STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Shutdown over, farm bill up next
By Don Davis
President Barack Obama makes new federal farm policy his third highest congressional priority now that the federal shutdown is history, but that is no guarantee a farm bill will have easy... Posted on 10/21/13 at 8:32 AM
THE NEW FORTY Speaking the truth...
Kevin Cramer, North Dakota's new addition to the U.S. House is committed to speaking the truth and says society needs more people to stand up and speak the truth. The most recent "truth" that Cramer s... Posted on 5/17/13 at 10:34 PM
First-term North Dakota Republican Kevin Cramer said as much Wednesday, fielding questions about flood insurance, the debt ceiling, immigration reform, gun control and Social Security reform at a town hall event at Babb’s Coffee House in downtown Fargo.
The impasse over federal spending has many North Dakotans wondering what is wrong with our federal government. Some have been furloughed or are working without pay, others are discouraged by reports of World War II veterans being kept away from their open-air memorial.
North Dakota Democrats are denouncing Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer’s recent vote to reduce spending on the food stamp program and using the controversy to spur recruiting of a candidate to run against him in 2014. Two Grand Forks legislators appear to be on the short list.
A lot has changed since the era of Sen. Dole. In 1969, when he was elected, we spent $228 million on food stamps. Last year we spent $74 billion. Even adjusting for inflation, today we are spending 51 times more on the same program, and double the 2008 amount.
We are painfully starting to see the effects of forgetting that life is to be valued and respected, not taken for granted and wasted. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has realized the serious impact of this decline, as have many North Dakotans.
A commencement speech by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer this month linking legalized abortion with school shootings has attracted the attention of an Internet media outlet. Cramer’s speech was highlighted in a Huffington Post article published Thursday.
The Spirit Lake Nation has endured a great deal of scrutiny and harsh commentary over the past year concerning the safety of its children. Rep. Kevin Cramer's remarks and a new PBS documentary draw eyes again to the reservation.
North Dakota’s freshman Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Friday she supports marriage equality for same-sex partners, making her the highest-profile elected official in the state to back gay marriage.
The Spirit Lake Tribal Council issued a statement Friday harshly criticizing comments attributed earlier this week to Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., regarding the protection of women and children on the reservation, including that he reportedly wanted to “(w)ring the Tribal Council’s neck and slam them against the wall.”
Rep. Kevin Cramer told a gathering of victim-assistance professionals from the state’s American Indian reservations in Bismarck on Tuesday that he would not feel “safe” on reservations because of new provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, according to one official who was present.
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