senator and attacking her critics. Including, most recently, me. The Washington Free Beacon

Video: Cramer Releases Ad With Heitkamp Shouting That Hillary Clinton “Will Be One of the Greatest Presidents”

In the 2016 election Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t even manage to get 30 percent of the vote in North Dakota. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, earned nearly 63 percent of the vote. That simple fact is why this new digital ad, released this morning by the Congressman Kevin Cramer’s Senate campaign,

Podcast: Responding to Heitkamp, Boschee Talks Voter ID, Eberhart Talks Oil Prices

Secretary of State candidate Josh Boschee joined me on the radio show today. Recently Senator Heidi Heitkamp claimed that North Dakota’s Legislature passed voter ID laws to “clearly target” college students and Native Americans, a claim she hadn’t made prior to her re-election year. Since Boschee is running for a job that has among its

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Senator Heitkamp’s Latest Ad Says She’ll “Work With Anyone,” but Her Enemies List Says Otherwise

Publicly Senator Heidi Heitkamp likes to cultivate for herself a reputation as a pragmatic centrist. In fact, that’s the theme of her most recent radio ad (which hits the airwaves today, I posted the audio on Friday). The title of that ad is “Work With Anyone” and it alleges Senator Heitkamp’s willingness to do just

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp shakes the hand of President Donald Trump with other state leaders Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Tesoro Refinery in Mandan, N.D. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Audio: In First Radio Ad Heitkamp Touts Casting “Over Half” Her Votes With Trump

A source has provided me with a copy of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s first radio ad. I’m told it’s set to hit the airwaves next week (full disclosure, I have no idea if this has been submitted to the radio station I work at or not). It’s 60 seconds long and pretty interesting stuff. Not surprisingly

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

Just 9 Percent of Heitkamp’s Itemized Individual Contributions Have Come From North Dakotans, Cramer at 45 Percent

It’s a safe bet that North Dakota’s Senate race will be the most expensive in state history. Both candidates are expecting to spend in excess of $10 million on their campaigns, each. Given that both Republican candidate Kevin Cramer, and Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, are well-connected political figures and prolific fundraisers I think the money

U.S. House candidates Democrat Mac Schneider, left, and Republican Kelly Armstrong debate on Saturday, May 5, 2018, during the North Dakota Newspaper Association's annual convention at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.D David Samson / Forum News Service

Roll Call: Armstrong Likely to Win North Dakota House Seat, Heitkamp at Risk in Senate Race

According to some prognostication by Roll Call – a Washington D.C.-based publication focusing on politics and Congress – Republicans are set to have a pretty good year here in North Dakota. First, they’re saying state Senator Kelly Armstrong – a candidate for the U.S. House seat currently held by Senate candidate Kevin Cramer – is likely

Mary Wakefield, who served in the Obama administration as acting United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, cheers on Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at Saturday's Democratic convention. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Notice the Criticism Is Not Based on What I’m Writing About Heidi Heitkamp, but That I’m Writing It at All

The interesting thing about this column from my colleague Mike McFeely, which criticizes me for writing consistently about North Dakota’s Senate race (which will be, I promise you, the biggest story of the year in our state), is not once does it criticize anything I’ve written about Senator Heidi Heitkamp. McFeely floats the idea that

Harold Hamm, center, and Kevin Cramer, left, visit during a fundraiser for Cramer in Bismarck in 2012. To their right is Tony La Russa, a friend of Hamm's and three-time World Series champion manager. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum

Democrats Have a Point About Kevin Cramer and Harold Hamm

North Dakota Democrats are slamming Congressman Kevin Cramer today after he said in an interview with WDAY Television that what tipped the scales on his decision to challenge Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate race was oil billionaire Harold Hamm asking him to run. (Full disclosure, I work for WDAY’s parent company Forum