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 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 — Votes continued to roll in Tuesday night, Nov. 6, as North Dakota’s closely watched U.S. Senate race came to a close.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler resigned Monday, Oct. 1, after reflecting on the contentious Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh in an email sent to his staff. Gov. Doug Burgum, who appointed Schuler in January 2017 and announced the resignation Monday, said in a statement that Schuler “apologized for sending to Commerce Department staff an email this morning that was unacceptable in official communications with team members.”
BISMARCK — Amid a multi-fronted fight over international trade in the United States, experts said the effect on North Dakota's overall economy and government revenue may be hard to pinpoint. Farmers and business leaders have expressed worry over President Donald Trump's trade moves, including an escalating trade war with China as well as tariffs on steel and aluminum. On Monday, Trump put in place tariffs on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, triggering Chinese retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of American products, the Washington Post reported.
BISMARCK — A federal judge said Friday, Sept. 21, that part of North Dakota's anti-corporate farming and ranching law improperly hampers interstate commerce, but he declined to strike down the entire Depression-era statute. At the center of the dispute is North Dakota's law preventing corporations and limited liability companies from owning or leasing farm or ranch land and from "engaging in the business of farming or ranching," with some exceptions.
BISMARCK — North Dakota politicians and the head of its coal industry group welcomed a proposed Trump administration rule on power plant pollution Tuesday, Aug. 21, while a local environmentalist derided it as a "gift" to the industry. The Environmental Protection Agency revealed the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule Tuesday, which would replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The earlier rule never went into effect after legal challenges but would have required North Dakota to cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 45 percent by 2030, causing concern among utility executives.
BISMARCK — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will visit North Dakota next week amid some worry over President Donald Trump's trade strategy. Ross will be joined by Stephen Censky, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's deputy secretary, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer announced Tuesday, Aug. 14. They'll be in Fargo next Thursday, but further details weren't included in a media advisory.
BISMARCK — All three members of North Dakota's congressional delegation will negotiate a new farm bill with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Sen. John Hoeven announcing their conference committee appointments Wednesday, Aug. 1. Heitkamp and Hoeven are both members of the Senate's agriculture committee and will be two of nine senators on the farm bill conference committee. The multi-year bill includes everything from nutrition assistance to crop insurance and commodity supports. The current farm bill is set to expire at the end of September.
BISMARCK — Profits at the North Dakota Mill and Elevator soared to $14.2 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, marking the third-largest haul in the operation's nearly 100-year history, according to information presented to state regulators Friday, July 27. The report showed a 46 percent jump over the previous fiscal year's profits. The state-owned flour mill hit a record $16.7 million in fiscal year 2015 before dipping below $10 million in each of the next two years.
BISMARCK — Five years after North Dakota lawmakers set aside millions in oil and gas tax revenues for conservation projects, leaders of outdoor groups said the program has been successful. North Dakota's Outdoor Heritage Fund, created amid booming state revenues thanks to rapid oil development, has helped finance 130 projects with $37 million through 11 grant rounds. The three-member Industrial Commission is preparing to consider another round of applications.