August 6, 2020

Burgum’s Call for Cuts Contradicted by Raises to Some Agency Heads

BISMARCK, ND — As Gov. Doug Burgum has directed departments across the state to cut their budget proposals for the next biennium, the Industrial Commission – led by Governor Burgum, –  also awarded significant raises to some agency heads. The story comes not long after reports the administration awarded bonuses in an inconsistent manner.Rep. Pam Anderson, a member […]

August 5, 2020

Sen. Cramer Should Fight For the Post Office, Rather than Insult Voters and Spread Rumors

BISMARCK, ND — Sen. Kevin Cramer insulted North Dakotans and other voters who want to exercise their right to vote by mail, which was widely available in North Dakota even before the pandemic when 33 of 53 North Dakota counties offered mail-in voting. The June primary, entirely vote by mail, saw a significantly higher than average primary turnout, […]

August 4, 2020

ICYMI: NDGOP Won’t Take Responsibility for Anti-LGBTQ+ Platform Will Gov. Burgum Still Fund Anti-LGBTQ+ Candidates? 

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Republican Party recently passed a horrific anti-LGBTQ+ platform. While many members of the party have denounced it, few have stepped forward to say they support the initiative that included language repeating harmful and bigoted rhetoric.After the resolution passed, no Republicans spoke up before news broke in the Fargo Forum. The discriminatory message […]

August 3, 2020

Food Access is a Start, but Emergency Commission Falls Short for Workers and Families

BISMARCK, ND — Today, the six-member Emergency Commission voted to spend the last of North Dakota’s $1.25 billion in federal CARES Act money intended for COVID-19 relief. The small group allocated the allotment without any public input or broad legislative input. The result leaves out important and popular initiatives that would support workers, families, and the people […]

July 30, 2020

North Dakota Delegation Must Firmly Denounce President’s Call for Election Delay

BISMARCK, ND —On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted the suggestion that the November 3 election be delayed. He does not have the power to do so. The president also disparaged mail-in voting, a process many North Dakotans, and the President himself, have used. There are both Republicans and Democrats speaking out against the president’s tweet. Sen. Kevin Cramer laughed […]

HEROES Act Means Local Education Options, Food Access, Hazard Pay for Essential Workers; HEALS Act Limits Local School Options, Adds Unrelated Spending, Gives a Free Lunch for Donors

BISMARCK, ND — Senate Republicans released the HEALS Act this week after letting the HEROES Act, passed by the House, sit un-debated or discussed for 10 weeks. The last-minute HEALS Act, supported by both North Dakota Senators, however, included $1.8 billion for a new FBI building that has nothing to do with pandemic relief. It also doubles the three-martini-lunch […]

July 28, 2020

Gov. Burgum Must Refuse Support to Candidates Who Back Anti-LGBTQ+ Platform

BISMARCK, ND — The NDGOP Executive Committee disavowed an anti-LGBTQ+ portion of the party’s platform Monday only after receiving blowback in the press and from civil rights advocates. Similar language has been in the party platform since 2016 showing a consistent pattern of discrimination and exclusion. Also, more than 700 North Dakota Republicans voted on this measure […]

July 17, 2020

BREAKING: NDGOP Fined by Federal Election Commission As Pay-to-Play Scandal Continues

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Republican Party will pay an $8,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission for failing to disclose campaign expenditures in the 2016 cycle, putting the party’s current campaign expenditures into question. The agreement was posted by a Business Insider reporter Friday afternoon on Twitter.The news comes as Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Sen. Kevin Cramer, […]

July 16, 2020

Sen. Hoeven Perpetuates a Massive Cash Grab With Continued Support of Defective Wall Builder

BISMARCK, ND — Sen. John Hoeven vouched for the experience of Fisher Industries, the North Dakota construction company that has come under fire from President Trump after building a privately funded stretch of southern border wall that is already showing signs of erosion. With support from all three of North Dakota’s congressional representatives, Fisher gained $1.7 billion […]

July 15, 2020

Sen. Cramer Owes Answers to Taxpayers, President on Fisher’s Failed Wall and Federal Contracts 

BISMARCK, ND — Sen. Kevin Cramer received major contributions from Fisher Industries, the construction company recently under fire from President Trump after building a privately funded stretch of the southern border wall that is already showing signs of erosion. Cramer lobbied in Washington on behalf of Fisher, leading to more than $1.7 billion in government contracts for […]