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JOHN HOEVEN

The North Dakota Republican Party no longer has any obligation to pretend as though Rick Becker is a member in good standing, whatever Becker himself might have to say about it.
In April, state Rep. Rick Becker lost the Republican nomination to incumbent U.S. Sen. John Hoeven at North Dakota's GOP convention. After the convention vote, the founder of the North Dakota Legislature's ultraconservative Bastiat Caucus told Forum News Service the race might be the end of his political career.
When Rick Becker was seeking the North Dakota GOP's nomination, he said he intended to respect the vote of the convention delegates. That was his explanation for not continuing to pursue the nomination on the June primary ballot. Yet here we are in August, and Becker is reigniting his campaign, collecting signatures so that he can appear on the November ballot as an independent.
Here's a pro-tip for Democratic-NPL Senate candidate Katrina Christiansen: You're not a victim because someone disagrees with you.

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Stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.
Xochitil Torres Small, the USDA’s under secretary for Rural Development, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., met with Farmers Union members and area processors Monday, June 27.
Rural health care officials spoke about the challenges Monday, June 27, during a roundtable discussion that included Xochitl Torres Small, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for Rural Development; Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.; and Erin Oban, North Dakota’s USDA state director of Rural Development.
“Our farmers and ranchers need access to reliable rail service, and these ongoing transportation disruptions create a real problem for both producers and consumers,” Hoeven said.
Hoeven faced a high-profile challenge for the NDGOP's endorsement this spring, but that doesn't seem to have had any impact at all on his approval numbers.
A local veterans group is worried about its ability to buy land for their planned gathering center.

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Kurt Groszhans, who was raised in the Ashley, North Dakota, area, stood accused of plotting to assassinate the country's former agriculture minister.
"Is anybody trying to change minds anymore? We tend to think of electoral politics as the process through which a candidate wins over voters, but in reality, it's become an exercise in getting your people to the polls while convincing the other side's people to stay home."
Here's a look at the fundraising reports for North Dakota's federal candidates.

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