Roughrider Roundup – November 1, 2023

Dear North Dakota Roughriders,

Three presidential campaigns, Gov. Doug Burgum, former President Donald J. Trump, and former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley have completed all requirements for the NDGOP Presidential Caucus to be held March 4, 2024, in Fargo.

Presidential access to the ballot was restricted to those candidates who have filed with the FEC; gathered signatures from ten members of the NDGOP State Committee; and submitted payment of $20,000 to the North Dakota Republican Party by Dec. 31, 2023.

All national GOP presidential campaigns have reached out to the NDGOP for more information about the caucus.

“Each Republican presidential candidate who was in the last debate has contacted us to learn the requirements of competing in the March contest and have been provided the necessary forms and deadlines” said Robert W. Harms, Chairman of the Presidential Caucus Committee.

Two campaigns had representatives at the Oct.13 State Committee to secure
signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. “The North Dakota Caucus is the evening before “Super Tuesday” which may influence votes in other states” said Harms.

“Because of the timing and its potential influence on the national scene, we expect continued interest and that other candidates will qualify in the weeks ahead”, Harms continued.

Republicans across the state will gather to vote for their preferred presidential candidate on March 4, in Williston, Minot, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Bismarck and Dickinson.

Other polling places maybe developed in other districts. Voting will be from 5:00 to
8:00 Central Time (4:00 to 7:00 Mountain Time). North Dakota’s 38 delegates will then be bound to the candidate at the Republican National Convention based upon the votes cast in North Dakota.

“Republicans should mark their calendars and be prepared to vote on March 4, 2024, as this gives North Dakota a chance to make its mark on who will be the Republican nominee for President of our great country”, said Sandi Sanford, NDGOP Chairwoman.

Thank you for reading,

Sandra Sanford, NDGOP Chairwoman

North Dakota

Doug Burgum to Republican Jewish Coalition: Hamas Leaders in Qatar are ‘Legitimate Military Targets’


“You can’ be friends with the United States and Hamas at the same time,” Burgum said, to applause. He added that “Hamas leaders in Doha should be considered legitimate military targets.”

Burgum called for a restoration of Trump-era policies, such as re-imposing sanctions on Iran and denying funding to Palestinian institutions that support terror.

North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota join lawsuit alleging Facebook, Instagram was addictive to children


“I am pleased to join my fellow attorneys general in this important effort to address Meta’s troubling role in fostering mental health and emotional problems associated with social media overuse, because protecting the well-being of children and teens will always remain a top priority,” Wrigley said in a statement.

Carbon capture and storage operations begin at Blue Flint ethanol plant

The Bismarck Tribune

“Successful implementation of carbon capture technology remains critical to ensuring the resilience of North Dakota’s energy industry,” the three-member commission made up of the governor, attorney general and agricultural commissioner said in a statement.
Gov. Doug Burgum in 2021 set a goal of making the state carbon-neutral by 2030 and has looked to carbon dioxide storage as a way to achieve it.

Pride of Dakota showcase returns to Grand Forks


Goehring emphasized the benefits for retail stores to sample products before considering bulk orders. Participating can also pave the way for forging meaningful business partnerships, mutually benefiting both vendors and retailers.

Burgum announces 13 appointees to teacher shortage task force

The Dickinson Press

Gov. Doug Burgum announced Tuesday, Oct. 31, 13 appointees to his Task Force for Teacher Retention and Recruitment. He and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler or their designees complete the 15-member task force, according to a press release. The task force was created in September by executive order to address the chronic teacher shortage in North Dakota.

Gov. Burgum presents Virgil Hill with Theodore Roosevelt Rough River Award


Five-time world champion Virgil Hill stepped into the Bismarck Event Center boxing ring one more time Monday to receive the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award from Gov. Doug Burgum

Pony ‘Fire’ Meets the Gov

The Bismarck Tribune

Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Burgum greet Bella Wimer, 13, of Coleharbor, and her pony Fire during trick-or-treat activities at the Governor’s Residence on Tuesday. This year’s theme for the annual Halloween event was agriculture, with farm animals and ag equipment on site to provide an interactive experience for children.

Burgum no fan of the proposal to eliminate local property taxes

Prairie Public

“I can’t imagine a bigger disaster for the state of North Dakota, than to try to ‘fix’ property tax by having no fix in the cost of local government, and just change who pays the bill,” Burgum said.

Washington, D.C.

North Dakota delegation reacts to Senate passage of Agriculture, Transportation, Military Construction, and Veterans Appropriations


“We’ve been working very hard to get back to regular order in the appropriations process. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed each bill, and now we’re working to debate and pass them on the Senate floor,” said Hoeven. Senator Kevin Cramer released the following statement…“The passage of these agriculture, housing, transportation, military construction, and veterans funding bills is long overdue.

Fargo-Moorhead flood control project marks milestone

MPR News

“I believe it’s going to be a model for many other projects around the county,” said U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

“There’s just so much that has gone into it that is new, innovative, and creative.”

Hoeven said Congress has passed 16 pieces of legislation to pave the way for some of the innovative approaches to funding the project. 

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