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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FARGO — In a debate that swung from pleasant agreement to feisty exchanges, North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer debated for the second and final time Friday night, Oct. 26. The debate featured just a handful of questions but was marked by heated back-and-forth on health care, trade and Social Security.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp raised nearly $12.6 million in the first 2.5 weeks of October, nearly doubling what she had raised the entire election cycle, according to new campaign finance disclosures.
BISMARCK — As North Dakota’s voter identification law continues to draw national attention over its effects on Native Americans, another group may hit some snags on Election Day: college students. Unlike 2016, when thousands of voters signed an affidavit self-certifying their eligibility to cast a ballot, voters will be required to have a North Dakota ID next month. That could be a hurdle in places like Fargo, where more North Dakota State University students come from Minnesota than North Dakota.
BISMARCK — The candidates for North Dakota’s closely watched U.S. Senate race will debate for a second and final time Friday, Oct. 26. Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will spar for one hour starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union. Tickets were handed out to the campaigns in advance of the event, so no tickets will be available to the general public, said Beth Helfrich, executive director of the North Dakota Broadcasters Association, which is sponsoring the event.
Singer Dave Matthews and actor Mark Ruffalo will headline a free concert Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to encourage Native Americans to obtain identification needed to vote next month. The concert, organized by Native American organizations, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Knights Casino in Cannon Ball, N.D. It will also feature Native American performers like comedian Tonia Jo Hall, according to a news release.
BISMARCK — An eccentric candidate for the North Dakota Supreme Court filed a sprawling civil rights lawsuit this week against the state’s highest court and several jurists, highlighting what he described as a two-decade “adverse relationship” with two defendants.
BISMARCK — Clutching a microphone while speaking to a group of seniors on a recent afternoon, Heidi Heitkamp talked about growing up in a small North Dakota town and called for bipartisanship in Washington. It was a version of a campaign speech that the Democrat and longtime politician has probably given numerous times. But with less than two weeks before Election Day, her bid for a second term has been complicated some self-inflicted setbacks.
BISMARCK - Hailing her as a politician willing to work across party lines, former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel campaigned with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in Bismarck Tuesday, Oct. 23. Her challenger, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, meanwhile, touted an endorsement from a Medal of Honor recipient. Hagel recalled Heitkamp being "clear" and "direct" during his confirmation process and said she makes tough decisions "in an informed way."
BISMARCK - Hailing her bipartisan nature, former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel campaigned with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in Bismarck Tuesday, Oct. 23. Hagel recalled Heitkamp being "clear" and "direct" during his confirmation process and said she makes tough decisions "in an informed way." "You have something pretty special in her," Hagel told about 100 people gathered at the Bismarck AMVETS club.
BISMARCK - Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in North Dakota this week to campaign with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Hagel, a former Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska, will attend "veterans for Heidi" events in Bismarck, New Town, Minot, Grand Forks, Portland, Fargo and Heitkamp's hometown of Mantador Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday. The events come two weeks before Election Day, when voters will decide whether to give Heitkamp a second term over Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer.