Heitkamp says she won’t run for governor
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — If former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp tries to resurrect her political career, she says it won't be through a run for governor.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A group of senators has a plan to reduce insulin prices with legislation intended to hold pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies more accountable.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota congressional delegation has introduced legislation to change the name of "Sullys Hill" on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation to its traditional Dakota name...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation is calling on President Donald Trump's administration to address the state's year-old request for $38 million to cover the cost of...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former U.S attorney and lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley will once again serve as the state's top federal prosecutor.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta learned firsthand about challenges to North Dakota's workforce during a visit to the state.
Dakotas tribes seek more crime-fighting help from feds
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal leaders told members of...
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has never been in a better position to contribute to the nation's security, according to state Sen. Kevin Cramer, who serves as a member of the Armed Services...
AP FACT CHECK: Senator makes false national emergency claim
Sen. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, claimed this week that members of Congress are opposing President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration because they dislike the...
Former US Sen. Heitkamp joins board of the McCain Institute
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has joined the board of the McCain Institute.
The Washington, D.C., institute is part of Arizona State University and is named for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain. The nonpartisan institute champions character-driven leadership and civic engagement. One of the areas it works on is human trafficking, a focus of Heitkamp's.
Former US Sen. Heitkamp secures roles with Harvard, CNBC
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has secured roles at Harvard and with CNBC.
Hoeven, Armstrong donate pay during shutdown, but not Cramer
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer says he's keeping his salary during the partial government shutdown , in contrast with the state's other members of Congress.
Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, also Republicans, both say they're donating their pay to charity while the shutdown is in effect. Hoeven is giving his to a National Guard foundation and a Bismarck homeless shelter.
Heated Senate race, other politics top news in North Dakota
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The year in North Dakota was dominated by politics, from the hard-fought U.S. Senate race between Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer to a complimentary and controversial Super Bowl soiree that Gov. Doug Burgum attended and a Trump administration trade dispute that hit soybean farmers the hardest.
North Dakota’s Cramer named to 5 US Senate committees
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen.-elect Kevin Cramer has been named to five committees.
Cramer will work on the Armed Services, Environment and Public Works, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Budget committees.
Cramer says he is grateful that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accommodated his requests. Cramer says he wanted his work to complement fellow Sen. John Hoeven's assignments to "maximize our collaborative influence" for North Dakota.
Heitkamp bids farewell to US Senate after losing re-election
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp bid an emotional farewell to the U.S. Senate, telling colleagues that "gridlock and partisanship does not have to rule the day."
Heitkamp, in a half-hour speech from the Senate floor, appealed to Congress to display "more political courage" and to "rise above "partisanship and rancor."
Heitkamp told lawmakers to use "facts and judgment — not polls — to make our decisions."
Bush helped North Dakota celebrate centennial
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush made numerous visits to North Dakota before and during his presidency.
- The Washington TimesKevin Cramer: 'I could be a victim of racism, but I don't offend easily'July 30, 2019
- The Washington TimesKevin Cramer, North Dakota Republican: U.S should 'acknowledge' Khashoggi's killingJune 19, 2019
- The Washington TimesHerman Cain to withdraw from consideration for Fed Reserve Board: reportApril 12, 2019
- The Washington TimesKevin Cramer has 10-point edge over Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota: PollOctober 2, 2018
Indian Country leaders keeping open mind with new senator
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When Democrat Heidi Heitkamp leaves the U.S. Senate at the end of the year, members of North Dakota's Native American community will lose a powerful friend on causes important to them, from school computers to voting rights to missing and murdered indigenous women.
Newly elected Cramer to farmers: Trump will help you
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The day after his election to the U.S. Senate, Republican Kevin Cramer assured North Dakota farmers that he has President Donald Trump's ear on trade and that Trump will get them a good — and maybe even a great — deal.
"This is a priority for me," Cramer told The Associated Press Wednesday. "President Trump has told me, 'If you want me to push this through fast I will get a good deal for farmers but if you give me some time I will get a great deal.'"
Few Native American voters had ID issues in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Only a few dozen Native American voters appear to have been affected on Election Day by changes to North Dakota's voter identification requirements that many tribal members believed were aimed at suppressing their vote.
