The Senate Revolution in North Dakota Will Not Be Televised

Nathan L. Gonzales February 17, 2017 · 1:10 PM EST

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer’s commitment to radio town halls should keep him connected to his constituents, but it could also help lay the groundwork to challenge a Democratic senator in a top-tier race.

The North Dakota congressman held the most town halls (164) among members of Congress in 2016, and 412 since August 2013, when LegiStorm started tracking them. But as Alex Gangitano explained in Roll Call, Cramer’s methods are a little unconventional because he conducts most of his town halls over the radio.

Taking to the radio makes sense considering the distance from the nation’s capital to the Peace Garden State and the fact that North Dakota has approximately 739,000 residents spread across 70,698 square miles.

I don’t believe in coincidences when it comes to most politicians and campaigns, so I’m sure Cramer’s radio presence has nothing to do with the fact that he is the first name mentioned as a possible challenger to Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp next year, or that her brother, Joel Heitkamp, has been hosting his popular “News & Views” radio program every weekday morning for years.

According to Gangitano’s story, Cramer joins conservative radio host Scott Hennen for an hour on Wednesday mornings on radio station KFYR, which reaches Bismarck, Fargo, Tioga, and…

Congressional Republicans Should Be Afraid of Steve Bannon

Nathan L. Gonzales February 14, 2017 · 2:47 PM EST

It’s no secret that Steve Bannon wants to oversee the demise of the mainstream media, but President Donald Trump’s senior adviser probably wouldn’t mind incapacitating the Republican Party in order to remake it into his own image as well. 

Bannon (and Trump, for that matter) referred to the media,…

New York 24: Katko Stands Tall Between Democrats and Takeover

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Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2017 · 3:30 PM EST

Less than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, Democrats are feeling emboldened. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of Washington, D.C. and cities across the country to demonstrate their opposition to the new president. 

While Democrats were dealt a difficult map in the…

Analyzing House Democrats’ Initial Target List

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Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2017 · 3:29 PM EST

Democrats are still recovering from a severe case of whiplash after losing the White House and making minimal gains in Congress in 2016. But House strategists aren’t wasting any time and have already released an ambitious list of 59 takeover targets. 

After gaining six seats last year, Democrats…

Analyzing House Republicans’ Initial Target List

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Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2017 · 3:28 PM EST

Not to be outdone, the National Republican Congressional Committee released its initial list of House takeover targets a little more than a week after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee revealed its list. 

The GOP list of 36 districts currently held by Democrats is smaller than…