Tag Archives: Heidi Heitkamp

Signs outside of Rutland, N.D., Oct. 7, 2018. In North Dakota and other farm states, the partisan divide over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has nationalized the fight for the Senate, elating Republicans and worrying Democrats. (Annie Flanagan/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

How Can Heitkamp’s Vote Against Kavanaugh Be Both Politically Risky and the Right Vote for North Dakota?

How Can Heitkamp’s Vote Against Kavanaugh Be Both Politically Risky and the Right Vote for North Dakota?

There’s no question that the debate over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has put Senator Heidi Heitkamp in some hot political water. As I wrote in my Sunday print column, it was tanking her re-election chances even before the Senator announced she’d be voting against his confirmation. So it’s no

Politifact: Heitkamp Claim About Cramer Raising His Own Salary Isn’t True

A recent ad put out by Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign argues that her opponent, Congressman Kevin Cramer, has used his political career to enrich himself and his family. One of the more salacious claims is an attack on Cramer’s wife, Kris Cramer, who has managed the Congressman’s campaigns since his successful 2012 election to the

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks to reporters before a procedural vote to move forward Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 5, 2018. Heitkamp, who is facing a difficult re-election bid this year, voted no, but the Republican majority held, 51-49; the Senate's final vote could come as early as Saturday. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Heidi Heitkamp Is Trying to Be the Dixie Chicks of Believing Uncorroborated Sexual Assault Accusations

Remember the Dixie Chicks? They were a hugely popular bluegrass and country music act in the early 2000’s who immolated their careers when, while performing before a foreign audience during the Iraq invasion, they said they were ashamed of President George W. Bush. The result was backlash from the country music fan base from which

Wes Belter: Who Is You, Senator Heitkamp?

This guest post was submitted by Wes Belter who represented District 22 in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1985 to 2016. Senator Heitkamp says “The only one I listen to is you.” Now we know what she means by “you.” In Heitkamp’s world, “you” means east and west coast senators like Schumer, Feinstein,

Print Column: The Fight Over Kavanaugh Is Tanking Heitkamp’s Campaign

MINOT, N.D. — By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won’t hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The mean-spirited, thoroughly repugnant

Podcast: Former DNC Executive Director Says He Doesn’t Believe Heitkamp Can Win

Brian Lunde, a former executive director of the Democratic National Committee and a long-time operative in national Democratic politics, joined me on the radio show today. He doesn’t see how Senator Heidi Heitkamp can win re-election. And he said that before she announced she’s voting against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “I’ve never

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp talks about the prospect of temporarily housing refugee children at the Grand Forks Air Force Base during a recent visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Heitkamp Says She’ll Be Voting No on Kavanaugh

I can report that Senator Heidi Heitkamp has decided to vote against confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That’s per an exclusive scoop by WDAY (the folks I work for). “The process has been bad,” she said, but that she’ll ultimately oppose the nominee. I’m on air right now, but I’m sure

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. 4-5-2018

Cramer/Heitkamp Senate Race Debate Has Been Canceled

This from the AARP which is sponsoring the debate which would have been broadcast by Prairie Public Television: Friday night’s debate between Kevin Cramer (R) and Heidi Heitkamp (D) will not be held because of pending U.S. Senate votes. We are working to reschedule. Meanwhile, you can participate in upcoming telephone town hall meetings with

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on the “Oversight of Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children from Human Trafficking and Abuse” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 16, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Poll: Cramer Leads Heitkamp by 12

Earlier this week we got polling, commissioned by local NBC affiliates, which indicated that Republican Kevin Cramer was leading Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by 10 points in North Dakota’s Senate race. Bolstering that poll’s credibility is a second poll commissioned by Fox News which indicates that Cramer is beating Heitkamp by 12 points. The full polling

FILE -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) speaks with reporters on her way to a weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2018. Republicans believe Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation could help them retain control of the Senate in the midterm elections but cause a backlash among women and independent voters, hurting GOP chances in House races. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Reporter: Senator Heitkamp “Literally Running Scared” From Reporters

Earlier today Senate candidate Kevin Cramer took calls on my radio show from listeners. One of the topics which came up, not surprisingly, was the Kavanaugh confirmation controversy. Cramer got after Heitkamp a bit for what he says is a squandering of North Dakota’s influence over that process by her refusal to make a decision