Roughrider Roundup – November 1, 2021

Happy Monday!

Dear Fellow Republicans,

We wanted to provide you with a roundup of everything you might have missed from North Dakota’s great Republican leaders this past week. Please share with family and friends!

– Perrie Schafer, NDGOP Chairman

North Dakota

Trick-or-treaters visit the Governor’s Residence
This year, Governor Burgum dressed up as a Department of Transportation employee to promote the state’s DOT system. He continued the long-standing tradition of giving families candy. Children also learned about the different equipment used to work on roadways throughout the state.

Secretary of State wants Election Day display
“We felt that having a place inside the Capitol that’s accessible to the public where all of the tabulators, everything that’s used on election day is in place would be good,” said Sec. of State Al Jaeger, R-N.D.

US Supreme Court agrees to hear ND clean energy case
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said about the move: “The federal court in Washington got it wrong, so we have to go back to the Supreme Court to preserve the State’s authority to regulate energy and protect the environment and reject command-and-control micro-managing from federal bureaucrats in Washington DC.”

North Dakota joins states’ lawsuit against Biden vaccine mandate
AM 1100 The Flag
North Dakota is joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Biden administration’s plan to impose a vaccine mandate on federal contractors and federal employees.  In a statement released yesterday, state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reiterated that the States’ Complaint argues that the President’s executive order runs counter to federal law and is unconstitutional.  

North Dakota governor orders special session to address redistricting, federal coronavirus aid
Fargo Forum
Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, and House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, thanked Burgum at a joint press conference on Friday for the added time and flexibility that the special session will allow, and touted common ground with the Republican governor on the federal coronavirus relief plan.

Deadline nears for organic cost reimbursement applications
Bismarck Tribune
“Organic farmers, ranchers, processors and handlers can receive up to $500 of the organic certification costs paid between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021,” state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. 

‘They’re doing things right in this state’
Wahpeton Daily News
Monday, Oct. 25 was a day of storytelling, North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum said. The stories were all told in an effort to eliminate the stigma surrounding addiction.

North Dakota Republican Party chair to speak in Fargo
Fargo Forum
The United Republicans of North Dakota are hosting a Politics and a Plate lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Fargo. North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Perrie Schafer will be the keynote speaker.

PSC writing electric ‘reliability rules’ for investor-owned utilities
Prairie Public
But Kroshus points out that North Dakota is among the best in the nation when it comes to reliability. “North Dakota has one of the lowest numbers, in terms of minutes of outage on a annual basis, in the country,” Kroshus said. “Our providers are doing an excellent job in making sure that the lights stay on.”

Washington, D.C.

Biden announces Build Back Better plan, Ag Sec. says it’s good for rural America
North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer called President Biden meeting with Democrats to get them on board with the spending plan before going to the G20 summit in Rome “desperate” saying he’s trying to, quote, “get a whole bunch of Democrats to follow him over the political cliff.”

Cramer to visit southwest border
Minot Daily News
“While law enforcement officers are working tirelessly to secure our southern border, the Biden Administration’s response to the ongoing border crisis has made the task more difficult,” said Cramer. “I look forward to visiting the border again and talking with personnel on the group to understand the impact of President Biden’s open border policies.” (NOTE: Senator Cramer visited the border this past weekend, October 28th-October 30th)

Armstrong critical of Biden administration amid ongoing energy crisis
The Dickinson Press
“Make no mistake… this is self-induced,” Armstrong said. “This is created by the Biden administration and you can start from where we started. First day in office, they canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline with our closest trading partner, our neighbor to the north — Canada. Then we move across the Atlantic Ocean and help Vladimir Putin and greenlight Nord Stream. We pass regulations that make it absolutely hostile to develop minerals on federal lands. Then the Biden administration begs OPEC to open the pumps back up. It’s no secret why this is happening and this is before we pass one single thing in this $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.”

GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Crack Down on ‘Foreign Influence Operations’ at US Colleges
The Epoch Times
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) on Aug. 3 introduced legislation targeting gifts and donations to U.S. colleges and universities that come from foreign adversaries such as China, in a bid to blunt the impact of “foreign influence operations.”

‘A true American hero: World War II veteran Lynn Aas dies
Minot Daily News
Hoeven hosted Aas in Washington, D.C., as his guest for the 2015 State of the Union Address. He also joined Aas, along with family and friends, to celebrate Aas’ 100th birthday in Minot and presented him with a copy of the statement that Hoeven entered into the Congressional Record in honor of Aas’ service and many contributions to his nation, state and community.

Hoeven pushes to make October 26th ‘day of the deployed’
AM 1100 The Flag
U.S. Senator John Hoeven Tuesday introduced a Senate Resolution declaring October 26th as the “Day of the Deployed.”…“The Day of the Deployed serves as a reminder that freedom is not free,” said Senator Hoeven. “The men and women who leave the comfort of their homes, families and loved ones to courageously protect our nation cannot be thanked enough.”

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