Earlier this year, End Citizens United, a left wing group hostile to unfettered political speech, gave North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp an award. The recognition was for her work on federal legislation which would inhibit the ability of private citizens to voluntarily give money to private groups for expenditure on political activities. Because it's not like this is a free country. Anyway, in a statement accepting the award, Heitkamp got a little sanctimonious about out of state money influencing North Dakota elections.
The oil industry, which overall has benefited from President Donald Trump’s leadership in the White House, is not happy with his plan to mandate the use of U.S. steel in their projects. They have a point (Bloomberg): Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost U.S. steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of “American energy dominance.”
Senator Heidi Heitkamp took in another windfall in campaign cash in the second quarter of 2017. Her campaign took in over $1.2 million in campaign contributions, and ended the quarter with over $3 million in cash on hand. That according to the latest report from the FEC. So far in the 2018 election cycle Heitkamp’s campaign has raised over $5.18 million.
As a conservative, my preference is for small and relatively unobtrusive government. In fact, many of the problems I have with our friends on the left is that so many liberal ideas are born of hubris. An inability to grasp the limits of government's ability to achieve desired outcomes. Take climate change, for instance. I have no doubt that temperatures are rising — global temperatures have risen and fallen throughout history — and that there is an anthropogenic aspect to it.
Zaphod Beeblebrox is a character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy stories by Douglas Adams (which you should read if you haven't). He was, for at least a brief time in the stories, the Galactic President. He's also a hedonist. He's a careless and irresponsible leader. He consistently displays an insensitivity to those around him. He is beholden of a solipsistic level of narcissism. In other words, he's pretty much Donald Trump. Don't believe me? Consider this description of Beeblebrox from the book:
Earlier this week Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Williston, North Dakota. He specifically took a close look at the oil industry there, coordinating with the North Dakota Petroleum Council to visit an oil rig. He also discussed life in the oil patch with a group of residents there, then wrote about it.
I had Congressman Kevin Cramer on my radio show today for our weekly open phones segment, and the talk focused on the net neutrality issue. Today was an internet “day of action” – backed largely by left-wing groups, many with ties to progressive money man George Soros – protesting proposed changes to the rules by the FCC. Cramer told me he’s for the changes. He said the “principles of a free internet are something we all support,” but said the rules allow “the FCC and the government to have monopoly style regulatory power over the internet.”
U.S. Sen, Heidi Heitkamp rode to victory in North Dakota — albeit a narrow one — in 2012 in part by cashing in on Republican overconfidence. Nobody really thought Rick Berg, fresh off a freshman stint in the U.S. House, could lose that election. And then he did, in a stunner, and Heitkamp has been our senator for the last five years. Here at the dawn of the 2018 election cycle, with Heitkamp already campaigning, Republicans should be gladdened by signs of overconfidence from the left. To be sure, Democrats do have reason for confidence.
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.
Governor Doug Burgum is hinting at it. He told the Grand Forks Herald back in May that, when it comes to the state’s public institutions, some North Dakotans “cling” too tightly to the “idea of location,” though he didn’t specifically say that any of the state’s universities should be closed.