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House Speaker Koppelman won’t seek reelection

Kim KoppelmanWEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – North Dakota House Speaker Kim Koppelman, who lost the GOP endorsement during his district’s convention Tuesday, says he will retire at the end of his current term. Koppelman fell 19 votes short of challenger Jim Jonas for the second endorsed spot in West Fargo’s District 13 Republican convention. “Having served for many years and…

Fargo State Representative Pam Anderson won’t seek reelection

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – State Representative Pam Anderson of Fargo says she will not seek reelection to a third term. Anderson is a Democrat who represents District 41. She says it’s time to retire. Since taking office, Anderson said there’s been a lot of changes. One is the involvement of the American Legislation Exchange Council, known as ALEC, a conservative organization…

Longtime North Dakota lawmaker George Keiser dies

BISMARCK, N.D. – Bismarck Rep. George Keiser, a longtime Republican North Dakota lawmaker who announced last week he would not seek another term in the Legislature, has died.  He was 75. In 2019, Keiser disclosed his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, the common name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Gov. Doug Burgum said in a statement that Keiser served…

Bismarck Democrat won’t seek reelection

BISMARCK (KVRR) – A state Senator from Bismarck says she is not running for reelection. Democratic Sen. Erin Oban made the announcement Thursday on social media. “Being a Democrat in a Republican city and state hasn’t led me to this” Oban wrote.  “But in recent years, everything, it seems, including politics, has gotten increasingly polarizing and way too personal.” Oban…

North Dakota House passes bill that bans critical race theory instruction

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has passed a measure prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 schools. The bill’s sponsor is Republican Representative Jim Kasper of Fargo. “This bill starts the engine of stopping critical race theory in its tracks in the state of North Dakota. Our parents deserve it. More importantly, our kids deserve…

Fargo lawmaker leading drive to ban critical race theory in North Dakota schools

Rep. Jim KasperFARGO (KVRR) – A state lawmaker from Fargo is the author of a bill in the North Dakota House that would ban public schools from teaching “critical race theory.” The legislation was introduced by Republican State Rep. Jim Kasper for the upcoming special session. The bill says “A school district or public school may not include instruction relating…

Lawmakers returning to North Dakota Capitol for study

BISMARCK, N.D. – A group of lawmakers will return to the North Dakota Capitol next week to decide study topics that may result in legislation for the 2023 session. The Legislative Management committee is a 17-member panel of lawmakers that supervises business between sessions. The panel will meet May 19 to select the topics the Legislature will study during the…

Gov. Burgum vetoes penalizing state colleges over abortions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has partially vetoed a bill aimed at penalizing the state’s 11 colleges and universities for funneling federal grant money to individuals or organizations that promote or perform abortions. Burgum said in his veto message late Friday that the sanctions are “problematic.” He vetoed the portion of the bill that contains the…

North Dakota session marked by record budget, pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. – The 2021 North Dakota Legislature has reached the end of a session marked by a record-high state budget, the first-ever expulsion of a lawmaker and pandemic protocols that greatly dampened public participation at the state Capitol. The Legislature adjourned early Friday morning. It met for 76 days and just short of the 80-day maximum set by the…