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Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

So Much for Heidi Heitkamp’s Bipartisanship

So Much for Heidi Heitkamp’s Bipartisanship

A big part of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s “centrist” brand, a part of the carefully cultivated public perception she hopes will get her re-elected in 2018, is the idea that the Senator prefers bipartisanship. The problem for Heitkamp is that she’s a liberal, and posturing as a moderate means you sometimes have to actually work with

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., reviews details of an omnibus budget plan passed by Congress during a 2014 meeting. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Podcast: Hoeven Accuses Heitkamp of “Scare Tactics” on Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

Senator John Hoeven joined me on my radio show today to talk about healthcare reform. The Senator has indicated support for the latest version of Republican-flavored reform, the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill. The gist of the bill is that it replaces Obamacare’s stringent, top-down, federal-centric regulations with block grants and flexibility for state policymakers to tackle

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talks to Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., during a Senate hearing. Must credit: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

Does Anyone Actually Know What Senator Heidi Heitkamp Wants to Do on Healthcare?

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp talks a big game about being a centrist moderate who likes to work with Republicans. That this desire to work with Republicans is more manifest the closer Heitkamp is to an election year in this deeply Republican state is noteworthy, and perhaps an indication that Heitkamp’s words are something less

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

North Dakota Gets $10 Million Grant From the Feds to Help Pay for #NoDAPL Protest Costs

In a print column earlier this month I noted that the State of North Dakota had applied, in June, for $13.8 million in funding from the Justice Department’s Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program. The intent of the request is to request some of the state’s roughly $38 million in costs resulting from the violent #NoDAPL

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Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senators Hoeven, Heitkamp Back Serious Threat to Internet Freedom

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (the common name for Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which, in turn, was an amendment of the Communications Act of 1934) is one of the most important pieces of public policy for the internet. Here’s what it says: “No provider or user of an interactive

Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Heitkamp Has Gone From the 61st Most Popular Senator to the 11th, Hoeven Approval Has Fallen

Back in April of 2016 North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp had a 50 percent approval rating, and a 35 percent disapproval rating, making her the 61st most popular member of the United States Senate according to polling by Morning Consult. But since Heitkamp pretty much launched her 2018 re-election bid in January, leaving her to campaign

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

Audio: Senator John Hoeven Takes Questions on Health Care/Health Insurance Reform

Senator John Hoeven was on my radio show today for a full hour taking questions and comments about health care and health insurance reform. He’s taken some criticism for failing to hold town hall events on this subject. I was happy to offer my show as a platform for dialogue, though I hope the Senator

Sen. John Hoeven accepts the endorsement for U.S. Senate during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Senator John Hoeven Taking Your Questions on Health Care Reform Today

Senator John Hoeven has come under fire from critics over the health care issue. Voters want to know where he stands. They want a chance to question him. After reading this letter to the editor calling on Hoeven to host a town hall to take questions about this issue I reached out to him and

Senator Heidi Heitkamp JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

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

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