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Update: North Dakota Tax Commissioner taken to detox

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was taken to detox Monday after an incident at a Bismarck hotel. A police report says Rauschenberger attempted to check into his room, but it wasn’t available yet.  A hotel employee saw Rauschenberger walk into a hotel room that was not assigned to him, where he fell asleep on the…

Group of Republican Senators To Challenge Biden’s Workplace Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVRR) — North Dakota Republican Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer are joining around 40 other Republican senators to challenge President Biden’s expected order requiring large employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations. The ranking member of the Senate committee on employment and workforce safety, Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana, is leading the charge. They will use the Congressional Review…

Rep. Kelly Armstrong Tests Positive for COVID-19

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong has tested positive for COVID-19. In a message posted to his Twitter account, Armstrong wrote that he is experiencing mild symptoms and recovering at home in North Dakota. The 2nd term Republican has been fully vaccinated since January. Armstrong’s doctor has advised him to quarantine for 10 days. He will be…

Voting organizations call for fair districting in North Dakota

"This is about representation. This is about having equal access to electing somebody that knows the community."

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — State voting leaders are discussing the 2021 legislative redistricting process in North Dakota. Leaders from Voters First, the League of Women Voters, Native Vote and the BadAss Grandmas for Democracy are calling for fair legislative districting by the 2021 North Dakota legislative Redistricting Committee. The organizations are asking for districting concepts that would give better representation…

Republicans in Valley City legislative district seek recall of Republican House member Dwight Kiefert

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (KFGO) – North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved a petition for circulation seeking to recall Republican Representative Dwight Kiefert, of Valley City. The chairman of the sponsoring committee seeking to oust Kiefert, Shane Anderson of Valley City, is a fellow Republican and the party treasurer of District 24, which Kiefert represents. Kiefert says he’s…

Physician Critic Of Handling of Pandemic Running for Minnesota Governor

CHASKA, Minn. — Former state Sen. Scott Jensen makes his Republican candidacy for governor official. The family physician has been critical of the state’s response to the pandemic and in interviews with Fox News and other media outlets has questioned federal guidelines around reporting COVID-19 deaths. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, who is serving his first term, is expected to seek…

Republicans Waiting To See What Expelled House Member Does Next

DICKINSON, N.D. — Republican leaders in southwestern North Dakota say they are waiting to see whether an expelled lawmaker from their district will sue before they appoint a replacement. The North Dakota House last week voted to remove Republican Rep. Luke Simons of Dickinson. Simons was accused of sexual harassment allegations they said stretched back to soon after he took…

Hoeven & Armstrong discuss importance of Keystone XL after President stopped it

By: Amanda Rooker WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Congress took new action on the Keystone XL Pipeline this week. Two new bills aim to revive the project’s construction. During his first day in office, President Joe Biden put a stop to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. At the Capitol, several North Dakota lawmakers say a presidential permit is not required and introduced…

MyPillow CEO Considering Run For Governor of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS: — The MyPillow guy is weighing a run for governor of Minnesota. If Mike Lindell follows through with a campaign, it could be an early test of where the Republican Party is headed in the post-Donald Trump era. Lindell would bring a high profile to a race thanks to name recognition built on his ever-present TV ads. But he…