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.
It’s safe to move North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer from the “undecided” to “likely to run” column for the 2018 U.S. Senate race. According to multiple sources Cramer will be meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday this week to discuss the matter, and the indications I’m getting almost universally from Republican political circles is that Cramer will almost certainly be in the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.
Now that Republicans have accomplished the remarkable feat of passing consequential tax reform in one of the most divided political environments of our nation's history, they should immediately switch their focus to spending reform. Most importantly because we need it. Desperately. Our nation adds hundreds of billions of dollars to our more than $21 trillion national debt every year. There is plenty of fat in the federal budget to trim. But a side benefit to this shift in focus would be to put Democrats on the spot when it comes to their rhetoric about the debt.
Earlier this month embattled Minnesota Senator Al Franken delivered a self-serving, self-pitying speech on the Senate floor in which he announced that he’d be announcing his resignation at some point in the future.