Politics / Elections

ND Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread Begins Re-Election Campaign

NORTH DAKOTA – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread is running for re-election. While in office, the Republican has worked to trim the state budget, lower healthcare premiums for farmers and worked with the state to fight insurance fraud. Godfread also helped create the Autism Bulletin to help provide treatment options for kids and families affected with the disorder. “I…

Warren and Sanders Stockpile Millions More than 2020 Rivals

With the first votes of the Democratic contest just months away, the candidates are entering a critical and expensive period.

WASHINGTON–Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren don’t just lead the Democratic presidential primary in fundraising. They’ve stockpiled millions more than their rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders held $33.7 million cash-on-hand on his third-quarter fundraising report. Warren had $25.7 million during the same period, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came next at $23.3 million. Biden, meanwhile, held…

F-M Kurds Respond to Nightmare Situation in Syria

The Kurdish–Turkish Conflict continues to escalate in Northern Syria after U.S. Troops begin their withdrawal from the region.

“I’m waking up with nightmares, what’s happening to people, because we are seeing what’s happening to people. We are seeing kids turned to pieces. It’s a huge pain.” said Dr. Azad Berwari, a Kurdish Activist living here in the F-M area. American Kurds are getting cell phone calls at 3 AM and news alerts about friends and family injured in…

UND Student Appointed to Seat after Lawmaker’s Resignation

Twenty-one-year-old Claire Cory was chosen by party activists Friday to fill out the remainder of Jake Blum's term.

GRAND FORKS, N.D.–A University of North Dakota political science major has been chosen to fill a Grand Forks House seat left open by the Republican incumbent who resigned to take a job in Minnesota. Twenty-one-year-old Claire Cory was chosen by party activists Friday to fill out the remainder of Jake Blum’s term, which ends next year. Blum was first elected…

Police Made One Arrest and One Citation at Trump Rally Protest

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says officers used appropriate levels of force, including chemical irritant at times.

MINNEAPOLIS–Minneapolis police made one arrest and issued one citation during protests outside a campaign rally by President Donald Trump. Police say the arrest was for damage to property and the citation was for disorderly conduct. Several thousand people protested outside Target Center on Thursday as Trump spoke inside. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says the protests were largely peaceful, but some…

Prince Estate Slams Trump’s Use of ‘Purple Rain’ at Rally

Prince's estate released a statement saying it "will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince's songs.''

MINNEAPOLIS–The estate of musical legend Prince is objecting to President Donald Trump’s use of a Prince song before a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. The Trump campaign played Prince’s “Purple Rain” as the audience at the rally waited for the president to begin speaking. Prince’s estate released a statement after the rally saying it “will never give permission to…

Cass County Commission Remembers Vern Bennett

For one of the few times in the past 15 years, there was a missing voice at the Cass County Commissioners Board.

FARGO, N.D. — “He was very intelligent, and he a great sense of humor; he was always well read and well prepared for these meetings,” Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling. For one of the few times in the past 15 years, there was a missing voice at the Cass County Commissioners Board. Cass County Commissioner Vern Bennett, who passed away…

Josh Gallion to Seek Second Term as North Dakota Auditor

Gallion will make a formal re-election announcement on Thursday in Bismarck and Fargo.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota Auditor Joshua Gallion says he will seek re-election. Gallion says he will make a formal announcement on Thursday at Republican Party headquarters in Bismarck and Fargo. The state auditor’s office inspects the books of government agencies and North Dakota’s university system. Gallion was elected in 2016 and has carried out performance audits that have uncovered waste and…

Trump Campaign Threatens Lawsuit Over Minneapolis Rally Security Costs

The Trump campaign says if the city does not agree to honor the Target Center contract, it will go to court.

MINNEAPOLIS–President Donald Trump’s campaign has threatened to sue Minneapolis for trying to force it to pay $530,000 in security costs for this week’s rally in the city. Trump’s campaign, in a statement late Monday night, said Mayor Jacob Frey is abusing the power of his office by “conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security” at Thursday’s rally at the…

Police Union Respond to Uniform Policy with Trump T-shirts

Union chief Bob Kroll says the T-shirts will be on sale for $20 beginning Monday.

MINNEAPOLIS–The Minneapolis police union is selling “Cops for Trump” T-shirts after the police department banned officers from wearing their uniforms in support of candidates at political events or in ads. The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis has accused police administrators of instituting the new policy just days before President Donald Trump’s visit to Minneapolis. Union chief Bob Kroll says a…