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 - As North Dakota House Republicans prepare to pick Al Carlson’s successor, Democrats may have their own leadership race brewing. Fargo state Rep. Josh Boschee, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state this year, plans to run for House minority leader, he said Monday, Nov. 12. He cited the relationships he built through his recent statewide campaign and said he was recruited by members of the caucus to run for the post.
BISMARCK - A trio of North Dakota lawmakers unveiled a bill draft to give state employee salary increases Monday, Nov. 12, a couple of months ahead of the 2019 legislative session.
BISMARCK — Republican senator-elect Kevin Cramer boiled his Tuesday night victory down to one major factor: Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s voting record. It was something that the incumbent senator didn’t have when she defeated then-congressman Rick Berg by fewer than 3,000 votes six years ago. But through months of campaigning, Cramer made his case that Heitkamp wasn’t as moderate as her reputation suggested.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democrats made slight gains in the state Legislature Tuesday, Nov. 6, but helped knock off House Majority Leader Al Carlson, setting off an intraparty race for his post. Republicans maintained supermajorities in both chambers as Democrats added at least one and possibly two seats in the state Senate and possibly two in the House. Two races, however, were subject to a possible recount.
BISMARCK — Votes continued to roll in Tuesday night, Nov. 6, as North Dakota’s closely watched U.S. Senate race came to a close.
BISMARCK - Heidi Heitkamp rallied a couple hundred supporters in a Bismarck union hall and Kevin Cramer cast his ballot less than a mile away Monday morning, Nov. 5, as the race for U.S. Senate hurtled toward the finish line. Heitkamp, a Democratic senator seeking a second term in a reliably red state, was on the final leg of her 25-stop statewide bus tour ahead of Tuesday's midterm election. In the capital city on a cold and wet morning, she relied on familiar campaign themes of health care, trade and bipartisanship and made another pitch to get voters to the polls.
BISMARCK — Facebook has removed an advertisement sponsored by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL warning people they could lose their hunting licenses in other states if they vote here. The ad was deemed false by fact-checkers for the Associated Press and Politifact. North Dakota Republicans called it a form of voter suppression, and the social media giant appeared to agree.
FORT YATES, N.D. — In a fiery speech on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker slammed North Dakota’s voter identification law as he campaigned for fellow Democrat Heidi Heitkamp Friday, Nov. 2. But just hours earlier at the state Capitol in Bismarck, the state’s tribal liaison expressed confidence voters wouldn’t be disenfranchised when they head to the polls Tuesday.
FARGO — Heidi Heitkamp launched the final leg of her campaign for a second term in the U.S. Senate with the help of former Vice President Joe Biden in front of an energized crowd at the Fargo Air Museum Thursday, Nov. 1. Several hundred people attended the event that kicked off the Democratic senator's statewide bus tour in the final days of the race against Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday, Oct. 31, she voted against a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, but she supported another proposal to add anti-corruption language to the state constitution. Heitkamp revealed her stances on the four ballot measures North Dakotans will consider this year after voting in Mandan. Her opponent, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, was traveling and wasn't immediately available for comment.