John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK—North Dakota legislative leaders have asked the state's chief information officer to stop reorganizing his department and implementing other initiatives until lawmakers are briefed on the plans. But Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley said Wednesday, Feb. 21, some of the lawmakers' concerns may be based on misunderstandings.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Republican state Sen. Kelly Armstrong has filed paperwork to run for Congress. The Federal Election Commission filing came days before a planned announcement Thursday, Feb. 22. A Facebook page includes a logo with "United States Congress" under Armstrong's name. Armstrong, a Dickinson attorney, resigned his position as North Dakota Republican Party chairman Tuesday. Armstrong would be running for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's seat. The third-term congressman said last week he would challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's office said Tuesday, Feb. 20, it didn't originally disclose the full amount the first-term Republican reimbursed to Xcel Energy for his Super Bowl trip because the initial questions surrounded the cost of the game tickets, not other related events. Burgum's spokesman Mike Nowatzki originally said the governor reimbursed the utility $37,000 for his and his wife's Super Bowl tickets. But an open records request by the Associated Press later revealed Burgum also paid roughly $2,500 for events related to the Feb. 4 game.
BISMARCK—A leader in the effort to raise North Dakota's oil tax said Monday, Feb. 19, they're not moving forward with a ballot measure this year. Former Democratic state lawmaker Ed Gruchalla said the effort lacked backing from any "major groups" and faced fierce and well-funded opposition from the oil industry. He said the proposal could come back in a future election or during the next legislative session. "We know it takes money to win (an) initiated measure," Gruchalla said. "We just don't have the funding right now."
BISMARCK—Former North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth said Monday, Feb. 19, he won't run for the U.S. House this year. Emineth considered running for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's seat now that the congressman has decided to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Emineth dropped his own Senate bid last week to make way for Cramer. Cramer's announcement also prompted Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell to switch from the U.S. Senate race to the House contest. Several other Republicans have at least expressed interest in that seat as well.
BISMARCK—Rep. Kevin Cramer's decision to enter North Dakota's U.S. Senate race this year has prompted several Republicans to at least express interest in his House seat, shaking up the contest less than two months before the party's state convention. Grafton state Sen. Tom Campbell endorsed Cramer's Senate run Friday, Feb. 16, and said he would launch a House bid. Campbell had been campaigning for Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's seat since August, but Cramer is seen as the Republicans' best shot at winning the Senate race.
BISMARCK — “I’m in.” With those words, North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer confirmed Friday, Feb. 16., what was obvious after a steady drip of news reports throughout the week: He will run for U.S. Senate this fall and try to unseat the Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer will hold a rally at a Bismarck hotel Friday, Feb. 16, all but confirming the third-term Republican congressman will launch a bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Cramer didn't return messages Thursday, but the National Republican Congressional Committee said he will run for the U.S. Senate.
BISMARCK—Members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission said Wednesday, Feb. 14, Gov. Doug Burgum's decision to attend this month's Super Bowl as a guest of Xcel Energy won't affect how they regulate utilities.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota Republican dropped his short-lived bid for U.S. Senate Tuesday, Feb. 13, in anticipation of Rep. Kevin Cramer joining the race, although the third-term congressman was mum about his intentions. Cramer said a month ago he would seek re-election to the U.S. House instead of pursuing a challenge against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat elected to statewide office in North Dakota. But he said Friday he was "mildly reconsidering" his decision.