Last week we got news that Congressman Kevin Cramer would not be running for the U.S. Senate, leaving state Senator Tom Campbell as the only announced Republican against Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. But today I can report that Gary Emineth, a Bismarck-based businessman and former Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, is thinking about jumping into the race.
I think most of us are environmentalists. Which is to say that most of us want society, including business and industry, to be responsible stewards of the land and air. But to many, including this humble observer, the term “environmentalist” seems pejorative. We don’t want to be associated with the term, because it in turn means being associated with political extremists who aren’t really out to protect the environment. Such as stopping the development of resources like oil and natural gas and coal.
Later this month Gov. Doug Burgum will be delivering a "state of the state address" at Minot State University. It's an event unprecedented in North Dakota history — in ways both good and bad. State law requires a gubernatorial "state of the state" address to the Legislature's regular biannual sessions, much as the president is required to make a similar report to Congress annually. Burgum delivered the first such address of his term last year.
The New York Times recently published a story about the end of the women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota. It was published in the Times on the 10th, and has been republished here in North Dakota by my employers at Forum Communications today .
I heard early this morning that Congressman Kevin Cramer would be announcing his decision to run for re-election in the U.S. House, rather than challenge Democratic Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, and indeed that’s just what he announced this morning on KFYR radio. “After the visit with the President last week it was pretty clear to me within hours after that…we now had all the information we needed,” he told radio host Scott Hennen. “We’ve decided that the best thing for our family and me and really for North Dakota…is to seek re-election to the House of Representatives.”
Because Senator Heidi Heitkamp is terrified that Congressman Kevin Cramer might run for her seat this year she’s deployed her surrogates to manufacture a scandal over Cramer paying family members to work for his campaign.
Here’s some interesting news from the Public Service Commission. News which undermines the talking points we’ve been getting from the left about how Republican-backed tax reform won’t help the average citizen.
Who cares if Congressman Kevin Cramer pays his family to work on his political campaigns? North Dakota is a small business state. Odds are good that you, dear reader, have probably worked with family at one point or another. If you haven't, you probably know somebody who does. Our state's most important industry — agriculture — is one built on the concept of family-operated businesses.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp, despite her carefully cultivated public demeanor, is a petty and vindictive politician. But don’t take my word on it. The attack Heitkamp’s partisan surrogates launched on Congressman Kevin Cramer (a man on the verge of announcing a campaign for Heitkamp’s Senate seat) this week is evidence enough. It was a two-pronged assault, the first having to do with Cramer’s campaign making payments to his wife and other family members.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is absolutely not running for the U.S. Senate in 2018. When persistent rumors suggesting he was interested in federal office this cycle kept popping up last year, I actually checked in with him about them. He told me in September there was "no truth whatsoever" to the rumors. Still, Burgum may end up being the most important figure in the 2018 cycle because of how many voters he lured away from Democrats during the 2016 cycle.