Heidi’s Hiding #3 -Video Release
NORTH DAKOTA REPUBLICAN PARTY
August 21, 2017 – For Immediate Release
North Dakota GOP releases new video, outlining the clash between Heidi Heitkamp’s voting record and North Dakota values.
(BISMARCK, ND) – The North Dakota Republican Party today released a new video, outlining the concerns that North Dakotans have about US Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
Party Chairman Kelly Armstrong says, “It’s no wonder why Heidi’s Hiding. Her record of voting against North Dakota values is indefensible. Our new video makes it very simple – Heidi Heitkamp is more at home with the liberals in Washington DC than she is in her home state.”
Heitkamp’s voting record routinely clashes with principles that North Dakotans have long held. She voted to send money to Iran, handcuff the North Dakota energy industry, and uphold the failed Obamacare health insurance system.
“Heidi Heitkamp has forgotten about North Dakota,” says Armstrong. “It’s hard to believe she’d even consider running for office again, but apparently she is. Recent estimates have her with a large campaign fund paid for by some of the most liberal groups in the country. And we’ve already seen how destructive these radical left-wing factions can be. Heidi Heitkamp should be distancing herself from these people, but she seems more comfortable with them than with us.”
To see the video, go to www.ndgop.org/heidi-is-hiding-video/
Heidi is Hiding Video
Heidi is Still Hiding
NORTH DAKOTA REPUBLICAN PARTY
August 11, 2017 – For Immediate Release
Heidi’s Still Hiding
North Dakota GOP Says Heidi Heitkamp is hiding her voting record on Obamacare, even while scheduling public meetings. Dr. Rick Becker says Heitkamp should be focused on Health Care.
(BISMARCK, ND) – North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Kelly Armstrong today stated that U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp continues to hide her record from North Dakotans.
“Obamacare is deeply unpopular in North Dakota, and Heidi Heitkamp was the deciding vote to save Obama’s policy,” said Armstrong. “Now Heidi Heitkamp is scrambling to be seen in North Dakota talking about anything but her voting record.”
Heitkamp recently announced meetings to talk about farm policy.
“It’s right out of her playbook of the last 5 years,” says Armstrong. “She spends 99% of her time hanging out with liberals in DC or raising millions from out of state special interests while voting against North Dakota values. Then she shows up back home hoping nobody paid attention to her recent votes to save Obamacare.”
“I find it ironic that at the same time she is saving Obamacare, she is blaming inaction in Congress for the upcoming increases that we will all see in our insurance premiums.”
Dr. Rick Becker of Bismarck says Obamacare is fundamentally flawed. “Any rational observer knew that allowing the government to get its hands on a multi-trillion dollar industry would only create high costs and poor care. Yet Heidi Heitkamp has been a cheerleader for this nonsensical policy from day one. Not because North Dakotans wanted it, but because the liberal elites in Washington did.”
Heitkamp voted three times in the U.S. Senate recently to keep Obamacare as the law of the land. Heitkamp also voted to support Obamacare twice in the U.S. Senate in 2015.
“Heidi is hiding from the fact that she has marched in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Obamacare. Heidi seems to believe that Obamacare is a picture of health, when in reality, Obamacare itself is very sick,” said Becker.
“We need meaningful reforms in Obamacare,” said Becker.
1. We need to allow people to buy health insurance across state lines.
2. We need health savings plans that are tax free.
3. We need to get rid of the medical device tax to keep the cost of this insurance low.
4. States need the option to opt out of any Federal health care plan.”
Heidi’s Hiding — even when she’s holding a rare public meeting in North Dakota. She’s hiding her voting record because she’s out of touch, and out of step, with North Dakotans.
August 1, 2017 Contact: Kelly Armstrong 701-255-0030
For Immediate Release Kelly@ndgop.org
North Dakota GOP Begins Campaign to Inform Residents of Heidi
Heitkamp’s Controversial Voting Record
(BISMARCK, ND) – North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Kelly Armstrong
today announced the beginning of a campaign called “Heidi’s Hiding” to expose
Heidi Heitkamp’s voting record in the U.S. Senate.
“When it comes to campaign season, she preaches about bipartisanship, but the
problem is—that’s a fraud,” said Armstrong on a radio program Monday.
Senator Heitkamp has routinely voted against the principles and values of North
Dakotans, and with a potential re-election campaign looming in 2018, the North
Dakota GOP believes that the truth needs to be told about Senator Heitkamp’s
repeated abandonment of traditional North Dakota values such as free market
economics, sanctity of life, limited government, and opposition to Obamacare.
