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If I lived in North Dakota, I know who I would vote for, not only because Heidi Heitkamp loves that state with all her heart and soul, but because she is the kind of person America needs in the Senate....


By Don C. Reed

I would vote for Heidi Heitkamp, and not only because she is pro-stem cell. This is a tough, strong woman who cares about people. I have talked to her a couple times, and she is cheerful, plain-spoken, and emphatically un-intimidated by the floods of super-PAC money pouring into her state.

Here is a statement worth reading: I found it at:

If you go to the website, you can cast your vote as to why the group Progressives United should support Ms. Heitkamp.

Check it out, please.

Vote for Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota

Heidi Heitkamp grew up in a big family in the small town of Mantador, North Dakota. As North Dakota’s Attorney General, Heidi is best known as one of the chief negotiators in the national settlement against the tobacco companies.

Heidi also fought for campaign finance reform to keep corporate money out of our political system. As a Senator, she’ll fight to end the Wild West that our campaign finance system has become in the wake ofCitizens United.

Heidi, who beat breast cancer 12 years ago, highlighted her personal story in what the National Journal called a “first of its kind” TV ad that contrasted her record with her opponent’s repeated votes to go back to a time when insurance companies could deny care to people with pre-existing conditions.

Heidi’s opponent, who is the 15th-richest member of the U.S. House, voted for the Ryan Budget that would cut his own taxes by $265,000 and raise Medicare costs for seniors by thousands. Heidi believes we need to keep the promises made to our seniors.

And Heidi believes it’s unfair that the Bobcat worker pays a higher tax rate than millionaires like Paris Hilton, and she supports the Buffett Rule so millionaires pay their fair share to reduce the deficit.

In the last two weeks the NRSC said it would put more than $3 million into attack ads in North Dakota during the closing stages of the campaign -- money that had originally been earmarked for other states.

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  •  You can donate to Heidi & other Senate candidates (4+ / 0-)

    in competitive races at the following ActBlue page I set up; it lets you donate to any or all of the 12 Dems in the most competitive Senate races:

    Win The Senate

    This way you don't have to go to multiple ActBlue pages to make donations to different Senatorial candidates.

  •  I, too, know Heidi personally and admire (4+ / 0-)

    her plain speaking, her willingness to hear and consider differences of opinion and, most especially this year, her extraordinary campaign skills and energy.

    Early on in the campaign I lost faith in Heidi for a while and worried that she was too much under the influence of the energy industry to which she has been closely connected and, like Kent Conrad, frustratingly centrist/rightest. After sending her money at the outset of the campaign, I actually wrote to her to let her know that, while I wished her well, my money would go to candidates I could really count on to take progressive positions in the US Senate. I've gotten over that as I've watched her campaign and heard her speak on issues of importance to me.

    If I weren't supporting Heidi because of my admiration for her, I would be supporting her to defeat her opponent, know-nothing Rick Berg. He had barely arrived in the US House when he announced his candidacy for Kent's Senate seat. He voted straight-line (as required) with the Republican leadership, supporting the Ryan Budget, doing nothing to get a farm bill out of the House, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act as well as all manner of restrictions on women's access to health care, supporting legislation to limit labor's ability to organize and against all manner of EPA regulations, to name only a few of his many, many bad votes.

    So, yesterday, I sent Heidi money again. It's a drop in the bucket of what she needs to combat the millions that have now been committed to her defeat. North Dakota has been shown to be the most efficient place to put campaign dollars -- one dollar in North Dakota buys as much airtime as 57 dollars in New Jersey. It's the least costly Senate seat out there. Let's win it.

    The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

    by Alice Olson on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 06:14:42 AM PDT

  •  I live in Calif (4+ / 0-)

    But I contributed to her campaign yesterday.  

    She's no Barbara Boxer, but she is no Lieberman or Ben Nelson either.  And North Dakota is not California either.  She seems an excellent person, very smart, and experienced and capable and will make an excellent senator.  

    Oh, and look at how awful her competition is and how close the race is.   If we win here,we hold the senate.  

  •  Tipped and Rec'd (2+ / 0-)
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    VictorLaszlo, Alice Olson

    Not only would Heitkamp make a great Senator, but donation dollars to North Dakota will have a far greater impact than those to a larger, more urban state because the media markets are so cheap there.

    Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

    by fearlessfred14 on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 06:34:54 PM PDT

  •  Heidi (1+ / 0-)
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    Alice Olson

    Heidi is my candidate. I have known and liked her for a long time. She has the right ideas and knows how to get things done. I have given her several contributions already and wish I could do more.
    Berg, on the other hand, is an absolute tool. He knows nothing about farm policy and votes the way the leadership tells him to vote. He wants less regulation, except when it comes to the lives of women and then he wants total control.He's very rich and favors lower taxes on the rich.

  •  Even if can't vote for her, you can still donate (1+ / 0-)
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    Alice Olson
  •  I do live in North Dakota (0+ / 0-)

    And have donated to Heidi.  She is a great candidate and was a great candidate when she had to conceed the race for Governor because of her breast cancer.  We could have had a Democrat Governor and we wouldnt now have Hoeven as Senator.  

    I attended the debate between Heidi and Rick Berg here in Bismarck and it  wasnt even close  - even though it looked like Berg had stacked  the room with all his "bright young thing" supporters.  

    College kids in ND dont support Berg.  He owns most of the apartment buildings in Fargo - and I dont know anyone  who has ever received their security deposit back from his company.

    Heidi is a great candidate - will be great for North Dakota and the U.S.

  •  I lived in ND for years (0+ / 0-)

    across the street from Heidi, in fact. She will make an outstanding senator. She's smart, genuine, passionate about ND and will fight hard for the middle class. If you can give her a few bucks, please do. I had to decide where to give the little I could afford this year and it was a tough call, but I finally decided to give it to Heidi rather than in my home state.

    This blog is a good source of info on Heidi, Berg and the ND elections.

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