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North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt

Audio: Treasurer Kelly Schmidt Says She Felt Ambushed by Legislation to Eliminate Her Office

Audio: Treasurer Kelly Schmidt Says She Felt Ambushed by Legislation to Eliminate Her Office

Yesterday on my radio show I interviewed Treasurer Kelly Schmidt and Rep. Mike Nathe, both Republicans, about the latter’s push to eliminate the former’s office. You can hear the audio of both interviews below, Schmidt first and Nathe second. Schmidt told me she felt ambushed by the announcement of legislation, backed by members of her own party,

State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, pictured in 2015, says nothing is off the table as she considers her office's budget. (TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO)

Republicans, Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate State Treasurer’s Office

During the 2016 election cycle state Senator Tim Mathern, the Democratic candidate for Treasurer, built what little there was of his campaign around the idea of eliminating the Treasurer’s office. Not many voters bought it. Mathern got less than 30 percent of the vote while Republican incumbent Kelly Schmidt earned a fourth term in office

North Dakota's candidates for State Treasurer in the 2016 election cycle. From the left, state Senator Tim Mathern, a Democrat, incumbent Kelly Schmidt, a Republican, and Libertarian candidate Eric Olson.

Audio: North Dakota State Treasurer Candidates Debate Whether the Office Should Even Exist

Yesterday on my radio show I had the three candidates for state Treasurer on for a debate. One of these candidates – Democratic challenger Tim Mathern, who is also a state Senator from Fargo – wants to close the office down. “We have too many state agencies dealing with our,” Mathern said, arguing that the

Brilliant: Democratic Candidate For Treasurer Wants To Eliminate Office If Elected To It

Well played, Senator Mathern. Well played. Mathern said Tuesday he believes the duties of the treasurer’s office can easily be split up between the Office of Management and Budget, Bank of North Dakota and state tax commissioner’s office. “This is nothing against Kelly Schmidt,” he said. “This is an issue of right-sizing government, of saving

North Dakota Democrats Get Last Minute Candidates For Treasurer, PSC, Insurance Commissioner

North Dakota Democrats closed out their state convention last weekend with four statewide candidate slots left empty. Today, right at the deadline for filing candidates for the June primary ballot, they added three candidates for Treasurer, Public Service Commissioner, and Insurance Commissioner. State Senator Tim Mathern of Fargo will be running for Treasurer, challenging Republican incumbent

Senator Tom Campbell Says He’s Not Running For Governor, Treasurer Schmidt To Make Announcement

“As I’ve traveled the state, I’ve been encouraged by the positive feedback I’ve received regarding my exploratory committee for governor,” state Senator Tom Campbell said in a press release today. “But after careful consideration, my family and I have decided now is not the time to join the race. I will continue to fight for strong Republican leadership in

Wayne Stenehjem Expected To Officially Announce Gubernatorial Campaign On November 24

It’s been a foregone conclusion that Wayne Stenehjem, who has served as North Dakota’s Attorney General since 2000, will be announcing a campaign for governor at some point this year. After all Stenehjem, by his own admission, has formed a preliminary campaign committee and has not been returning tens of thousands in contributions already flowing

Republicans Get 6th Potential Governor Candidate, Democrats Still Looking For One

We’re still 192 days out from the NDGOP endorsing convention on April 1st, but already Republicans have a half dozen potential candidates for the state’s first open gubernatorial election since 2000. Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, state Senator Tom Campbell, Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, and Fargo businessman Doug Burgum have said they’re considering

NDGOP Gets Another Governor Candidate As Democrats Struggle To Find One

Last month a friend asked me to place a bet. “How many governor hopefuls at the convention next spring?” he asked me. “The line is 6. Over or under?” I didn’t place a bet, because I don’t gamble, but 205 days away from the NDGOP convention on April 1st and already we’re looking at five

Heidi Heitkamp Isn’t Running For Governor, Now What?

Earlier today Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced that she’s not running for governor in 2016 (during a call-in to a left wing radio show from Washington DC, if that didn’t make it obvious what her decision was). Now what? First, let’s look at what this means on the right side of politics. Republicans, even despite the

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