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 — Longtime North Dakota state lawmaker Bob Martinson, once the top Republican in the state House, recently offered a precise summary of the job he once held. “It’s a very difficult, and sometimes a miserable job,” he said. The position of House majority leader, one of the most powerful in the state Capitol, now belongs to Carrington state Rep. Chet Pollert, a veteran lawmaker with an agricultural background who is known for a calm, straightforward personality.
BISMARCK — A Dakota Access Pipeline protester filed a federal lawsuit against Morton County and several law enforcement officials this week, accusing an unnamed officer of firing an “explosive munition” and severely injuring her in November 2016.
WASHBURN, N.D. — Clint Hill joined the ranks of North Dakota’s most famous alumni Monday, Nov. 19, when the former U.S. Secret Service agent known for his actions the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination received the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. In an hour-long ceremony at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in his hometown of Washburn, Hill described how growing up among "hardy" North Dakotans helped prepare him for a career protecting the country’s top politicians.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum offered a few Thanksgiving-themed quips as he pardoned two turkeys at the state Capitol Monday, Nov. 19. Burgum highlighted the work of organizations helping domestic and sexual assault victims as well as homeless people before pardoning Teddy and Mittie, two turkeys from Wyndmere, who are named after former President Theodore Roosevelt and his mother. He said the North Dakota Turkey Federation would give 12 turkeys to both the Abused Adult Resource Center and the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state officials put their seal of approval on midterm election results Friday, Nov. 16, signaling an official end to a bruising campaign season. But it remained unclear whether a Democratic candidate in a closely contested state Senate race would demand that ballots be recounted.
BISMARCK — A court-ordered recount of June primary election ballots cost North Dakota counties nearly $5,000, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Nov. 16. The recount came after Libertarian Secretary of State candidate Roland Riemers failed to garner enough votes to be nominated by his party during the June election and advance to the November ballot. He took his case to the state Supreme Court, which said he was entitled to an automatic recount under the "plain language" of the law. Riemers gained one vote during the recount, but he still fell short.
BISMARCK — Less than a fifth of North Dakotans who marked a “set aside” ballot during last week’s midterm election followed up with a valid identification and had their vote counted, a state election official said Friday, Nov. 16. Under state law, voters who don’t have sufficient identification on Election Day may mark a ballot that’s separated from the rest. If a voter returns with an adequate ID within six days, the ballot would be included in the tally.
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 — North Dakota House Republicans selected Chet Pollert of Carrington as their next majority leader Tuesday, Nov. 13. Pollert will succeed Fargo Republican Al Carlson, who was ousted during last week's midterm election.
BISMARCK — A task force convened by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recommended splitting the state's higher education governance into three boards Tuesday, Nov. 13, a constitutional change that would require voter approval. After 10 months of deliberation and research, the panel favored a model that would install a board to oversee each of the state's research universities — North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota — along with another board that would be responsible for the nine other community and regional institutions.