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 — A candidate for the North Dakota Republican Party's backing in this year's U.S. House race criticized his opponent Tom Campbell Thursday, March 22, for paying delegate registration fees ahead of next month's state convention.
BISMARCK—The heads of the North Dakota Legislature's tax committees expressed little interest this week in adjusting to federal tax law changes that are expected to cut into state revenues. In what Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said was the most comprehensive breakdown of the new law's effects, his office estimated the state would lose $4.9 million in the current two-year budget cycle, which ends in mid-2019, and nearly $28.9 million in the 2019-21 biennium. That would represent about a 3.6 percent drop in income tax collections for a full two-year budget cycle.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld disciplinary action taken against a self-described "brawler" Bismarck attorney and candidate for the state's highest court this week. In an opinion issued Tuesday, March 20, justices affirmed a disciplinary board decision to admonish Robert Bolinske Sr. for alleging members of the judiciary had worked to hide public records. He made the allegations against then-Justice Dale Sandstrom and his wife, South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty, who filed a complaint in October 2016.
BISMARCK—As North Dakota Republicans work to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp this year, they selected a new chairman Tuesday, March 20, who came within inches of defeating her six years ago. Former Congressman Rick Berg will start as the GOP chairman immediately after a vote of the party's state committee Tuesday afternoon, said Vice Chairman Jim Poolman. Poolman served as interim chairman after state Sen. Kelly Armstrong stepped down from the party leadership role to run for Congress. Berg didn't face any challengers for the post, Poolman said.
BISMARCK -- Fresh off a defeat at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL convention, former state Rep. Ben Hanson broadcast his support for the party’s endorsed candidate in the U.S. House race Tuesday, March 20. Hanson endorsed Grand Forks attorney Mac Schneider, the former minority leader in the state Senate. Saturday, he didn’t immediately rule out a primary election challenge after losing the three-way endorsement contest.
BISMARCK—A proposed update to the North Dakota Legislature's workplace harassment policy needs some tweaks, state lawmakers said Monday, March 19. Members of the Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee, which includes leaders from both parties, got their first look at the new policy during a meeting at the state Capitol. It was drafted after a flood of sexual misconduct accusations against political, media and entertainment figures elsewhere in recent months.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Supreme Court justices probed attorneys for Gov. Doug Burgum and the state Legislature Monday, March 19, as a historic legal struggle between two branches of government reached the third.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota Democrats endorsed Grand Forks attorney Mac Schneider as their candidate for the U.S. House at their state convention Saturday, March 17, at the Alerus Center. Schneider is a former state senator who was minority leader when he lost his re-election bid in 2016. He bested former state Rep. Ben Hanson and sitting state Sen. John Grabinger for the Democratic nod.
GRAND FORKS—Encouraged by the party's success elsewhere, North Dakota Democrats opened their state convention here Friday, March 16, with hopes of climbing out of the electoral cellar in this Republican-dominated state. And amid the festivities, attendees remembered the last Democrat to serve as North Dakota's governor, George A. "Bud" Sinner, whose funeral was held Friday morning in Fargo.
BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota has asked a federal judge to speed up his review in the ongoing battle over its voter identification laws as a statewide election draws closer. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in North Dakota Friday, March 9, an attorney for the state noted that the primary election is just three months away. Moreover, absentee and mail-in ballots for that election can be submitted as early as April 27.