Heitkamp has proven adept at hiding from the voters of North Dakota, and hiding
her voting record from the public.
“She talks one way in North Dakota and votes another way in DC,” said
“North Dakotans believe in free markets, limited government, a diverse and robust
energy sector, and individual choice in medical care,” said Armstrong. “Yet time
after time, Senator Heitkamp has voted with the liberal activists that lead the
Democrat Party in Washington DC, instead of siding with the people of North
Dakota that sent her there. We believe the people of North Dakota need to hear the
The first example of how “Heidi’s Hiding” is her support of Obamacare. North
Dakotans overwhelmingly support President Trump and his desire to repeal and
replace Obamacare with a health care plan that returns choice and affordability to
North Dakotans. Yet Heitkamp voted three times last week alone to keep the
disastrous health care law intact, while health experts nationwide agree that this
plan is not sustainable. Senator Heitkamp also voted to support Obamacare twice
in the U.S. Senate in 2015.
“If Obamacare was a pickup truck,” says NDGOP Executive Director Dane
Ferguson, “any right-minded North Dakotan would send it to the salvage yard. Yet
Senator Heitkamp wants to continue to dump billions of dollars into a rusted-out
machine that can’t get out of neutral.”
Senator Heitkamp’s enthusiastic support of Obamacare goes back to its earliest
days, when it was first shoved down the throats of North Dakotans. Since then,
care options have decreased and premiums have skyrocketed.
“The Democrats are desperate. She is the last foothold they have as a party in
North Dakota. They are spending a lot of Washington DC PAC money to save
her,” said Armstrong.
Heidi’s Hiding. She doesn’t want you to know that. And when will she hold a
town hall meeting to defend her position? That’s our next mystery to solve.
Sine Die Legislative Review
By: Senator Rich Wardner and Representative Al Carlson
As the legislature leaves Bismarck, we are returning home with a balanced budget and no tax increases.
This session has proven the importance of exercising fiscal responsibility and saving for lean times. Despite facing one of the largest declines in revenue in state history, we were able to fund our priorities and balance our budget through a combination of smart reductions and using some reserves.
Early in the session, we passed legislation responding to the Dakota Access pipeline protests, focusing on the safety of our citizens and law enforcement. Months later, the pipeline has been completed and our state’s economy has seen an increase in oil and gas production.
We also responded to budget constraints with an inventive approach to making government more efficient. Legislators brought forward proposals to streamline state agencies and eliminate duplicative services, and we redoubled our efforts to use technology to simplify government services and save taxpayer money.
Our top priority, as always, was investing in our state’s greatest asset: our young people. Although most areas of state government were trimmed to balance the budget, we ensured that our students and teachers were not subject to those reductions. We also prioritized caring for our most vulnerable, restoring funding for long-term care that had been targeted for cuts.
We responded to North Dakota’s addiction crisis by increasing access to behavioral health services. We passed several criminal justice reform bills that go hand-in-hand with these behavioral health efforts. By rethinking punishments for lower-level offenses, we can steer people toward the treatment they need while fixing our prison overcrowding problem.
One of our major legislative accomplishments was the state takeover of county social services funding. This plan will eliminate 20 mills of levy authority in every county, resulting in permanent property tax reform. With this bill’s passage, the State of North Dakota is now contributing over $1.36 billion toward local property tax relief, or 39.1% of what would have been the responsibility of North Dakota property owners.
Through the hard work of legislators from all across the state, we are leaving the Capitol with a positive framework for the future of our state.
Legislative Update: April 14th, 2017
Conference committees are in full swing and we are working with the Senate to put bills in the best possible form before they are sent to the Governor’s desk. We have been working around the clock to defend the House’s position on conference committees and have had much shorter floor sessions. We are still hoping to be able to save a few days and not go a full eighty days.
The controversy regarding NDSU Sanford Nursing school has been resolved and an amendment to the lease agreement has been made. This involves setting the rent back to $1 per year for the remaining two years of the lease. This saves the taxpayers money, ensures that students will not have to carry the burden of paying for this huge increase in rent, and helps NDSU maintain their program in Bismarck. The legislative body never had an intention of closing the school. The newly revised agreement will be on the agenda of the State Board of Higher Education at the end of the month.
