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

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:53:32 +0000

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

Poll: More North Dakotans Want to See Senator Heitkamp Replaced Than Re-Elected

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:47:07 +0000

Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Just 42 percent of North Dakotans want to see incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp re-elected according to a poll commissioned by the conservative Club for Growth. More respondents – 44 percent, specifically – say they’d like to see Heitkamp replaced with someone else. Heitkamp has been aggressively fundraising from mostly out-of-state contributors ahead of officially announcing...(image)

Let the Kids Mow the Lawns

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:52:51 +0000

President Donald Trump greets Frank Giaccio, 11, of Falls Church, Va., as Giaccio mows the Rose Garden’s lawn at the White House, in Washington, Sept. 15, 2017. Tom Brenner/The New York Times
Last week the country got a heart warming story out of the White House, a rare feat in any political age. Frank “FX” Giaccio, an entrepreneurial minded eleven-year-old with his own lawn care business sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking if he could mow the lawn of the executive residence. On Friday the kid...(image)

Governor Doug Burgum Probably Isn’t Going to Run for the U.S. Senate

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:44:23 +0000

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum
UPDATE: Governor Burgum has responded to my request for comment. He said there is “no truth whatsoever” to the rumors. Speculation and rumor mongering about North Dakota’s 2018 U.S. Senate race is in high gear, all the more so because incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp announced her re-election campaign officially this week. There are lots and lots...(image)

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Voting Pattern Moves Away From Democrats the Closer She Gets to Election Day

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:53:14 +0000

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at Cirrus Aircrafts' celebration Tuesday, December 20 in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)
Senator Heidi Heitkamp invests a lot of time in cultivating an image of herself as a centrist. A moderate Democrat. That’s why Heitkamp is playing patty cake with President Donald Trump, a man most of her Democratic base sees as a tyrant. But Republicans, and the NDGOP specifically, tell a different story. They argue that...(image)

Senate Candidate Tom Campbell Releases Fourth – Yes, Fourth – Television Ad

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:39:00 +0000

State Senator Tom Campbell, a Republican from Grafton, appears in the latest ad for his U.S. Senate campaign, his fourth of the election cycle.
Say what you want about state Senator Tom Campbell and his campaign for the U.S. Senate, but he’s been a boon for marketers in North Dakota. At least in terms of television ads, he’s already campaigning as though it were September of 2018 instead of September 2017. He’s just released his fourth campaign ad of...(image)

Voters Getting Call From Pollster Testing Becker, Schmidt Against Heitkamp

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:28:06 +0000

State Rep. Rick Becker, left, and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, right.
Multiple SAB readers contacted me last night and this morning saying they’ve been getting polled on potential match ups in North Dakota’s 2018 Senate race. Incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp announced that she’s running for re-election this morning, which is news to exactly nobody given the millions from out of state she’s already been stuffing in...(image)

Heidi Heitkamp Announces Re-Election Campaign Everyone Already Knew About

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:05:58 +0000

Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota candidate for U.S. Senate, stands with her brother and KFGO radio personality Joel Heitkamp on Friday in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Senator Heidi Heitkamp has already raised millions upon millions of dollars in the 2018 election cycle (mostly from out-of-state contributors), so of course she’s running for re-election. It was disingenuous to the point of being an insult to the intelligence of voters for Heitkamp to ever pretend as though she might not run for re-election. Anyway, North Dakota’s...(image)

We Have Got to Start Holding Local Leaders Responsible for Property Tax Hikes

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:23:54 +0000

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig listens to Commissioner Dave Piepkorn speak about Gehrig's plan to cut the city's property taxes by 20-percent during a city commissioner's meeting at the Civic Center on Monday, July 20, 2015. Nick Wagner / The Forum
Property taxes are going up across the state – Fargo, notably, just approved a big hike which has many citizens upset – and predictably local leaders are already passing the buck. These are people who will rant until blue in the face about local control, but try getting them to accept some local accountability for...(image)

This Is Why Heidi Heitkamp Is Playing Patty Cake With Donald Trump

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:12:45 +0000

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), exits the lobby of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Dec. 2, 2016. Though Donald Trump has yet to name a Democrat to his Cabinet, Heitkamp is said to be a top contender to lead the Department of Agriculture — a posting that would also trigger a special election to fill her Senate seat. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)
In my Sunday print column I pointed out the strange reality of Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp playing nicey nice with President Donald Trump. A man her (admittedly tiny) left wing political base here in North Dakota thinks of as some sort of a tyrant with a soft spot for white supremacists. Heitkamp flew with the...(image)