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 liberal group has brought a complaint against Tom Campbell, the lone North Dakota Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, for allegedly failing to report the use of equipment from his private company as a campaign expense or in-kind contribution.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers called for an updated sexual harassment policy that includes a process for reporting such behavior Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Legislature's current two-paragraph policy says sexual harassment "in any manner" won't be tolerated. Its definition includes "verbal abuse" and "physical touching" of a sexual nature, as well as any threat that somebody's job will be affected by rejecting sexual advances.
BISMARCK—Seeking more input on state revenue projections after recent estimates missed the mark, North Dakota lawmakers voted Tuesday, Dec. 5, to contract with a consulting firm to provide economic forecasting data. The Legislative Revenue Advisory Committee voted unanimously in favor of IHS Markit's proposal, which carries a $49,292 price tag. That came just weeks after the Office of Management and Budget signed a new two-year, $140,000 contract with Moody's Analytics that includes the option for two two-year renewals, the agency's outgoing director Pam Sharp said.
BISMARCK — A federal judge ordered the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday, Dec. 4, to work with two American Indian tribes on an oil spill response plan for the project's Lake Oahe crossing.
BISMARCK -- An intraparty race for North Dakota Secretary of State may be in the works. Will Gardner, chairman of the District 34 Republicans, is scheduled to address a committee of the North Dakota Republican Party later this month in Minot as a “candidate for Secretary of State,” according to an agenda obtained by Forum News Service. That would set up a challenge to the longtime Republican incumbent Al Jaeger, who said Monday morning, Dec. 4, he planned to run again. He was first elected in 1992.
BISMARCK - North Dakota’s senators split their votes early Saturday, Dec. 3, on the Republican overhaul of the tax code. Sen. John Hoeven sided with almost all of his fellow Republicans to pass the bill in a 51-49 vote. The bill still needs to be reconciled with a House version that passed a couple of weeks ago before heading to President Donald Trump’s desk.
BISMARCK—The list of potential Republican challengers to U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp narrowed Friday, Dec. 1, when Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller said she would not run against the incumbent Democrat.
BISMARCK—The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS in North Dakota has steadily climbed over the past five years, the state Department of Health said Friday, Dec. 1. In 2012, there were 16 such cases. But that rose to 50 by 2016, said Shari Renton, the department's HIV surveillance coordinator. Renton said there have been more reports of anonymous sex, but she said "it could also just be that more people are getting tested," bumping up the number of reported cases.
BISMARCK — Years before she became the state budget director, Pam Sharp's time in the North Dakota Auditor's Office helped her understand the inner workings of government agencies. "I liked public service," she said from her office on the fourth floor of the state Capitol. "But I decided that if I wanted to move up in state government, I needed a broader view of how state government works."
BISMARCK — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp expressed serious concerns about the Republican tax plan moving through the Senate Thursday, Nov. 30, but said she is still pushing for changes to improve the bill as a floor vote approached. Heitkamp, a Democrat facing reelection next year in a heavily conservative state, joined the rest of her party in voting against a motion to proceed with consideration of the bill Wednesday. Asked in an interview if she ultimately planned to vote for it, she outlined several changes she's pursuing, including a smaller cut in the corporate tax rate.