Roughrider Roundup – November 14, 2022

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

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Victory celebrations across North Dakota! 


Here are some great numbers from the RNC’s operation over the past 2 years. Take a look and see how much our Party has grown! – Perrie

  • We trained over 1 million grassroots volunteers who made over 100 million voter contacts.
  • Grassroots volunteers reached at least 1 million voter contacts in 21 battleground states.
  • Over 1,000 staff members were hired in the field, including staff on the ground in Senate battleground states and in 70 House battleground districts.
  • The state-of-the-art data and voter score technology powered by the RNC was shared with every Republican candidate free of charge.
  • The RNC provided a multi-function app to deliver organizational, fundraising and political tools, in both English and Spanish.


NDGOP Celebrates Resounding Republican Victories Across North Dakota 

BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”), released the following statement:

“I want to congratulate all of our fantastic Republican candidates who worked hard to make last night one of the most successful Election Days in our history. Not only did we sweep all of the statewide offices, but we also added to our supermajority in the legislature. Together, these victories represent an important check on the continued excesses from Washington and preservation of the conservative values that make North Dakota great.

I particularly want to thank all of our volunteers and supporters around the state who helped make last night’s success possible. Thanks to your hard work, we have elected strong leaders who will continue to make our state the very best in which to work and raise a family.”

A special thank you to everyone who hosted NDGOP Victory celebrations on Tuesday night! Perrie Schafer, Bismarck; Jacob Strinden, Fargo; Carma Hanson, Grand Forks; Clara Sue Price, Minot; Eric Nelson, Williston; Gretchen Stenehjem, Watford City; and Mike Lefor, Dickinson.

North Dakota

Hennen: We may not have seen the ‘red wave’ nationally, but there was a ‘red tsunami’ in North Dakota
The Jamestown Sun
The good news is a red tsunami came to North Dakota. Republicans ran the table. It was a mega victory. Sen. John Hoeven won a third term and dispensed of two opponents. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Attorney General Drew Wrigley, Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring, and Secretary of State Michael Howe all won. North Dakotans obviously trust Republicans to govern responsibly.

Wahpeton-Breckenridge observe Veterans Day
Wahpeton Daily News
‘Our nation continues to be a shining beacon of freedom for the world because of the service and sacrifice of our military veterans and the families who support and serve alongside them,’ North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., stated Friday. Remembrance events include the annual courthouse gun salute.

New North Dakota state rep named after Howe wins secretary of state race
The Bismarck Tribune
District 22 Republicans’ Executive Committee on Thursday appointed Jonathan Warrey, of Casselton, to succeed Michael Howe, who resigned Wednesday after winning 63% of the vote for secretary of state in Tuesday’s election. Howe defeated Democratic-NPL candidate Jeffrey Powell and independent Charles Tuttle. Warrey is chief operating officer for Marco, an information technology and office equipment vendor. He will serve the two years remaining on Howe’s term.

West Fargo receives grant to help enhance downtown area
According to Gov. Doug Burgum‘s office, West Fargo was awarded $100,000 to support a proposed downtown placemaking plan that seeks to establish the downtown as the cultural center of the community, which is one of the eight core goals of the West Fargo Comprehensive Plan…“The Main Street Initiative team appreciates the passion of these grant recipients to develop projects that will enhance their communities and the overall attractiveness of North Dakota for businesses, economic activity and workforce,” Burgum said. “We received many strong applications with inspirational projects, and we are grateful for everyone who has shown dedication toward enhancing their communities.”

North Dakota Republicans dominant in midterm elections
Valley News Live
North Dakota is an extremely conservative state. Just how conservative is it? Well, every statewide office — from governor to public service commissioner to all our congressional delegation — is held by Republicans. We haven’t elected a Democrat for president since LBJ. And after last night, all but 15 of the 141 legislative seats are red. It was all smiles at the GOP watch party in Bismarck Tuesday night. ”It looks like we’ve had a tremendous red wave in the state of North Dakota, so I’m very, very happy,” said Perrie Schafer, chairman of the NDGOP.