A bill to absorb county social services in a two-year pilot program into the state health department was debated on the floor for over an hour on Wednesday. The House Finance and Taxation committee amended the bill to take away the 12% buydown for property tax relief and automatic inflators. The state is going to provide over $1.1 billion dollars in property tax relief in the next biennium and take away 20 mil levies of local property tax authority. By doing this, the state will be providing permanent property tax relief and make the government more effective. This bill has begun conference committees on this issue.
This week, the Senate elected Sen. Dave Oehlke of Devils Lake to be the next President Pro Tempore. He was sworn in on Thursday and exchanged gavels with Sen. Gary Lee, the Senate’s previous President Pro Temp. He will preside as the President of the Senate whenever Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford is absent. A few other senators were recognized in the last week as well. Sen Jerry Klein was named the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Legislator of the Year, and Sen. Janne Myrdal was named the state chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).
This week, SB 2186, the innovative education plan, was signed into law by the Governor. This bill establishes an innovative education program that allows schools and school districts to apply to the superintendent for a waiver of certain chapters of state law and associated rules if it will improve education delivery, administration of education, provide more opportunities, or improve academic success. The bill was the result of a bipartisan effort to give teachers more creative control over their classrooms.
The journeys of a few major bills came to an end in the Senate this week. SB 2344, the medical marijuana bill, was sent to the governor on Thursday after the Senate concurred with House amendments. In addition, the Senate chose not to pass HB 1436, choosing to put the idea of self-funding health insurance for state employees into a study instead.
Many of the large budgets and issues will not be finalized until the final days of the session.
Legislative Update: 4/7/17
The Senate and the House continue to meet in conference committees this week, hoping to come to a final agreement on the different versions of bills that passed in both chambers. In addition, we are steadily continuing to chip away at the total number of bills that have yet to be voted on. Some important questions still remain, and our leadership is hard at work determining how we will close up the budget.
This week, the Senate concurred with House amendments and sent SB 2327 to the Governor’s desk. This bill will create a new Dept. of Environmental Quality. By transferring responsibilities into this new department, North Dakota will improve its ability to retain primacy in choosing how to meet federal regulations most prudently. This legislation emphasizes the importance of local control and government efficiency, and it is an effort to re-invent government in order to work more effectively.
The Senate bill regarding campaign ethics and finances was passed in the House this week and the Senate concurred with the amendments. This Republican-sponsored bill will bring more transparency to campaign finance reporting. This bill will promote transparency in elections, will give voters online access to important campaign finance information and prohibit personal use of campaigns funds.
The bill for the implementation of medical marijuana has finally passed both the House and the Senate. Amendments were added in the House to allow for additional forms of the product to be available and also lowered the fees for application fees. The legislation also prioritizes increasing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the system without restricting access to those seeking medical marijuana.
An amendment that was widely publicized was on the University System’s budget. There has been much speculation about the continuation of the North Dakota State University Nursing School at Sanford in Bismarck. Republicans have always been very committed to the continuation of expanding education and healthcare professionals, especially in a time of a nurse shortage. The program is not going to be closing, Sanford will be negotiating a better public-private partnership for the University and the students.
The Senate bill to restore the royalty payments to the rightful owners for minerals under the Missouri river, passed on the House floor. This bill not only is the right thing to do, by giving back land that wasn’t the state’s property, but it also could spur more oil development under lake Sakakawea, due to this bill clarifying ownership of mineral rights.
Many of the biggest issues still remain for the next week or two, as the legislature makes difficult decisions on how to fund our priorities and how to go home with the budget balanced.
Senator Armstrong and Representative Porter: Constitutional Carry
The legislature passed the “constitutional carry” bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Burgum. This law allows citizens to carry a concealed weapon if they meet the eligibility requirements for a Class 2 concealed weapons’ license and have possessed a valid ND ID card for at least one year. It will go into effect on August 1st.
Our state constitution reinforces the broad right of our citizens to “keep and bear arms” as guaranteed by our federal constitution. With the constitutional carry law in place, any North Dakota citizen that is legally allowed to carry a gun will no longer have to prove to the government that they can do so.
The decision to carry a gun is a constitutional right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. But with that right comes responsibility. We trust that law abiding citizens are capable of knowing the laws, understanding that they meet the qualifications to carry, and that they are informed about gun safety. As Governor Burgum stated, “Gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility. That responsibility begins with individuals and families.”
This law does not significantly decrease safety requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, as some have suggested. Under current law, someone must only pass a simple open-book test and meet the conditions of eligibility in order to obtain a Class 2 license; there are no required safety classes or shooting proficiency tests.
