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Print Column: Don’t Let Politicians Deflect Criticism by Playing Victim

Print Column: Don’t Let Politicians Deflect Criticism by Playing Victim

MINOT, N.D. — The idea that President Donald Trump put Rep. Ilhan Omar in danger because he tweeted criticism of her is absurd. And yet, it’s become a talking point for Democrats up to and including certain candidates who would like to replace Trump in the White House. Trump’s criticism of Omar’s remarks about the 9/11 attacks

Frank White Bull, a Standing Rock Sioux council member, shoes his tribal identification card, complete with physical address, in North Dakota, Oct. 22, 2018. (Kristina Barker/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Maybe House Democrats Are Coming to North Dakota to Learn How Not to Suppress Native American Votes

According to the press release below, Democrats from a House subcommittee on elections will be holding a field hearing on the Standing Rock Reservation. The topic is voting. During the 2018 election cycle Democrats, and various political groups allied with them, tried to put then-Senator Heidi Heitkamp over the top by making wild claims about

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is running for re-election, talks to voters at AFL-CIO House of Labor in Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 5, 2018. (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Heidi Heitkamp’s New Job Is Working to Ratify a Trade Agreement She Once Described as “Disappointing”

According to this report from National Public Radio’s White House correspondent Tamara Keith, former Senator Heidi Heitkamp has a new gig. She’s joining an advocacy group which is backing the USMCA, the trade deal the Trump administration negotiated with Canada and Mexico to replace the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Former Democratic Senator @HeidiHeitkamp

Senator Kevin Cramer speaks during floor debate on the "green new deal." Screencapture via video provided by Cramer's office

Video: The Koch Brothers Sure Did Senator Kevin Cramer a Favor When They Opposed His Candidacy

Railing against the “Koch brothers” is a staple of left-wing politics. To hear them tell it, Republicans are just marionettes whose strings are pulled by the Kochs and their various political enterprises. In fact, just yesterday during floor debate over so-called “green new deal” legislation Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat and a co-sponsor of that

Former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Plain Talk: Heitkamp’s Strange Explanation for Her Election Loss, and Smith Talks About Error in Tax Revenue Distribution to State Funds

On today’s Plain Talk podcast, what’s with former Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s strange explanation for why she lost her election last year? Also, Jodi Smith from the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands talks about what some are saying is an error in how oil tax revenues were distributed to state funds. Lawmakers are working on

Heidi Heitkamp: I Lost Because of Hillary Clinton and Because I Was Branded as a Democrat

A popular pastime for politicians looking to fill time after losing an election is to come up explanations for their loss that deflect blame from themselves. As an example, former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently took away from her new gig writing deep-as-a-puddle retirement advice articles to blame her party affiliation and Hillary Clinton

First year students at North Dakota State University gathered on the campus green on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Photo special to The Forum.

North Dakota’s College Students May Not Be as Liberal as You Think

The perception of America’s college campuses – a perception very much grounded in reality, I believe – is that they’re very liberal places. From the administrators to the faculty to the students themselves, our campuses lean left. How true is that here in North Dakota? I think it’s fair to say that the administrators and

Voters cast their ballots Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at the Baymont Inn in south Fargo.

After the Furor Over North Dakota’s Voter ID Laws Study Finds Those Sort of Policies Don’t Actually Suppress Votes

A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that voter ID laws “have no negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any group defined by race, gender, age, or party affiliation.” The researchers made some 1.3 billion observations, collected from 2008 to 2016, which they say support this argument. “These

U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer (R) debates Heidi Heitkamp (D) on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at North Dakota State University. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

It Sure Seems Like Senator Kevin Cramer Is Throwing Shade at His Predecessor Heidi Heitkamp Over Delaying Senate Confirmations

North Dakota got some good news on Senate nominations this week. Last month I wrote in a print column that North Dakota was just months away from having no full-time federal judges. This week we learned that Grand Forks attorney Peter Welte has been scheduled for a confirmation hearing this week. Also, North Dakota hasn’t

Oh, the humanity

Joel Heitkamp’s Ratings Problems Are Very, Very Real

Last week I wrote a post about the ratings problems talk show host Joel Heitkamp is facing. Today my colleague, former Heitkamp employee Mike McFeely, has a column suggesting I got it all wrong. “His thesis was that despite Joel’s sister being a statewide story every day as she ran a U.S. Senate campaign to

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