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New York Times Uses Same Misleading Photo of Soybean Pile the Heitkamp Campaign Got Caught Using

New York Times Uses Same Misleading Photo of Soybean Pile the Heitkamp Campaign Got Caught Using

Farm state Democrats like Senator Heidi Heitkamp have attacking President Donald Trump’s trade policies, arguing they’ve been bad for the agriculture industry. Which is fair. We can debate the point, but promoting contrasting views on important policies like trade tariffs is exactly what campaigns should be about (and aren’t nearly about enough). Still, a specific

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Wheeling, W.Va., Sept. 29, 2018. (Al Drago/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

What Will Democrats Do if It Turns Out Trump Is Right on Trade?

Democrats, particularly “red state” candidates like incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp and U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider, have placed a big bet on trade this election cycle. Specifically, they’ve positioned themselves to benefit politically from any news about chaos or failure from the Trump administration’s efforts to negotiate better international trade agreements. Thus the news this

Print Column: What if Democratic Electioneering Is Hurting Our Ability to Get Better Trade Deals?

MINOT, N.D. — Based on Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign messaging, her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer, doesn’t care about farmers. This isn’t true, of course. While we can have a debate about the efficacy of the sort of agriculture policies Cramer and Republicans support, Heitkamp’s assertion of indifference is an election year lie. Our liberal friends

Mike Dahlen holds a sample of soybeans from his Northwood, N.D., farm. Forum file photo

Soybeans Are Going to Be a Real Problem for Republican Candidates Cramer and Armstrong

“Elevators in the eastern portion of the state have pulled their bids for soybeans,” Dr. Frayne Olson, a crop economics expert from North Dakota State University, tells the Williston Herald. “There is literally no price for soybeans.” Right now Olson said there is only a small number of elevators in our region where this is

Mac Schneider, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, says the farm economy is one of the top issues in North Dakota this election. John M. Steiner / The Sun

North Dakota Democrats Softening Their Criticism of Trump on Trade?

I think maybe the North Dakota Democrats got some polling feedback or something which indicated that their messaging about Trump and trade – one of the few areas where incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp and U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider have differed with the President – hasn’t been working too well. Yesterday Senator Heitkamp, after previously

Podcast: NDFB President Daryl Lies, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger

On the radio show today, North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies joined me to talk about what farmers are facing amid the trade wars. Lies says his group’s membership is willing to weather some hardships in the short term if President Trump can get better trade deals going forward. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger also

FILE -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-S.D.) during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 12, 2018. Heitkamp is one of three Democrats who are up for reelection in states President Donald Trump carried and voted to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Heitkamp’s Opposition to Trump’s Farmer Aid Package Must Not Have Been Polling Well

Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration’s aid to farmers impacted by tariffs resulting from his on-going efforts to improve America’s trade position in the global markets. “At the end of the day, farmers don’t want a check, they want a market,” she is on the record as saying. Heitkamp’s

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) speaks at a campaign rally as President Donald Trump looks on at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., June 27, 2018. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Kevin Cramer: On Trade, I Stand With North Dakota’s Farmers and Ranchers

This guest post was submitted by Congressman Kevin Cramer who is challenging incumbent U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp this election cycle. I am pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky will visit North Dakota on Thursday, August 23. I am confident the upcoming visit

Podcast: Are You Afraid of 3D Printed Guns?

We talked about the controversy over 3D printed guns on the radio show today. Also Daryl Lies from the North Dakota Farm Bureau joined to talk about China, trade, and the “farmer bailout.” Annette Meeks from the Minnesota Freedom Foundation was also on to discuss the issue of work requirements for food stamps in the

Print Column: China Wants Trump to Knuckle Under on Trade, and So Does Heidi Heitkamp

MINOT, N.D.—The Shirky Principle, named for technology writer Clay Shirky, holds that institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution. We could adapt the saying for politics by arguing politicians do not want to solve problems which are politically advantageous to them. It is through that lens we should see

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