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Mystery Republican Candidate Files for North Dakota House Race

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

Governor Burgum Should Have Paid for His Own Super Bowl Tickets

Governor Doug Burgum attended the Super Bowl this weekend, and Xcel Energy picked up the tab. Burgum’s staff tried to cover the trip with a veneer of official duty, telling the Fargo Forum that the Governor would be discussing reliability issues with the company while watching the game. Give me a break. If Governor Burgum wants

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

Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Podcast: Rep. Josh Boschee Talks About Campaign for Secretary of State

On my radio show today state Rep. Josh Boschee, a Democrat from District 44 who has announced a campaign for Secretary of State, joined me to talk about seeking statewide office. Not surprisingly, he jabbed Republican incumbent Al Jaeger over a lack of progress toward modernizing his office. “He’s depending on a 1985 version of

Gov. Doug Burgum stands behind a teleprompter and in front of a video screen during his State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Minot. Media production accounted for a good share of the cost of putting on the event. Kim Fundingsland / Minot Daily News

Poll: Approval of Governor Doug Burgum Has Fallen 12 Points During First Year in Office

Governor Doug Burgum put a period at the end of the sentence of his first year in office by delivering a (special interest sponsored) State of the State address on the Minot State University campus. But according to Morning consult, which polls the popularity of governors on a quarterly interval, during that first year Burgum’s

Ryan Taylor announces Ellen Chaffee as a Dem-NPL candidate for lieutenant governor during a press conference Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Fargo, N.D. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Ethics Commission Measure Submitted to Secretary of State for Approval

Earlier this week I broke the news that former Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Ellen Chaffee was circulating a draft of an initiated measure aimed at amending the state constitution to, among other things, create an ethics commission. Today Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that the proposed measure has been submitted for approval to be

(Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

Senator Jon Casper: Legislature Has Already Taken Steps to Improve Transparency and Ethics

This guest post was submitted by state Senator Jon Casper, a Republican from Fargo. I led the charge last session to pass campaign finance reform. Republican legislative leaders co-authored the legislation and worked to pass SB 2343. The finance reform legislation Republicans passed was the most sweeping since the state started requiring any type of

Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

This Is the Sort of Thing That Will Make Heidi Heitkamp’s Tax Vote Hurt

Senator Heidi Heitkamp is still trying to defend her vote against tax reform by claiming it doesn’t help middle class Americans. The problem is, even as she’s making those claims, this is the reality many North Dakotans are finding in their paychecks: First paycheck with my new tax rate…+ $89 every two weeks. I promise