This law also introduces a duty for citizens to inform police officers if they are carrying a concealed weapon during traffic stops and other interactions. This is a positive change, introduced at the behest of law enforcement, to promote public safety and allow our law enforcement officers to do their job.
The permitting process ensures reciprocity with other states for those carrying a concealed weapon, and North Dakota residents will still be able to do so. The constitutional carry law only applies within the state of North Dakota.
Anyone wishing to carry a concealed weapon under the authority of this new law will still be required to meet the eligibility requirements for receiving a Class 2 license. These conditions include being a North Dakota resident, at least eighteen years of age, mentally fit, possessing a valid ID, and having no felony or violent crime convictions. Also, other restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon still apply, including the prohibition at public gatherings, government buildings, and schools.
Constitutional carry is an example of good legislation that protects the constitutional rights of North Dakotans, while still promoting public safety and personal responsibility.
Senator Kelly Armstrong, Chairman of Judiciary Committee
Representative Todd Porter, Chairman of Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Legislative Update: March 24th
The House and Senate are nearing the end of committee work. The only bills left in committee are receiving their final amendments or are in the appropriations committee. These bills have committee members working overtime to find a place for each bill’s fiscal note within our tight budget for the next biennium.
Senate bill 2344, the bill for the implementation of medicinal marijuana across the state, was heard by the House Human Services committee on Wednesday. This bill adds changes to the Measure 5 Compassionate Care Act, that was passed on the ballot in November. These changes were added by the Legislature because of procedural, technical, and regulatory changes that were needed by state agencies and the office of the US Attorney General. No recommendation has come out of committee yet.
A house bill to allow North Dakotans to vote on allowing casinos across the state in the 2018 general election failed on the floor on March 23rd. This bill was widely debated across the state and amended from state-owned casinos to a much shorter version that would have state-regulated casinos. This bill was intentioned to allow voters be involved in the process if they would like to see casinos in the state.
Republicans in the Senate and House brought forward a bill that will bring more transparency to campaign finance contributions. This bill passed the Senate at the end of February and is going through amendments in the House Government and Veteran Affairs committee. There will be a recommendation by the policy committee early next week and will be voted on the House floor shortly after.
The “Constitutional carry” bill that allows citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, passed through the House prior to crossover and was on the floor of the Senate this week. The Senate also passed this bill by a margin of 34-13. The bill was on the Governor’s desk this week and Burgum signed it into law. North Dakota will be the 14th state to recognize permitless carrying.
We will be finishing policy bills this upcoming week and will begin conference committees the following week.
Legislative Update, March 17th, 2017
As we near the fiftieth day of the legislative session, the Appropriations Committees continue to do diligent work to make cuts and find efficiencies in the budget so that they can put together a solid plan for the 2017-19 biennium. The policy committees continue to review bills and make recommendations to send to the floor.
The Senate unanimously passed HB 1171 this week, extending free tuition to stepchildren of firefighters or peace officers who die in the line of duty. Current law ensures that the state will pay for biological children, and this seemed like an omission that needed to be corrected.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard seven bills relating to guns on Tuesday. The Fort Lincoln room was full of those giving testimony on either side of the issues. Among them was HB 1169, the “constitutional carry” bill that allows a person with a Class 2 firearms license to carry a concealed weapon with his driver’s license rather than requiring a permit.
The Committee also heard HB 1310, a bill that creates a pilot project for ten schools across the state to have an armed first responder in the building. The bill’s intention is to help rural schools for whom law enforcement response times could be too long.
After a floor debate that was just short of an hour, the House voted to officially de-fund the smoking prevention program known as BreatheND. The responsibilities of the agency will be absorbed by the health department to streamline government. We are still committed to smoking cessation and funding for tobacco prevention in our local public health departments.
A few weeks ago, the House that would repeal Sunday closing laws. This bill was defeated by a slim margin in the Senate this week.
A topic that has been widely publicized is SB 2320. This would legalize a syringe exchange program across the state. The bill would allow drug users to exchange used needles with clean ones to combat the spread of viral diseases as part of a public health response.The bill also states that law enforcement may not stop, search, or seize an individual participating in the program. This bill passed through the Senate prior to crossover and passed on the House floor Friday.
As the end of the session nears, the Senate is finishing hearings on House bills and vice-versa, and soon the legislators will begin convening in conference committees to resolve differences between bills passed in both the House and the Senate.