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Joel Heitkamp’s Ratings Problems Are Very, Very Real

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

Joel Heitkamp, left, along with his sister former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Forum News Service file photo

Despite Heidi Heitkamp on the Ballot, Joel Heitkamp’s Radio Station Lost 14 Percent in Ratings During Campaign Season

When you’re in the business of providing politically-themed content your audience can be very tied to the election cycle. During campaign season your audience peaks, after campaign season it falls off. Which is frustrating because the point of campaigning is deciding who gets to make policy, and you’d think voters might want to stay tuned

U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

The Butt Hurt Over Senator Cramer Backing Savanna’s Act Is Just More Ugly Partisanship From Heitkamp Supporters

If you’re a Democrat, and a Republican comes out in favor of a piece of policy you support, shouldn’t that make you happy? It should, but sadly in our bitterly partisan environment, there are plenty who eschew progress in favor of petty political recrimination. One recent and local example of this is the opposition from

Print Column: Heitkamps Feel They’re Entitled to Power, and That’s Exactly Why They Shouldn’t Have It

MINOT, N.D. — Believe it or not, the point of politics isn’t the campaigns. Those are supposed to be nothing more than the means by which we choose who gets to do the much more important job of governing. Sadly, it can seem as though the whole governing thing is just something the politicians do

The Heitkamps Think They’re Entitled to Deference, and That’s Exactly Why They Shouldn’t Hold Power

If Senator Heidi Heitkamp had won re-election last week and some Republican took to the internet to complain about how Kevin Cramer might have won instead had the incumbent reined in her talk radio host brother I think Democrats would have had a good laugh. As well they should. Whining about that sort of thing

Does Senator Heitkamp Condone Her Talk Radio Host Brother’s Ugly Comments About President Trump?

A major part of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-election campaign has been posturing herself as an ally of President Donald Trump. From the earliest days of the marketing campaign to re-elect her, Heitkamp has touted that she’s voted with Trump more than half of the time. For a while Democrats and left wing commentators even tried

A screenshot from a 2008 video filmed by former left wing blogger Chad Nodland who, during the 2012 election cycle, attempted to remove it from public view. In the video Heidi Heitkamp, years before her first Senate campaign, expresses strong support for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Heidi Heitkamp’s Feelings About Her Party’s Presidential Candidates Change So Often It Can Make You Dizzy

Over the holiday weekend Senator Heidi Heitkamp was asked about whether or not she’d like President Barack Obama to campaign for her here in North Dakota this election cycle. Her response was swift and firm in the negative: "Asked if she thought Obama might show up in North Dakota, Heitkamp said: 'Nope, no.'" #NDSen #NDPolhttps://t.co/j07ERY5ULr

Joel Heitkamp (submitted photo)

The Heitkamp Political Machine Will Attack Anyone Questioning the Narrative

It’s ironic that when Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s talk radio host brother really wants to reach an audience he turns to my employers at the Forum Communications Company. Joel Heitkamp had a letter to the editor in the Fargo Forum over the weekend in which he accuses Fargo-based television station Valley News Live of political bias against his sister.

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

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, right, with her brother Joel Heitkamp.

What a Dumb Thing to Do, Senator Heitkamp

Today Senator Heidi Heitkamp went on her brother’s radio show and called me a “snowflake.” I’m assuming the audio will be available on the podcast at some point. I laughed when I heard about it. And I was more than a little surprised too. I won’t lie. As a blogger, columnist, and talk radio host

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