Raft of new North Dakota lawmakers bound for Legislature after election
The Bismarck Tribune
State GOP Chairman Perrie Schafer said Tuesday’s results indicate “There’s a red wave in North Dakota,” with Republicans winning handily, grabbing 83 of 98 seats on the ballot. With new legislative leaders to be chosen amid significant turnover and years of factions within the Republican statehouse supermajority, the party will have to be “communicating and making sure that we’re sitting at the table with each other and listening,” Schafer said.

Incumbent Republicans Fedorchak, Haugen-Hoffart win PSC races
The Bismarck Tribune
North Dakota Public Service Commissioners Julie Fedorchak and Sheri Haugen-Hoffart have secured their seats for another term. Fedorchak, a Republican, had 71% of the vote and Democratic-NPL challenger Melanie Moniz had 29% with all precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election. Haugen-Hoffart, a Republican, had 70% of the vote and Democratic-NPL challenger Trygve Hammer had 30%. Fedorchak will serve a six-year term. Haugen-Hoffart, who was appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this year after Brian Kroshus became tax commissioner, will serve the remaining four years of the term.

Wrigley wins full term as ND Attorney General
“We’ve got a full agenda legislatively, and then within the office with this upcoming legislative session to promote and pursue important objectives for violent crime initiatives that we have and dealing with some gaming issues we have in the state, and a host of issues across – I’ve got an office of 254 people and  13 division directors – no dearth of subject matters to wrestle with,” Wrigley said.

Washington, D.C.

Viewpoint by Sen. Kevin Cramer: The real numbers behind the bipartisan infrastructure law
Grand Forks Herald
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act isn’t perfect, but it is conservative and responsible. Democrats stoked the demand side of our economy with trillions of dollars overheating the economy while we emerged from the pandemic and leading to the record-high inflation we see today. Couple this overstimulation with the prolonged supply chain crisis, investing in infrastructure is a critical infusion in the supply side of our economy.

Armstrong keeps North Dakota’s lone US House seat
Prairie Public
Armstrong said he thinks job one in his new term will be to help protect North Dakota’s energy industry. He said President Joe Biden has been attacking coal and oil. “The White House can continue to walk that stuff back — but he campaigned on it,” Armstrong said in an interview. “Everything he’s done for two years is pushing it that way.” And Armstrong said he thinks it’s about time we believe him on that issue. “Being on the energy subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, it’s game one — to increase North Dakota’s and the United States’ oil and gas production, and to try and get our energy inflation under control,” Armstrong said. Armstrong said a second issue will be to secure the southern border. “Our first three hearings on oversight in Energy and Commerce should be ‘fentanyl, fentanyl, fentanyl,’” Armstrong said. “Any community that has a fentanyl overdose is a border community.” Armstrong also said writing a new Farm Bill will take time.

Hoeven decisively defends US Senate seat in three-way North Dakota race
The Dickinson Press
Hoeven said he didn’t modify his campaign approach to adjust to the three-candidate race. “I really approached it the same way,” he said. “I ran the same race that I always ran. I think we ran a strong, positive campaign.” The North Dakota Republican Party now must come together to work to advance the state, Hoeven said. “We have the right approach for the state,” he said. “We need to be united. We’re a big-tent party, but at the end of the day, we can never take things for granted.” Hoeven said he will work to help write a new five-year farm bill and to advance energy development over the next six years. “We’re going to be doing some amazing things,” he said of energy development. “It’s big stuff.”

North Dakota’s delegation responds to President Biden’s comments about coal plants
“Let North Dakotans do what we do best. We’ll provide cheap, reliable electricity. Let us get infrastructure in-ground, let us get our product to market and we’ll make your life a little easier and not harder,” said Representative Armstrong… “President Biden just doesn’t get it. Americans are paying record-high energy prices due to the Biden administration’s policies, and the president’s remarks about shutting down coal plants are just wrong. Coal provides affordable and reliable baseload power that is available 24/7, regardless of weather conditions, and in North Dakota, we are leading the way in ensuring a bright future for this vital energy source and will continue to utilize it for generations to come. The same applies to our vast oil and natural gas reserves in the Bakken. We need more U.S. domestic oil production to lower prices at the pump and provide long-term relief from inflation. That’s why we are fighting tooth and nail to get the Biden administration to take the handcuffs off our energy industry so we can produce more oil and gas in North Dakota for our nation,” said North Dakota Senator John Hoeven.


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