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 — North Dakota lawmakers are preparing legislation to open up sports betting after a major U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year. Reps. Thomas Beadle of Fargo and Jason Dockter of Bismarck, both Republicans, said they are crafting separate bills to allow charities to conduct sports betting ahead of next year’s legislative session. The effort comes months after the nation's highest court opened the door to sports wagers across the country.
BISMARCK — Some lobbying groups are rethinking plans to hold legislator socials after North Dakota voters passed a ballot measure etching new ethics rules into the state constitution. Russ Hanson, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota, said his organization decided against holding its social next year due to the “unknowns” stemming from Measure 1. Similarly, the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota canceled a legislator reception, the group’s President Barry Haugen said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Republican Party leaders voted against endorsing a suggested law change allowing the state's political parties to avoid intraparty primary election fights Thursday, Dec. 13, after two top GOP elected officials came out against the idea. The party's State Committee defeated the resolution in a 19-29 vote Thursday night, a GOP spokesman said.
BISMARCK — U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland plans to take senior status next year, but the Bismarck-based judge said he will continue "substantial judicial service" during his semi-retirement. Hovland sent a letter to President Donald Trump in late September informing him that he intends to retire from regular active service as a federal district judge on Nov. 10, 2019, coinciding with his 65th birthday and the so-called "rule of 80" age and service requirement for judges to assume senior status.
BISMARCK — Heidi Heitkamp touted her accomplishments during six years as a Democratic U.S. senator from North Dakota while challenging her colleagues to rise above partisan politics in her farewell speech Tuesday, Dec. 11. Heitkamp will leave office early next year after Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer dashed her hopes for a second term a month ago.
BISMARCK — North Dakota is more than $1 billion short of fully funding its pension plan for state and local government employees, a situation that hasn’t caused immediate hardship but has caught the attention of Gov. Doug Burgum.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved $3.35 million in conservation and recreation grants Friday, Dec. 7.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's farewell speech has been rescheduled for Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, her office said Friday. Heitkamp will give her final speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate more than a month after she lost her bid for a second term to Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer. The speech will start at 11 a.m. CT and will be livestreamed on her Facebook page and on C-SPAN 2. Heitkamp was scheduled to deliver her farewell speech this week but it was postponed due to former President George H.W. Bush's death.
BISMARCK -- Leaders of the North Dakota Republican Party will consider endorsing a law change next week that would allow the state's political parties to avoid bitter intraparty primary election battles.
BISMARCK — North Dakota utility regulators signaled to Xcel Energy that it could seek to recover the cost of several wind farms through its customers’ bills Thursday, Dec. 6, as they acknowledged growing concerns from the public about such projects. The eight projects consisting of roughly 1,850 megawatts were given an “advance determination of prudence” and are located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The two in North Dakota are already under construction.