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 — Less than a fifth of North Dakotans who marked a “set aside” ballot during last week’s midterm election followed up with a valid identification and had their vote counted, a state election official said Friday, Nov. 16. Under state law, voters who don’t have sufficient identification on Election Day may mark a ballot that’s separated from the rest. If a voter returns with an adequate ID within six days, the ballot would be included in the tally.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers started wrapping up their interim committee work Wednesday, Nov. 14, but many eyes were on the House majority leader’s office. House Republicans filtered in and out of the office on the sidelines of the chamber floor to meet with their new leader, Carrington state Rep. Chet Pollert. The veteran lawmaker was elected to the post in a three-way race Tuesday night, a week after Fargo state Rep. Al Carlson was ousted from the Legislature after a decade as majority leader.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House Republicans selected Chet Pollert of Carrington as their next majority leader Tuesday, Nov. 13. Pollert will succeed Fargo Republican Al Carlson, who was ousted during last week's midterm election.
BISMARCK — A task force convened by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recommended splitting the state's higher education governance into three boards Tuesday, Nov. 13, a constitutional change that would require voter approval. After 10 months of deliberation and research, the panel favored a model that would install a board to oversee each of the state's research universities — North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota — along with another board that would be responsible for the nine other community and regional institutions.
BISMARCK - As North Dakota House Republicans prepare to pick Al Carlson’s successor, Democrats may have their own leadership race brewing. Fargo state Rep. Josh Boschee, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state this year, plans to run for House minority leader, he said Monday, Nov. 12. He cited the relationships he built through his recent statewide campaign and said he was recruited by members of the caucus to run for the post.
BISMARCK - A trio of North Dakota lawmakers unveiled a bill draft to give state employee salary increases Monday, Nov. 12, a couple of months ahead of the 2019 legislative session.
BISMARCK — Republican senator-elect Kevin Cramer boiled his Tuesday night victory down to one major factor: Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s voting record. It was something that the incumbent senator didn’t have when she defeated then-congressman Rick Berg by fewer than 3,000 votes six years ago. But through months of campaigning, Cramer made his case that Heitkamp wasn’t as moderate as her reputation suggested.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democrats made slight gains in the state Legislature Tuesday, Nov. 6, but helped knock off House Majority Leader Al Carlson, setting off an intraparty race for his post. Republicans maintained supermajorities in both chambers as Democrats added at least one and possibly two seats in the state Senate and possibly two in the House. Two races, however, were subject to a possible recount.
BISMARCK — Votes continued to roll in Tuesday night, Nov. 6, as North Dakota’s closely watched U.S. Senate race came to a close.
BISMARCK - Heidi Heitkamp rallied a couple hundred supporters in a Bismarck union hall and Kevin Cramer cast his ballot less than a mile away Monday morning, Nov. 5, as the race for U.S. Senate hurtled toward the finish line. Heitkamp, a Democratic senator seeking a second term in a reliably red state, was on the final leg of her 25-stop statewide bus tour ahead of Tuesday's midterm election. In the capital city on a cold and wet morning, she relied on familiar campaign themes of health care, trade and bipartisanship and made another pitch to get voters to the polls.