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 Gov. Doug Burgum called his White House meeting with President Donald Trump "super productive" as he and other leaders from agriculture states discussed the administration's trade policies. In an interview after the meeting, Burgum said "the playing field has not been level" and people shouldn't overreact to any particular proposal. "We're watching a negotiation take place in real time," he said.
BISMARCK—With his client doomed to spend his remaining days behind bars for two grisly murders in Fargo, Ashley Hunter's attorney argued he didn't receive a fair trial and appealed his conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court Wednesday, April 11. A jury last year found Hunter guilty of murdering Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut in June 2015, the former by repeated stabbings and the latter via hammer blows to the head. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders and 10 years in prison for arson.
BISMARCK — In a first, North Dakota received federal approval to regulate the underground storage of carbon dioxide Tuesday, April 10, a move Gov. Doug Burgum said would help ensure the "long-term viability" of the state's lignite coal industry while reducing greenhouse gases.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Democratic-NPL leader was optimistic this week that the party would gain seats in the state Legislature this fall and chip away at the Republican supermajority as each party solidified their candidate slate. But the top House Republican was just as confident they'd maintain their grip on the state Capitol. Monday afternoon, April 9, marked the filing deadline for the June 12 primary election, which will determine candidates for the November ballot.
BISMARCK—Grafton state Sen. Tom Campbell filed paperwork Monday to run in the June primary in a challenge to the GOP's endorsed candidate for the U.S. House, Dickinson state Sen. Kelly Armstrong. The April 9 afternoon deadline was the final time to file petitions for the June 12 primary election, which will determine candidates for the November ballot. Armstrong soundly defeated Campbell, a potato farmer, for the Republican Party's endorsement over the weekend. "North Dakota needs a conservative farmer and fighter in Washington," Campbell said in a statement.
BISMARCK—The chief sponsor of legislation authorizing electronic pull tabs in North Dakota said Monday, April 9, that proposed rules governing the devices ignore legislative intent. A public hearing Monday at the state Capitol drew representatives from charities that rely on gaming revenue. Comments are due April 19.
GRAND FORKS—U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rallied North Dakota Republicans here Saturday, April 7, and boosted Rep. Kevin Cramer, his former congressional colleague who was endorsed as the party's pick for the U.S. Senate earlier in the day.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota Republicans endorsed Dickinson state Sen. Kelly Armstrong for Congress here Saturday, April 7, but he will face a rematch in two months before moving on to November's general election. Armstrong defeated fellow state Sen. Tom Campbell of Grafton on the first ballot during the party's state convention, earning the support of 847 delegates to Campbell's 480. But minutes later, Campbell confirmed he would run in the June 12 primary.
GRAND FORKS—Dickinson state Sen. Kelly Armstrong was endorsed by North Dakota Republicans for Congress here Saturday, April 7. Armstrong defeated fellow state Sen. Tom Campbell of Grafton on the first ballot, earning the support of 847 delegates to Campbell's 480. Campbell has not ruled out a primary election run in June. Democrats endorsed Mac Schneider, a former state Senate minority leader, less than a month ago. Check back for updates.
BISMARCK — Kelly Armstrong and Tom Campbell will compete this weekend for the North Dakota Republican Party's backing to run for Congress, but it may not be the last time they meet. Armstrong, a Dickinson state senator and former state GOP chairman, has said he'll abide by the party faithful's endorsement when they convene at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks and won't mount a primary election challenge if he loses. But his competitor, a fellow state senator and Grafton potato farmer, was far less committal this week.