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Senator Heitkamp Sided With Her Party Over North Dakota

Senator Heitkamp Sided With Her Party Over North Dakota

I’ve always thought that, when a politician casts a controversial vote, an explanation before that vote is cast is worth a lot more than a justification after the fact. In this op/ed column Senator Heidi Heitkamp does a lot of justifying of her recent vote against overturning an Obama era emissions rule which the state’s

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Wow: Senator Heidi Heitkamp Says She’ll Vote to Keep Obama’s Duplicative, Harmful Methane Rule

UPDATE: The final Senate vote on this was 51-49. It failed. Had Heitkamp voted the other way the tie would have been settled in favor of passing the CRA with Vice President Pence’s vote. On his way out the door earlier this year former President Barack Obama committed an act of regulatory vandalism. He instituted a

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Senator Hoeven: North Dakota May Get $15 Million in Federal Funds to Pay for #NoDAPL Protest Response

As of February of this year the cost of North Dakota’s state and local response to the often violent, often unlawful #NoDAPL protests was some $33 million (through February). State officials, including Governor Doug Burgum, have insisted that the federal government should reimburse the state for those costs. “I believe North Dakota taxpayers should be paying zero

Governor Doug Burgum The Forum

Poll Says Doug Burgum Is Third Most Popular Governor in America, Hoeven and Heitkamp Also Get Strong Numbers

According to a poll by Morning Consult, North Dakota’s Doug Burgum is the third most popular governor in America. In polling conducted from January to March of 2017, Burgum put up a 69 percent approval rating with just 16 percent saying they disapprove. That’s up significantly from the 53 percent approval Governor Jack Dalrymple got

Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) speaks on the floor of the state House of Representatives in 2015. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Democrats Are Right to Worry About Property Tax Hike

Back during his gubernatorial campaign last year Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) warned that the state’s budget problems could result in property tax hikes. “[T]his is shaping up to be one of the largest property tax increases that people are ever going to be able to remember in history,” he said almost a year ago. “Everyone

House Majority Leader Al Carlson, left, was among a group of Republican lawmakers who sent a letter critical of Senator John Hoeven, right, over wind power subsidies.

State Lawmakers Criticize Sen. John Hoeven in Letter, Say Wind Companies “Use North Dakota” to “Mine” Tax Dollars

Wind energy has been a hot topic down in Bismarck this legislative session, and for good reason. As wind energy developers rush to build new developments in order to gobble up massive federal subsidies, and take advantage of a policy allowing them to sell all of their energy into the power grid before anyone else,

Senator John Hoeven

Audio: Senator John Hoeven Says Congress Didn’t Do Anything to Change Your Internet Privacy

Go just about anywhere on the internet lately and you’ll learn that Congress approved legislation which will let our ISP’s sell data pertaining to our use of the internet, and that Trump’s about to sign the bill. Yesterday I spoke with Congressman Kevin Cramer about the legislation, which he voted for, on my radio show. “This

Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Bismarck, North Dakota US May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Audio: Farm Bureau President Says He’s Not Worried About Impacts of Trump’s Budget on Agriculture

President Donald Trump has released his first budget from the White House, and North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say they don’t like it. In particular, they say it will hurt agriculture. Congressman Kevin Cramer, for his part, has expressed some skepticism but says he’s open minded about it (which earned him a

Sen. John Hoeven. File photo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Senator Hoeven Says He Doesn’t Support Trump’s Budget When It Comes to Agriculture

Rural, “red state” America went for Donald Trump in a big, big way. His brand of fiery, and often crude, populism was cat nip for blue collar workers. Including those who work in the agriculture industry. That’s why Trump won states like North Dakota in a landslide. But I wonder if the realities of his

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp speaks Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in in Fargo, N.D. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Why Is Senator Heidi Heitkamp Protecting Obama’s Last Minute Methane Emission Rule?

On his way out the door earlier this year former President Barack Obama committed an act of regulatory vandalism. He instituted a last minute rule through the Bureau of Land Management targeting methane emissions from oil and gas development. It’s a rule, like so many of the Obama administration’s actions, aimed less at protecting the


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