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—A recall election in a town of about 45 people is expected to be among the first tests of North Dakota's new voter identification law later this year. The new law, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Burgum in late April, goes into effect Saturday, July 1, along with a swath of other bills. July 1 marks the beginning of a new two-year funding cycle known as a biennium.
BISMARCK—The state Department of Agriculture asked property owners Wednesday, June 28, to help stop the spread of Japanese beetles before they can wreak havoc on North Dakota plants.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven said Tuesday, June 27, he doesn't support his party's health care legislation in its current form. "We've got to do some more work on it," he said. Hoeven's comments came hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he would delay a vote on the bill until after the July 4 recess. That dealt a setback to Republican efforts to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota board has accused a private security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline of operating in the state without a license.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota legislative leader hopes to make a final decision "sooner rather than later" on whether to challenge Gov. Doug Burgum's vetoes in court. Legislative Management, a powerful interim committee, voted unanimously Wednesday, June 21, to proceed with litigation, and staffers are now preparing additional information and recommendations. Committee Chairman Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, said lawmakers would vote again before any legal challenge is filed, but he wasn't sure when that would happen.
BISMARCK—Citing an "escalating threat" to farmers and ranchers, Gov. Doug Burgum declared a drought emergency Thursday, June 22, that reactivates a water supply assistance program. Burgum signed an executive order declaring a drought emergency for 15 counties in an extreme drought and 11 counties adjacent to them, his office said Thursday night. Producers in those counties are eligible for the state's Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum announced plans Thursday, June 22, to open applications for the State Water Commission after accepting the current members' "statutorily triggered resignations." Burgum, a first-term Republican governor, made the announcement at the end of a marathon meeting Thursday. State law indicates all seven appointed members are considered to have resigned at the beginning of the governor's four-year term, his office said in a news release.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota insurance commissioner urged a California official this week to cease an initiative that calls for insurance companies to divest from coal. Jon Godfread, a Republican, sent the letter with officials from five other states to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Wednesday, June 21, according to a news release.
BISMARCK—North Dakota legislators set the groundwork Wednesday, June 21, to take Gov. Doug Burgum to court over vetoes they worry may erode their authority to write laws. Legislative Management voted unanimously to proceed with litigation, but another vote will take place before any lawsuit is filed, said Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, who chairs the panel. Still, the move signals a looming battle between two branches of state government could soon play out in front of the Supreme Court.
BISMARCK—Two-hundred state employees applied for a buyout in recent weeks, North Dakota budget officials said Wednesday, Jun 21. The results of the "voluntary separation incentive program" were announced during a meeting of the Legislature's Budget Section at the state Capitol. Pam Sharp, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said 158 of the 200 applicants for the program were accepted.