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Podcast: Cramer Says Democrats “Should Be Greatly Relieved” He’s Not Running for Senate

Podcast: Cramer Says Democrats “Should Be Greatly Relieved” He’s Not Running for Senate

Below is the audio from today’s radio show. Remember you can get the audio delivered to your devices every day by subscribing to the podcast. “They should be greatly relieved,” Congressman Kevin Cramer told me of Democrats reacting to his decision not to run for the U.S. Senate. I had asked Cramer about some saying

Governor Doug Burgum opened North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly on Tuesday afternoon in front of a joint session of the legislature where he delivered the State of the State address. Gov. Burgum touched on a number of topics in the address but a continuing theme was lifelong education. "Learning begins with humility. Everyone has something to teach us," he said. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

It’s Not Appropriate to Sell Access to Governor Burgum’s State of the State Address

It’s a little unusual for a North Dakota Governor to deliver a “state of the state” address in a year when the Legislature isn’t in session. The Governor’s address to lawmakers at the beginning of their session every other year is required by law. But Governor Doug Burgum’s decision to deliver a “state of the

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks at a policy summit hosted by the Americans for Prosperity-North Dakota on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

Congressman Kevin Cramer Announces He’s Not Running for Senate

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

Podcast: First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, Congressman Kevin Cramer

The audio from today’s radio show is below. Remember you can subscribe to the podcast and have it delivered directly to your devices by clicking here. First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum joined to talk about the new Office of Recovery Reinvented which Governor Doug Burgum created yesterday through an executive order. It will be funded

State Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla was the Democratic candidate for governor in the 2016 cycle. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Last Election Cycle Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Marvin Nelson Paid Family Member to Be Campaign Manager

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. As I’ve already written, Cramer isn’t paying them very much. In fact, he spends to be paying his family a

A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

The State of North Dakota Can’t Give Away Things It Doesn’t Own

As SAB readers know, there has been a years-long dispute over ownership of minerals under Lake Sakakawea. That lake is man-made, resulting from the Garrison Dam holding back Missouri River water. When the dam was built there was an eminent domain process whereby the government bought the private property which was to be flooded. But

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Tax Reform Bill Will Probably Mean Lower Utility Bills for Many North Dakotans

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. Regulators will be making a decision today on whether or not to investigate the potential impact of tax reform legislation passed just before the

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senate Leadership Fund Starts Ad Campaign Hitting Heitkamp Over Vote Against Tax Reform

“Heidi Heitkamp made a huge mistake siding with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to obstruct middle class tax cuts,” Steven Law, head of a Super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund, said in a recent press release. “We will take it to Democrats over and over this year on tax reform and are confident it

Podcast: NDFB President Daryl Lies, GOP National Press Secreatry Cassie Smedile

Below is today’s podcast from the radio show. Daryl Lies, President of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, called in from Tennessee where he’s on hand for the national Farm Bureau convention. He spoke about President Trump’s address to the convention yesterday. Cassie Smedile, National Press Secretary for the GOP, also called in to talk about

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks to reporters at the White House on June 2, 2017. (Al Drago/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

EPA’s Payroll on Track to Be Cut in Half by the End of Trump’s Term in Office

While the national political press debates about President Donald Trump’s competency, and the possibility of Oprah as President, the Trump administration itself keeps chugging along. At the EPA, in particular, where Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that the agency is already down to Reagan-era levels of employment and is on track to cut its payroll

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