senate

Judge Ralph Erickson Invested Into Court of Appeals

He has served as a judge on both the federal and local levels

FARGO, N.D. — Judge Ralph Erickson is being invested into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. The ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center included remarks from both North Dakota senators and the governor. Erickson was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, but this was a formal ceremony for those in his home state. He worked consistently…

Mac Schneider to Run for U.S. House

The democrat plans to kick-off his campaign for the U.S. House on Tuesday

BISMARCK, N.D. — A former North Dakota Senate Minority Leader is running for Congress. Mac Schneider will kick-off his campaign for the U.S. House on Tuesday. The attorney is planning stops in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck to announce his intention to seek the Democratic-NPL endorsement for the job. He’ll face off against fellow Democrats Ben Hanson and John Grabinger….

Rep. Kevin Cramer Says He Couldn’t Say ‘No’ to Senate Race

he says everyone was telling him he needed to run

FARGO, N.D. — Congressman Kevin Cramer announced last week he will be running for Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s seat. In January, Congressman Kevin Cramer announced he was going to seek reelection in the House. That is, until everyone including President Donald Trump told him he needed to run for the Senate. “It suddenly became much bigger than me, much bigger than North…

Representative Kevin Cramer To Announce Candidacy For U.S. Senate

The GOP congressman has spent the last six years serving as the state's lone representative

NORTH DAKOTA — Representative Kevin Cramer posted to Facebook that he will officially announce his campaign for the U.S. Senate in Bismarck on Friday. This, after first saying that he would not run for the seat held by Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Kevin Cramer was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 when long–time Representative Rick Berg…

Congressman Kevin Cramer Plans To Announce Political Plans Soon

Reconsidering His Decision To Not Run For U.S. Senate In North Dakota

Republican North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer says he will make an announcement regarding his future political plans in a matter of days. In an interview with KFGO News, Cramer confirmed that he is reconsidering an earlier decision not to seek the GOP endorsement to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. In January, Cramer said that he wouldn’t run for the senate,…

Nineteen Caucuses Open Across Clay County

Clay county GOP had five people on the ballot for governor, while Clay County DFL had six

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — Nineteen precinct caucuses were open across Clay County. Athena Graycyk can still remember how strange it felt to be in a caucus for the first time ever. “I moved here from California and all we had were primaries. I had never heard of a caucus. The first one I went to, I was like a wide–eyed…

Minnesota’s Rep. Emmer Seeking Re-Election to Sixth Congressional District

He was first elected to the House in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rep. Tom Emmer will not run for governor or Al Franken’s former Senate seat. Emmer says instead he’ll seek re-election to Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. The Republican and former gubernatorial candidate says he appreciates the support and encouragement he’s received to run for the Senate or for governor. But Emmer says he wants to continue representing…

Tim Pawlenty: Thanks, but No Thanks to Run for Senate Seat

The GOP thought it could help flip the state

  MINNESOTA — One of the biggest Republican names in Minnesota politics isn’t interested in running for the Senate. Former Minnesota governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty had considered running for the seat vacated by Al Franken. The GOP thought it could help flip the state. But appearing on Fox Business, Pawlenty says it’s too short of a campaign for…

Tina Smith Sworn into Office, State Senator Michelle Fischbach Declines Higher Salary

Republicans are anxious to keep Fischbach in the Senate to protect a narrow majority

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota has a new senator as Lt. Governor Tina Smith gets sworn into office. The Democrat was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on the Senate floor in Washington. Just before taking the oath of office, Smith got her name plate placed outside her new office in Washington. She resigned as the state’s Lieutenant Governor…

Senator Franken’s Last Day, Former Minnesota Representative “Praying” Over Potential Bid, Longest Serving Republican Senator Retires

Another former Republican presidential contender is thinking about running for Franken's seat

NATIONAL — Sen. Al Franken has officially resigned from the Senate. The Minnesota Democrat formally resigned this afternoon. It comes nearly a month after he announced his plans to leave Congress after numerous sexual misconduct allegations in November. Franken joined the Senate in 2009 after winning a months-long recount. His departure sets the stage for Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith…