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 Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Thursday, Oct. 4, she will vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, questioning his temperament and declaring she believed the woman who accused him of sexual assault.
BISMARCK — State Auditor Josh Gallion's office is conducting an audit of the North Dakota State College of Science just months after the completion of an independent examination of the Wahpeton institution.
BISMARCK — After months of battling each other on the airwaves and in the news media, Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will meet face-to-face in a live debate for the first time Friday, Oct. 5. The debate will be hosted by Prairie Public, which will broadcast it live on its radio, television and YouTube channels starting at 7 p.m. Friday. In a sign of the race's national interest, PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff will moderate the debate alongside Prairie Public's election coverage producer Matt Olien.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota state senator passed along employee complaints about the email former Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler sent Monday, Oct. 1, that led to his resignation. But Bismarck's Erin Oban said she didn't call for Schuler's resignation and wasn't expecting that outcome.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler resigned Monday, Oct. 1, after reflecting on the contentious Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh in an email sent to his staff. Gov. Doug Burgum, who appointed Schuler in January 2017 and announced the resignation Monday, said in a statement that Schuler “apologized for sending to Commerce Department staff an email this morning that was unacceptable in official communications with team members.”
BISMARCK — More than 1,000 online retailers have registered with North Dakota's tax authorities since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for states to require out-of-state sellers to collect sales tax, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said Monday, Oct. 1.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state officials may appoint somebody to fill the remaining months of former State Board of Higher Education Vice Chairman Greg Stemen's term after he resigned last week. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, who chairs a state committee that recommends board candidates, had already announced she was seeking applicants for two board positions when Stemen announced his resignation last week. One of those positions was Stemen's, but he was eligible for reappointment to a new four-year term starting July 1.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, considered one of several Democrats who may vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, said she remained undecided Friday morning, Sept. 28, a day after an extraordinary hearing examining sexual assault allegations against the nominee.
BISMARCK — Attorneys representing a group of Native Americans challenging North Dakota's voter identification laws filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, Sept. 27. This week, a federal appeals court halted part of a lower court ruling that said the state must accept IDs and supplemental documentation with a current mailing address. The appellate court said that could lead to voters casting a ballot in the wrong precinct if they use a post office box as a mailing address.
BISMARCK — Greg Stemen, the vice chairman of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, resigned from his post Thursday, Sept. 27, due to "added work responsibilities and increasing personal obligations." Stemen's four-year term was set to expire at the end of June 2019. A resident of Oakes, he's the vice president of the southeast region of First Community Credit Union. Stemen said on top of more responsibilities at work, he has a daughter in high school with a busy athletic career.