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 — Laurie Olson can’t relax with a game on her iPad without seeing an advertisement about Heidi Heitkamp, and her mailbox has been stuffed with various campaign fliers. She, like many North Dakota voters caught up in the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate, is ready to move on from the bruising midterm election. “Everybody knows who they are. Stop,” Olson said after voting in downtown Bismarck Monday afternoon, Oct. 29.
BISMARCK - A former North Dakota state lawmaker who was hospitalized in New Orleans over the weekend has died, according to an CaringBridge post Tuesday, Oct. 30. RaeAnn Kelsch, who represented a Mandan district in the state House from 1991 to 2012, died Tuesday morning. "Mom is with her dad and brother now. Her heart gave out this morning," stated a CaringBridge post from Cassandra Weidman. "She wasn't in any pain, but we know that she knew we were surrounding her."
BISMARCK - A former North Dakota state lawmaker was hospitalized in New Orleans over the weekend due to what doctors believe is a bacteria from eating raw oysters, her husband said Monday, Oct. 29. Rae Ann Kelsch, who represented a Mandan district in the state House from 1991 to 2012, was in the intensive care unit of a New Orleans hospital late Monday morning, her husband Tom Kelsch said. The couple were visiting a niece and nephew in the area.
FARGO — In a meeting that swung from pleasant agreement to feisty exchanges, North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer debated for the second and final time Friday night, Oct. 26. The debate, sponsored by the North Dakota Broadcasters Association, featured just a handful of questions but was marked by heated back-and-forth on health care, trade and Social Security. Friday’s matchup was held at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union, where the crowd often cheered or jeered the candidates despite pleas from the moderator.
FARGO — In a debate that swung from pleasant agreement to feisty exchanges, North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer debated for the second and final time Friday night, Oct. 26. The debate featured just a handful of questions but was marked by heated back-and-forth on health care, trade and Social Security.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp raised nearly $12.6 million in the first 2.5 weeks of October, nearly doubling what she had raised the entire election cycle, according to new campaign finance disclosures.
BISMARCK — As North Dakota’s voter identification law continues to draw national attention over its effects on Native Americans, another group may hit some snags on Election Day: college students. Unlike 2016, when thousands of voters signed an affidavit self-certifying their eligibility to cast a ballot, voters will be required to have a North Dakota ID next month. That could be a hurdle in places like Fargo, where more North Dakota State University students come from Minnesota than North Dakota.
BISMARCK — The candidates for North Dakota’s closely watched U.S. Senate race will debate for a second and final time Friday, Oct. 26. Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will spar for one hour starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union. Tickets were handed out to the campaigns in advance of the event, so no tickets will be available to the general public, said Beth Helfrich, executive director of the North Dakota Broadcasters Association, which is sponsoring the event.
Singer Dave Matthews and actor Mark Ruffalo will headline a free concert Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to encourage Native Americans to obtain identification needed to vote next month. The concert, organized by Native American organizations, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Knights Casino in Cannon Ball, N.D. It will also feature Native American performers like comedian Tonia Jo Hall, according to a news release.
BISMARCK — An eccentric candidate for the North Dakota Supreme Court filed a sprawling civil rights lawsuit this week against the state’s highest court and several jurists, highlighting what he described as a two-decade “adverse relationship” with two defendants.