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Democratic state party chairwoman and candidate for Tax Commissioner Kylie Oversen. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Leadership Change May Be in the Works for North Dakota Democratic Party

Leadership Change May Be in the Works for North Dakota Democratic Party

According to a Democratic insider with knowledge of the discussions, there’s a movement afoot to replace party chairwoman Kylie Oversen with someone else. Oversen presided over what was a disastrous 2016 election cycle for the Democrats, yet maintains her leadership post in the 2018 cycle despite deciding to also launch a campaign for Tax Commissioner

North Dakota Democratic congressional candidate Ben Hanson speaks during district conventions in Fargo Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Democrat Ben Hanson Hangs up House Campaign

Former Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider may have won the endorsement from delegates to the North Dakota Democratic Party’s state convention over the weekend, but in North Dakota the actual party nominees are chosen on the June ballot. After the convention, clearly a little bitter at losing to Schneider’s last-minute (and Heitkamp-backed) blitz campaign, former

Democrat Insider: State Party Engaged in “Backstabbing and Double Dealing” With Some Candidates

Yesterday I wrote a post, based on comments from a past statewide candidate for the North Dakota Democrats, which was critical of the state party’s handling of their state convention this weekend, among other things. My source called the convention a “celebration of incompetence.” Today another Democrat active in state politics contacted me to say

A screenshot from a campaign ad featuring North Dakota state Senator Tom Campbell via YouTube

Campbell for Senate Radio Ads Still Running

Earlier this week a reader sent me a mailer he’d received from the Tom Campbell campaign which still had the state Senator running against Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate. The problem being that Campbell switched his Senate race into a House race weeks back when North Dakota’s current congressman, Kevin Cramer, announced

Former state Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider announced his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in Grand Forks on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Sam Easter / Forum News Service

North Dakotans Have a Choice Between Democrats Who Say They’ll Govern Like Republicans and Actual Republicans

Over the weekend the Associated Press had an interesting article about the crop of Democratic U.S. House candidates – former state lawmakers Mac Schneider and Ben Hanson, alongside current state Senator John Grabinger – who have emerged since incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer announced his candidacy for the Senate. “North Dakota’s Democratic U.S. House hopefuls are

Former state Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider announced his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in Grand Forks on Tuesday. (Herald photo/Sam Easter)

“I’D Be Honored to Work With President Trump” Says North Dakota Democrat Running for the House

One of the most interesting things to observe in North Dakota politics is just how far the state’s Democrats must journey away from the positions of the national counterparts in order to win elections here. “I’d be honored to work with President Trump,” Mac Schneider, a former state lawmaker who lost re-election in 2016, said

State Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown

North Dakota Democrats Will Have a Competition for a Party Endorsement for the First Time in a Long Time

The problem North Dakota’s Democrats have usually faced, in recent election cycles, is finding enough candidates to run for statewide office. While the NDGOP routinely enjoys the luxury of multiple candidates often competing for one race or another, the Democrats are often flirting with the embarrassment of being a major political party with no candidate

Tom Campbell announces his candidacy for the U.S. House during a U.S. Senate campaign rally for N.D. Rep. Kevin Cramer on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Ramada in Bismarck. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)

After All the Announcements and Maneuvering, Here’s What North Dakota’s Federal Races Look Like This Morning

Congressman Kevin Cramer announced last week that he’s running for the U.S. Senate. That has set off a ripple of maneuvering across Republican political circles, and I thought I’d round up what everything looks like as of this morning. First, as I wrote over the weekend, we can expect current NDGOP Chairman, and Dickinson-area state

State Senator Tom Campbell appears in a television ad for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Now That Cramer’s in the Senate Race, What Happens in the House Race?

Congressman Kevin Cramer is running for the United States Senate. That’s not official official yet, but c’mon. Dude has a Facebook event for a Senate campaign announcement. It’s a done deal. He’s in the race, and the nomination is basically his. State Senator Tom Campbell, who launched his Senate campaign back in August, has been on

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

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