How has Senator Heidi Heitkamp managed to be the only Democrat elected on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008? She invests a lot of time and energy posturing herself as a moderate who frequently dissents against the liberal orthodoxy of her fellow Democrats. A the policy area where she most often does this is energy, which isn’t surprising given how important oil, gas, and coal development are to North Dakota’s economy.
But Heitkamp cast a vote earlier this year that was very, very bad for the oil and gas industry. Congress was working on repealing an Obama-era BLM rule related to flaring that was duplicative of North Dakota’s already tough emissions rules.