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—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—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.
BISMARCK — An attorney challenging North Dakota's voter ID law welcomed a federal judge's ruling Wednesday, April 4, that expands Native Americans' options at the polls but eliminates voter affidavits.
BISMARCK—Fifty-two North Dakota Republican convention delegates who had fees covered by congressional candidate Tom Campbell have reimbursed the state party, a GOP official said Tuesday, April 3. The disclosure came just days before the state Republican convention that will pit Campbell, a state senator and potato farmer from Grafton, against Dickinson state Sen. Kelly Armstrong, the former state GOP chairman. Armstrong slammed Campbell last month for "buying a vote" by paying delegate fees while acknowledging it's not against party rules.
BISMARCK — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will deliver the keynote address during the North Dakota Republican state convention this weekend in Grand Forks, state GOP Chairman Rick Berg said Tuesday, April 3. Zinke was a Republican congressman from Montana before joining President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. His speech is scheduled for early Saturday afternoon at the Alerus Center.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers examined a bill draft Monday, April 2, that newspaper representatives warned would keep people in the dark about government actions but proponents said could cut costs by easing public notice requirements. The proposed legislation would allow county governments to publish its meeting minutes and election returns on its website or in the local newspaper. That would be a departure from current law, which mandates publication in the newspaper.
BISMARCK — The head of the North Dakota Newspaper Association raised alarms Friday, March 30, over a legislative bill draft that he said would reduce government transparency. The bill, which will be discussed at Monday's meeting of the interim Judiciary Committee at the state Capitol, would allow county governments to publish "a full and complete report of its official proceedings" and election returns on its website or official newspaper. State law currently requires that information to be published in the newspaper.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota Republican congressional candidate this week defended his 2013 legislative vote supporting a bill amendment that a top Fargo-Moorhead diversion backer remembered as a potentially devastating blow to the massive flood protection project. Dickinson state Sen. Kelly Armstrong maintains he supports the diversion, arguing his vote was aimed at ensuring the federal government's commitment for what's now expected to be a $2.4 billion project.