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 — An audit of Gov. Doug Burgum’s travel expenses includes an examination of the use of state Department of Transportation-owned airplanes. State Auditor Josh Gallion is conducting a performance audit focused on “travel related expenditures and use of state resources” by Burgum’s office. DOT spokeswoman Jamie Olson confirmed auditors are looking at flight information but Gallion, a Republican, has declined to discuss details of the inquiry, making its full scope unclear.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Republican congressional candidate Kelly Armstrong raised more than $458,000 in the opening weeks of his campaign, outpacing his Democratic challenger, Mac Schneider. Armstrong’s first-quarter haul includes a $100,000 loan from his own pocket, according to Federal Election Commission records accessed Monday, April 16. A state senator from Dickinson, he resigned as chairman of the state party before announcing his U.S. House campaign in late February.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum called his White House meeting with President Donald Trump "super productive" as he and other leaders from agriculture states discussed the administration's trade policies. In an interview after the meeting, Burgum said "the playing field has not been level" and people shouldn't overreact to any particular proposal. "We're watching a negotiation take place in real time," he said.
BISMARCK—With his client doomed to spend his remaining days behind bars for two grisly murders in Fargo, Ashley Hunter's attorney argued he didn't receive a fair trial and appealed his conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court Wednesday, April 11. A jury last year found Hunter guilty of murdering Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut in June 2015, the former by repeated stabbings and the latter via hammer blows to the head. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders and 10 years in prison for arson.
BISMARCK — In a first, North Dakota received federal approval to regulate the underground storage of carbon dioxide Tuesday, April 10, a move Gov. Doug Burgum said would help ensure the "long-term viability" of the state's lignite coal industry while reducing greenhouse gases.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Democratic-NPL leader was optimistic this week that the party would gain seats in the state Legislature this fall and chip away at the Republican supermajority as each party solidified their candidate slate. But the top House Republican was just as confident they'd maintain their grip on the state Capitol. Monday afternoon, April 9, marked the filing deadline for the June 12 primary election, which will determine candidates for the November ballot.
BISMARCK—Grafton state Sen. Tom Campbell filed paperwork Monday to run in the June primary in a challenge to the GOP's endorsed candidate for the U.S. House, Dickinson state Sen. Kelly Armstrong. The April 9 afternoon deadline was the final time to file petitions for the June 12 primary election, which will determine candidates for the November ballot. Armstrong soundly defeated Campbell, a potato farmer, for the Republican Party's endorsement over the weekend. "North Dakota needs a conservative farmer and fighter in Washington," Campbell said in a statement.
BISMARCK—The chief sponsor of legislation authorizing electronic pull tabs in North Dakota said Monday, April 9, that proposed rules governing the devices ignore legislative intent. A public hearing Monday at the state Capitol drew representatives from charities that rely on gaming revenue. Comments are due April 19.
GRAND FORKS—U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rallied North Dakota Republicans here Saturday, April 7, and boosted Rep. Kevin Cramer, his former congressional colleague who was endorsed as the party's pick for the U.S. Senate earlier in the day.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota Republicans endorsed Dickinson state Sen. Kelly Armstrong for Congress here Saturday, April 7, but he will face a rematch in two months before moving on to November's general election. Armstrong defeated fellow state Sen. Tom Campbell of Grafton on the first ballot during the party's state convention, earning the support of 847 delegates to Campbell's 480. But minutes later, Campbell confirmed he would run in the June 12 primary.