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Flashback Friday: Retiring Rep. Phil Roe sang for Heard on the Hill in 2011
Roe and staff performed “Amazing Grace” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe prepares to play a bluegrass song with Alex Large, a staff assistant in his office. Roe announced Friday he will retire from Congress at the end of 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Revolution in North Dakota Will Not Be Televised
Radio rises in importance in top-tier Senate race

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer is the first name mentioned among Republicans who could challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in 2018. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.