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Aaron and Cindy Krauter at their farm outside Regent. (Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press)

Democrats Encouraging Former Obama Appointee Aaron Krauter to Run for the U.S. House

Democrats Encouraging Former Obama Appointee Aaron Krauter to Run for the U.S. House

Back in October I wrote about Aaron Krauter, an Obama appointee and a former state lawmaker, clearly being interested in getting back into North Dakota politics. Krauter left his federal appointment to the Farm Service Agency with the election of President Donald Trump, and had a one year cool down period where he couldn’t get

Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, North Dakota State University.

Public Meetings Held Out of State Should Be Illegal

Back in 2012 I requested from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office an opinion on open meetings law as it applied to a supposedly public meeting of North Dakota State’s Technology and Research Park which was held in Minneapolis. How in the world can a meeting be open to North Dakotans if it is held hundreds

Democrats Announce Initiated Measure to Implement Even Larger Tax Hike on the Oil Industry

According to this table, obtained from Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, the State of North Dakota has collected more than $1 billion in additional revenues from the oil industry thanks to the tax reforms passed by Republicans back in 2015. Those reforms eliminated a massive tax break triggered by low oil prices and lowered the overall

Mystery Republican Candidate Files for North Dakota House Race

According to a Statement of Candidacy filed with the FEC (see below), a woman named Tiffany Abentroth is running for the U.S. House in North Dakota, a race that would pit her against three-term incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer for the NDGOP nomination. Former state lawmaker Ben Hanson is currently the only announced U.S. House candidate

Congressional candidate Ben Hanson in Dickinson. (Grady McGregor / Forum News Service)

Nationally Democratic House Candidates Are Raking It In, but Not in North Dakota

“Is it time for Republicans to start freaking out?” asks Politico. “More than 40 House Republican incumbents were outraised in the final quarter of 2017 by one — or several — of their Democratic opponents, according to the latest round of fundraising numbers. And of that group, more than a dozen had less cash on

Rugged terrain and hot, windy conditions are keeping local volunteer firefighters on scene for up to 30 hours at a time as they work to prevent a fire in the Badlands from doing even more damage. AMY DALRYMPLE/BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Ballot Measure Petition Submitted to Create Special License Plates for Emergency Responders

The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office has received for approval a proposed ballot measure which would create a special license plate for emergency responders. The measure says it’s specifically for volunteer responders, but as you can see from the text of the measure the definition of volunteers includes some professionals: This is a statutory

Dina Butcher, left, hands North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger a proposed petition for a ballot measure to add anti-corruption policies to the state constitution Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. John Hageman / Forum News Service

You Deny Women Agency by Carrying on as Though They Can’t Be Criticized

“In a blog post published Jan. 29, Rob Port attributes no agency to Dina Butcher because she is a non-polarized Republican who willingly interacts with, and occasionally supports, other individuals who are not Republicans,” Ellie Shockley (apropos of nothing, a member of Governor Doug Burgum’s higher education governance task force). “Allegedly this means she is

Tom Kenville, right, of ISIGHT RPV services, discusses with Gov. Burgum some of the work the Grand Forks business is doing in the UAV industry. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Governor Burgum and the Grand Forks Herald Are Feuding Over the Wrong Thing

Governor Doug Burgum sure cheesed off the folks at the Grand Forks Herald. Ahead of a recent visit to Grand Forks to meet with city leaders, said city leaders told the Herald that it was Burgum’s first “official” visit to the city since taking office. Burgum took offense and made some comments during his visit pushing back

Paul Schaffner Photo from Schaffners 2010 House campaign

Third Candidate Announces for U.S. Senate Campaign

UPDATE: Schaffner has now informed me, as of about 1:15am on Feb. 1, that he is again not running. A third candidate has announced that he will be seeking the NDGOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. Paul Schaffner of Bismarck sent me the press release below tonight. He also posted his announcement to a Facebook group

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