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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

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

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. (Photo courtesy of Heitkamp's office)

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Campaign Not Saying if Staff Benefited From the Trump Tax Cuts She Voted Against

In my Sunday print column I mentioned something I want to expand on a bit here on the blog. “Even Heitkamp’s own campaign staff appears to be enjoying the tax reductions,” I wrote after noting that Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted against the Trump tax cuts. “Federal disclosure reports show several of her staffers enjoyed slight

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talks to retired truck drivers about the pension crisis that threatens their livelihood Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Marlin's restaurant in Fargo. Tu-Uyen Tran / The Forum

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Didn’t Show up for Her First Debate With Congressman Kevin Cramer

Over the weekend the North Dakota Newspaper Association held their first debate between North Dakota’s candidates for federal office. Well, two of those candidates anyway. Republican state Senator Kelly Armstrong squared off with Democratic opponent Mac Schneider. Each are seeking North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat. Observers in the room tell me the two were

Print Column: Who Expected Sen. Heitkamp to Be in This Much Trouble This Early?

MINOT, N.D. — Last week Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign rolled out her first video advertising of the election cycle. Like many observers, I was surprised to see that it was a rerun. An ad featuring Heitkamp and her family goofing on one another which the campaign used in 2012. Why would Heitkamp, at the

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

I’m Not Going to Apologize for Reporting Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Horrendous Poll Numbers

Yesterday I wrote about new polling out from Morning Consult which shows Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s approval numbers among North Dakotans continuing to crater. It also showed that 49 percent of North Dakotans prefer not to re-elect the Senator, while just 35 percent say the opposite. The trend for Heitkamp’s approval in this poll is noteworthy,

Voters cast their ballots June 6, 2016, at the Baymont Inn in south Fargo during early voting for the state primary. Forum file photo

UND Political Science Professor: Republicans Using Voter ID Laws to Suppress Votes Because Heidi Heitkamp Won in 2012

North Dakota Democrats are promoting a recent article in The Nation, a far-left organization which exists to promote progressive causes, which is built around the idea that Republican policymakers in our state have been pushing voter ID laws in order to suppress votes. But the only evidence for this thesis is, supposedly, the timing. According

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Poll: Just 35 Percent of North Dakotans Think Senator Heitkamp Deserves Re-Election, 49 Percent Prefer Someone New

Since July of last year tracking polling from Morning Consult has shown a steady decline in Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s approval numbers. From July of last year through the end of March the number of North Dakotans saying they approve of Heitkamp went from 60 percent down to 47 percent while the number saying the disapprove

Joining President Donald Trump, left, on stage at the Adeavor Mandan Refinery were from left Sen. John Hoeven, Governor Doug Burgum, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, Rep. Kevin Cramer and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Trump Spokesman Says President Will Target Senator Heidi Heitkamp

It’s not exactly breaking news to say that President Donald Trump will be actively campaigning in North Dakota this year. He visited our state during his 2016 campaign. He visited last year to promote tax reform. Vice President Mike Pence has visited the state, and as colleague John Hageman reported last month, our state has

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