I wrote yesterday that you could expect NDGOP Chairman and state Senator Kelly Armstrong to join the race for the U.S. House this week. He hasn’t made an official announcement yet – though he is scheduled to be on my radio show on Thursday at 1:30pm – but he has filed to organize a House campaign with the FEC which you can see below. I’m not sure that a federal campaign gets more official than this.
Over the weekend the Fargo Forum published an editorial calling for the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban that was as shallow as it was myopic. “There is no legitimate civilian use for guns like the AR-15,” the paper writes. There are millions upon millions of Americans who own AR-15 rifles, and equivalent firearms, who might disagree with that statement.
MINOT, N.D. — As I write this column there is much jubilation from Republicans in my social media feeds over Congressman Kevin Cramer finally announcing his campaign for the Senate. There is also much snarling from my left wing friends who had thought, when Cramer previously announced in January that he'd be staying in the House, they became convinced that Senator Heidi Heitkamp's re-election would be a layup.
To hear some environmental activists put it, you’d think North Dakota were an industrial wasteland where energy industry titans are allowed to pollute the land and air with impunity. Those of us who actually live here can see that lie for what it is with our own eyes. Our state has a proud tradition, stretching back to its agrarian roots, of simultaneously promoting industrial development and responsible protections of the environment.
Earlier today I wrote a post speculating about what the U.S. House race might look like here in North Dakota now that incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer is ( all but ) officially in the Senate race.
Yesterday all too familiar news broke about another mass shooting. This time at a high school in Florida. This morning the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. We may learn more in the coming weeks about why Cruz did this. It’s unlikely, given that he’s still alive, that Cruz’s motives will be as inaccessible as those of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. They could be as inscrutable as those of Tucson shooter Jared Loughner.
MINOT, N.D. — Republicans are not setting themselves up to be able to win the race against U.S. Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp with any candidate but Congressman Kevin Cramer. Cramer announced late last month that he wouldn't be running for the Senate. He said he'd rather stay in the House where he enjoys the two-year campaign cycle and his growing seniority in committee assignments. But some Republicans aren't taking no for an answer.
The federal candidates like Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Tom Campbell released their fundraising totals for 2017 a while ago, and of course those totals generated headlines. Mostly about how much money Heitkamp has raised .
I haven’t heard any sort of an announcement that Congressman Kevin Cramer is, for certain, running for the U.S. Senate but fellow Republican candidate Gary Emineth just sent out an email saying he’s withdrawing his candidacy. In it he explicitly states that Cramer is in. Click here to continue reading Rob Port's Say Anything blog.
Late last week I broke a story about Congressman Kevin Cramer reconsidering entrance into the U.S. Senate race. Since then I’ve had reports from numerous sources saying the Congressman is under an intense amount of pressure to run. According to a source close to the Cramer campaign, President Donald Trump has been in contact with the Congressman no less than three times now urging him to run with at least one of those contacts coming after Cramer had announced he was staying in the U.S. House.