Politics / Elections

Gov. Burgum Shares His Vision for North Dakota; Begins 2017 Session

Governor Burgum says he wants North Dakota schools to be the best in the world

North Dakota’s 33rd Governor laid out his vision for North Dakota. Arthur native Doug Burgum opened the 2017 legislative session with his State of the State address. Representatives, along with Senators, filled the House for the governor’s address. Governor Burgum’s family joined the session to show support. With that in mind, he shared something he wants all people of North…

Minnesota House Begins 2017 Session

Governor Dayton expected to make his State of the State Address January 23rd

Minnesota’s newly renovated capitol also held its first legislative session of the year. Gov. Dayton will give his State of the State on January 23. Republicans dominate both the House and the Senate in Minnesota. State Senator Michelle Fischbach, who represents parts of Benton and Stearns counties, was elected President of the Senate. State Senator Paul Gazelka was elected Senate…

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven Sworn in for Second Term

The Senator was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden and named to five Senate committees

Congress is also back in session and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven was sworn into office for his second term. Vice President Biden administered the oath to Hoeven who was joined by his wife, Mikey. The Republican senator has been named to five Senate committees including Appropriations; Energy and Natural Resources; Agriculture; Homeland Security and Indian Affairs.

North Dakota Lawmakers Hope for Productive Session

State lawmakers gear up for a hefty set of issues for the first 2017 session

State lawmakers are now preparing to tackle some big issues under the guidance of the new governor. A representative in the house said that the newly proposed budget may be different than what people have seen in the past. On Thursday, lawmakers will begin working on the different committees. Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford spoke to the Senate about his and…

ND Lawmakers Preparing for 2017 Legislative Session

North Dakota lawmakers have plenty of items on their list to discuss for the first session of the year

North Dakota lawmakers are preparing for the 2017 Legislative Session that starts tomorrow in Bismarck. Governor Doug Burgum will give his State of the State address and announce his budget plans. State Representative Jim Kasper of Fargo says local issues like the FM diversion and voting IDs will be a topic of discussion. He says the number of affidavit ballots…

Bill Drafted in North Dakota Allowing Concealed Carry Without Permit

State Representative Rick Becker is looking to make North Dakota a "Constitutional Carry" state

NORTH DAKOTA A North Dakota State Representative wants you to be able to carry a loaded concealed firearm without a permit. Eleven other states have implemented what are called “constitutional carry laws” while another four have adopted limited versions of the law. In North Dakota, an open carry state, Representative Rick Becker says he doesn’t believe passing constitutional carry would…

Fargo Diocese Joins Lawsuit Against Federal Health Care Regulations

The Fargo Diocese Says The Requirements Pose a Threat to Religious Freedom

Courtesy: Fargo DioceseThe Diocese of Fargo has joined with a number of North Dakota Catholic employers in filing a federal lawsuit against health care coverage requirements that are in conflict with the Church. Bishop John Folda says while the Church does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, it should have the rights to make faith-based coverage decisions, even for its…

Grand Forks Lawmaker Proposes 80mph Speed Limit on ND Interstates

Laffen says "everybody drives that speed anyway"

A Grand Forks lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to raise the speed limit on North Dakota’s interstates. Republican Senator Lonnie Laffen says by raising the speed limit from 75 to 80 miles per hour will help businesses get their work done faster and more efficiently. Sen. Laffen says people drive 80 miles per hour regardless of the posted speed limit….

Valley City Loses City Attorney

The City Commission and City Attorney Russ Myhre Come to a Separation Agreement

  It’s another shake-up for Valley City. Officials say they are officially hiring a new City Attorney. City Attorney Russ Myhre says he will stay on for six months or until the city commission hires someone for his job. The commission and Myhre reached an agreement with a payout of $150,000 over two years. Former Police Chief Fred Thompson resigned earlier…

Heitkamp “Likely” To Stay In The U.S. Senate

Met With President-Elect Donald Trump Earlier This Month

The odds of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp being appointed agriculture secretary by President-Elect Trump appear to be dwindling. In an interview on KFGO’s “News and Views”, Heitkamp was asked whether she intends to remain in the Senate. She said “it’s likely that that’s going to be the outcome from all of this”. Heitkamp met with Trump earlier this month in New…