VoteCast: North Dakota voters divided on state of nation
Voters casting midterm election ballots in North Dakota are divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 52 percent of North Dakota voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 46 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
North Dakota Republicans collect top prizes _ and more
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republicans once again had their way in North Dakota, punctuated by Kevin Cramer's victory over Heidi Heitkamp in a highly charged U.S. Senate race and Kelly Armstrong's quieter but convincing win to fill Cramer's U.S. House seat.
GOP’s Cramer House seat gamble pays off with Senate win
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It took a pair of personal appeals from President Donald Trump for Republican Kevin Cramer to gamble his hard-won congressional seat for a U.S. Senate bid against one of the state's most well-known and charismatic politicians.
Cramer defeated Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Tuesday after a long and contentious campaign in the conservative state by maximizing his support of Trump to help overcome Heitkamp's big money advantage.
Marijuana, ethics measure, House seat add to ND ballot
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The biggest prize in North Dakota on Tuesday was the state's U.S. Senate seat, where Republican Kevin Cramer derailed the re-election bid of Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to give the GOP wins in both congressional races.
The state ballot had plenty of other items worth voters' attention. Just two years after voters said yes to medicinal marijuana, they rejected the idea of extending that right to recreational pot. Here's a rundown on the election:
Cramer rides Trump ties to oust Heitkamp in Senate
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Kevin Cramer ousted Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Tuesday, persuading North Dakota voters that his emphatic conservatism would serve them better than her occasional independence from her own party.
North Dakota Senate hopefuls in last-minute campaign mode
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Kevin Cramer and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp were finishing their Senate race Monday with a flurry of campaigning in North Dakota's capital city and across the state.
The race has big stakes for the state and the nation, with Republicans banking on it to help retain control of the Senate. Incumbent Sen. Heitkamp, who is seeking her second term, is seen as one of the most vulnerable senators among red-state Democrats.
The Latest: Cramer: Senate race closer than polls indicate
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the North Dakota U.S. Senate race (all times local):
Republican Kevin Cramer says he thinks he's leading Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp but the race is closer than polls suggest.
Cramer voted early Monday in Bismarck. He told reporters that his campaign's internal polling show him leading by double-digits, but he says he's still worried about the election.
Democrat Heitkamp’s re-election hopes may rest with Fargo
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — When Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was choosing her campaign headquarters, Fargo was the obvious choice. She grew up in the area, it's nearly twice as large as any other North Dakota city and it's the biggest potential source of liberal-minded voters in the strongly conservative state.
AP FACT CHECK: Claim that voters lose hunting licenses false
The North Dakota Democratic Party posted a misleading ad on its website and on Facebook that suggests state residents should reconsider voting in this year's election if they have hunting licenses in other states.
Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer is seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in this year's Midterm election.
The Latest: Hoarse Biden helps Heitkamp kick off final tour
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on former Vice President's trip to Fargo to promote Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (all times local):
Former Vice President Joe Biden brushed aside a case of laryngitis to help Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp kick off a statewide tour as her race neared its end.
Heitkamp, Cramer: No to pot, yes to non-citizens voting ban
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican opponent Kevin Cramer said Wednesday they oppose a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana, and they both support a ban on non-citizens voting in the state.
But they disagree on a sweeping government ethics overhaul measure. Heitkamp voted for it; Cramer said he won't.
Booker to rally for Heitkamp in Mandan, Standing Rock
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker will campaign for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.
Heitkamp says Booker will join her on Friday. The state Democratic Party says campaign stops include Mandan and the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Former Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad also is scheduled to be in attendance.
The Latest: ND Senate hopefuls agree on pot, voting ban
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on North Dakota U.S. Senate candidates' votes on state ballot measures (all times local):
North Dakota U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and her Republican opponent Kevin Cramer say they oppose a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana and they both support a ban on non-citizens voting in the state.
Heitkamp spoke with reporters Wednesday after casting an early ballot in Mandan. Cramer will vote in Bismarck on Election Day.
North Dakota Senate hopefuls making final campaign stops
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Senate candidates Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer are enlisting some high-profile help from their respective parties, while also planning a flurry of appearances across the state in the last full week of their long, expensive and contentious campaign.
Sometimes a ballot issue isn’t really about the issue
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The outcome of one of the nation's most critical Senate races could come down to an unrelated question: how North Dakota residents feel about blocking noncitizens from voting — even though such voting is already illegal.
Cramer, Heitkamp turn rapid-fire debate into lively exchange
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Senate candidates Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer on Friday turned what was supposed to be a debate with rapid-fire questions into heated arguments about health care, Social Security and trade.
