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 Minnesota woman pleaded guilty to voting twice during the 2016 election in a Cass County (N.D.) court Tuesday, Sept. 25, marking a rare prosecution of such an offense in North Dakota.
BISMARCK — As the nation turns its gaze toward North Dakota and its pivotal U.S. Senate race, the candidates' campaigns have been inundated with cash from across the country. The race between Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has been expected to be the most expensive race in the state's history, given its competitiveness and implications for control of the Senate. Both candidates have leaned on out-of-state sources to fuel their campaigns, a trend that experts say is not out of the norm for such a sparsely populated state.
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court halted part of a lower court's ruling in the long-running battle over North Dakota's voter identification laws Monday, Sept. 24, citing the potential for fraud in the state's elections. In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit suspended a federal judge's April ruling mandating that the state accept IDs and supplemental documentation with a current mailing address rather than requiring a residential street address. The suspension, known as a stay, will be in effect while the court case moves forward.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota review panel has selected two companies to operate as medical marijuana dispensaries in Fargo and Bismarck, state regulators said Monday, Sept. 24, and one facility is slated for a major retail corridor in Fargo.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer dismissed sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as "absurd" Friday, Sept. 21. In a radio interview with Jarrod Thomas of KNOX, Cramer said Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh are "even more absurd" than those Anita Hill leveled against now-Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation process "because these people were teenagers when this supposed alleged incident took place" instead of a supervisor-subordinate relationship.
BISMARCK — A federal judge said Friday, Sept. 21, that part of North Dakota's anti-corporate farming and ranching law improperly hampers interstate commerce, but he declined to strike down the entire Depression-era statute. At the center of the dispute is North Dakota's law preventing corporations and limited liability companies from owning or leasing farm or ranch land and from "engaging in the business of farming or ranching," with some exceptions.
BISMARCK — The first votes were cast Friday, Sept. 21, in North Dakota's consequential 2018 election as military members stationed away from home and overseas voters got the first crack at the ballot. As of early Friday afternoon, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said 23 ballots had been received. The voters were located in Afghanistan, South Africa, France, Indonesia and other far-flung countries, as well as Alabama, Maryland and Virginia, Jaeger said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer expressed skepticism about the decades-old sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday, Sept. 17, while Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp called for a thorough inquiry as the Supreme Court nomination battle animates the hotly contested Senate race between the two.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota legislative committee voted Thursday afternoon, Sept. 13, to reinstate the tribal and judicial addresses that are traditionally held at the beginning of the legislative session, two years after lawmakers ditched the speeches amid the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee voted unanimously to hold the two addresses during the morning of the first day of the legislative session, Jan. 3. Gov. Doug Burgum's State of the State address will be held that afternoon.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers finalized a policy against workplace harassment in the Legislature Thursday, Sept. 13, months after they called for a more formalized approach for reporting incidents amid the #MeToo movement. The Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee voted unanimously to update the policy, which applies to lawmakers, legislative employees and third parties such as members of the media and lobbyists. Its definition of workplace harassment includes sexual harassment and harassment based on race, religion, age and other factors.