Until last week Lisa Feldner was a vice chancellor in the North Dakota University System, but Chancellor Mark Hagerott fired her. Allegedly for “making derogatory comments to staff” and “suggesting they could lose their jobs,” my colleague Patrick Springer reported yesterday. I’m told by university system sources that Feldner was fired by email but then had her email privileges suspended before she could read it. She had to first learn of her termination from colleagues.
The national political debate is focused on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill right now, yet another Republican effort to deal with Obamacare after campaigning on repealing and replacing that awful policy for years. Will they be successful? Or will Republicans fall on their faces again? “This was a little bit different than the last one in that it’s starting in the Senate,” Congressman Kevin Cramer told me during our weekly segment on my radio show today.
“In the parking lot of a South Fargo apartment building, a Somali man said his car was broken into and animal feces was spread all over it,” WDAY television reports .
Two things happened in the last week which got me thinking about parenting. First I saw "It," a film adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel about a killer clown taken down by a group plucky kids. The book version of the story was set in the late 1950's. The film moved that timeline forward to the 1980's. But in both versions the heroes, the kids, are living the sort of childhood few children today would recognize. They're allowed to roam and romp around the fictional Derry, Maine, with little oversight from adults, a far cry from today's helicopter parenting.
ust 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.
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.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has officially started her re-election campaign. The news surprised exactly nobody given the millions in out of state contributions she's been stuffing into her campaign accounts since January. She chose her brother Joel Heitkamp's radio show on KFGO in Fargo for the announcement. Perhaps there is a bit of logic to that. Heitkamp's victory in 2012 putting her in the Senate was so narrow it was measured by just a few thousand votes.
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 Heitkamp claiming to be a moderate is a put on. A political strategy aimed at masking a far more liberal voting record.
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 the election cycle, and we’re 418 days from election day. His campaign consultants have to be making a killing off this.
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.