Biden coming to Heitkamp’s aid with kickoff of state tour
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp next week as she kicks off a five-day statewide tour.
Biden will help launch the tour in Fargo on Thursday. Heitkamp's campaign says the tour will hit more than 20 communities and cover more than 2,000 miles.
Heitkamp is facing Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer in a race seen as critical for control of the closely divided Senate.
Sen. Heitkamp raises $12.4 million after Kavanaugh vote
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's fundraising jumped dramatically in the period after she voted against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Federal data show the North Dakota Democrat raised more than $12.4 million in the first 17 days of October. That was more than three times what she took in for the entire quarter before.
Her Republican challenger, Kevin Cramer, raised far less during the 17 days — only about $603,000.
Donald Trump Jr. to campaign for US Senate candidate Cramer
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son plans a stop in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer.
Cramer's campaign says Donald Trump Jr. will be in Williston on Tuesday. Trump Jr. will be accompanied by his girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Trump Jr. is making his second headlining trip to North Dakota. He spoke last month at the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting in Fargo.
Hagel: Democratic Sen. Heitkamp has veterans’ backs
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Republican senator and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told North Dakota military veterans Tuesday that Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is a bipartisan, common sense lawmaker who will continue to look out for their interests.
"She is a straight-shooter who does not look through a political lens," said Hagel, a former two-term senator from Nebraska and twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran. "She sure as hell deserves your consideration for a second term."
Former US Defense Secretary Hagel stumping for Heitkamp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit North Dakota this week to campaign for Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Heitkamp's campaign says he will stump for the senator Tuesday in Bismarck, New Town and Minot.
On Wednesday, Hagel will make campaign stops with Heitkamp in Grand Forks, Portland, Fargo and the senator's hometown of Mantador.
Examining some flashpoints in Heitkamp-Cramer debate
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The first debate Thursday between Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer began with and handshake and a hug and ended with some of the tensest exchanges of the evening as the candidates directly questioned each other.
In between, both made some claims worth a deeper look:
Heitkamp renews ad apology; Cramer says she’s not bipartisan
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp opened her debate Thursday against Republican challenger Kevin Cramer with a renewed apology for a newspaper ad attacking her opponent that improperly identified some survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, calling it a "grave and horrible error."
"I am praying for guidance and forgiveness," the Democrat told the nearly 200 people at Bismarck State College during her and Cramer's first debate before the Nov. 6 election.
The Latest: Heitkamp opens debate with renewed ad apology
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the first debate between Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer (all times local):
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp opened her debate Thursday against Republican challenger Kevin Cramer with a renewed apology for a newspaper ad attacking her opponent that improperly identified some survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Heitkamp: Staffer out after ad that named victims
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says a staff member who helped gather names for a newspaper ad that identified some victims of sexual abuse without their permission is no longer with her campaign.
Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying victims of abuse
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp apologized Tuesday for misidentifying victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape who were listed in a recent North Dakota newspaper ad aimed at her opponent.
The Democrat, who is facing a tough race for re-election, said in a statement that she had recently learned that several of the women named in the ad either hadn't authorized it or are not survivors of abuse.
The Latest: Heitkamp contacting women named in abuse ad
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Heitkamp's apology for misidentifying victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape (all times local):
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she is reaching out to women she mistakenly identified in a campaign ad as victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.
Heitkamp says she recently learned that several of the women named in the newspaper ad either hadn't authorized it or are not survivors of abuse.
Heitkamp holds money advantage over Cramer in Senate race
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp continues to hold a fundraising advantage over Rep. Kevin Cramer, her Republican challenger.
Heitkamp's campaign last week released partial figures ahead of the Federal Election Commission's Monday deadline. Heitkamp says she raised more than $3.8 million in the third quarter for her re-election bid, and has $3.2 million cash on hand.
Cramer's campaign filings show he raised $1.7 million for the quarter, and has about $1.2 million cash on hand.
North Dakota Democrat Heitkamp scrambles to catch Cramer
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Heidi Heitkamp squeezed dozens of hands and posed for pictures with college students at North Dakota State University recently, bubbling with characteristic exuberance that belied the Democratic senator's uncertain future.
"I want everybody to just do something for me," Heitkamp said, her voice hoarse. "Everybody stand up! I want you to reach as high as you can. Now, I want you to reach about six inches higher. That's what we've got to do to win! We've got to go higher."