John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK—Top House Republicans have introduced a bill to limit bonuses awarded to a North Dakota governor's staff members and appointees after some controversy in 2015. The legislation, which counts House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, as a sponsor, limits a bonus paid to an employee in the governor's office or state officer appointed by the governor to 10 percent of their annual salary or $5,000, whichever is less.
BISMARCK – A North Dakota Senate committee got its first look Thursday, Jan. 5, at a proposal to remove the State Hospital in Jamestown from a section of the state constitution, an idea one hospital official called “troubling.”
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers are preparing to tighten their belts in the early days of the 2017 legislative session.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota lawmakers are preparing to tighten their belts in the early days of the 2017 legislative session.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota legislative committee will consider amendments to almost three dozen sections and subsections of state law to include gender-neutral language on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Senate Bill 2043 comes about a year and a half after the U.S. Supreme Court said gay couples had the right to marry under the Constitution. The amendments included in the bill include replacing "one man and one woman" with "two individuals" in the section of North Dakota law defining marriage, along with similar changes in sections of state law regarding adoption and fishing licenses.
BISMARCK—Leaning on familiar themes of technological innovation, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum struck an optimistic tone while acknowledging the state's budget challenges during his first State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 3. Burgum's speech came on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. Lawmakers convened here during a period of hampered revenues due to lower oil and farm commodity prices.
BISMARCK—Leaning on familiar themes of technological innovation, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the state must do more with less during his first State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 3. Burgum's speech came on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. Lawmakers convened here during a period of hampered revenues due to lower oil and farm commodity prices.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers will gather here Tuesday, Jan. 3, to mark the beginning of another legislative session after a year that saw budget cuts and a rare special session to deal with a projected revenue shortfall. But House Majority Leader Al Carlson sees at least one bright spot in their fiscal situation. "I always tell people it's easier to govern when you have less money because then it's easier to say no," the Fargo Republican said. "Every session is dominated by money, whether it's too much or not enough."
GRAND FORKS — Sitting behind his desk on a recent snowy morning, Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson described the recent spike in drug overdoses in personal terms. Fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, took the life of one of his son's friends a couple of years ago. That death helped prompt a federal investigation into the drug's distribution. Nelson cited the experience of watching his son act as a pallbearer at Evan Poitra's funeral in arguing drug abuse isn't a "victimless crime." There are parents, friends and classmates who suffer.
MANDAN, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple met with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II late Monday for almost three hours to discuss the ongoing protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.