Roughrider Roundup – November 27, 2023

Dear North Dakota Roughriders,


The Bismarck Mandan Republican Women are hosting a holiday reception at NDGOP headquarters November 30th from 6-8 PM. Come spend time with fellow Republians enjoying hors d’oeuvres, baked goods, and great company!


With the 2024 Presidential caucus rapidly approaching, NOW is the time to renew your NDGOP membership. Membership permits free entry into the caucus along with the ability to earn a delegate’s position at the 2024 convention.

Membership questions? Contact the NDGOP office:

Sandra Sanford, NDGOP Chairwoman

North Dakota

Governor, First Lady invite public to ‘Light the Way’ at annual State Christmas Tree lighting ceremony


Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum encourage the public to join them for music, carols and a holiday reading at the 42nd annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in Memorial Hall at the Capitol.

This year’s ceremony will feature performances from the St. Mary’s Central High School Jazz Ensemble “St. Mary’s Blues,” Miss North Dakota 2023 Sydney Helgeson and pianist Michael Land.

Decision on the future of wild horses in a North Dakota national park expected next year


The horses have some powerful allies — including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven — while advocates are pulling out all the stops to see that the animals stay. Park officials say they want to hear from the public.

Doug Burgum out to beat ‘lowest expectations’ in Iowa caucus

New York Post

“We will be on the ballot and people will be able to caucus for us in January. Here and in New Hampshire, absolutely, positively,” said Burgum, who argued “political pundits and the RNC” are “creating false deadlines” for campaigns to show signs of viability. Iowans who attended Burgum’s event in Urbandale or caught his speech at the Adair County GOP Reagan Dinner in nearby Fontanelle, told The Post that they were still “open” to learning about Republican contenders, but none said that Burgum was definitely their top choice.

Officials pardons Henrietta

The Valley City Times

Lt. Governor Tammy Miller and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring participated in the annual turkey pardoning of Henrietta the turkey, pictured. The North Dakota Turkey Federation donated 16 turkeys each to the Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafй and the Abused Adult Resource Center.

ND to appeal redistricting ruling

Minot Daily News

Secretary of State Michael Howe, in consultation with Attorney General Drew Wrigley and North Dakota’s legislative leadership, stated Tuesday that the state will appeal the Turtle Mountain v. Howe decision based on precedents that include a recent Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that private litigants are not permitted to bring lawsuits under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The 8th Circuit ruling, if upheld, could cause the tribal lawsuit to be dismissed, according to legislative leaders.

Trade Show Participation Grants Available

Morning Ag Clips

“Exhibiting at a domestic trade show can help boost sales, make key business connections and diversify markets,” Goehring said. “Value-added ag companies are eligible to apply to promote specialty crops such as dry edible beans, dry edible peas, lentils, honey, confection sunflower and potatoes.”

Washington DC

Devils Lake Mayor Jim Moe says it’s time for hospital discussion to end and for action to begin

The Dickinson Press

At Monday’s meeting, Hoeven secured an agreement from CommonSpirit “to provide the community with an investment plan for hospital facilities in the Lake Region,” according to his office. That includes upgrades to start in December at the existing hospital, including a new emergency room. Also, CommonSpirit has agreed to provide a master plan by February, to be reviewed by the community at a meeting.

Leadership at Minot Air Force Base responds to criticism over message on attendance at conservative rally


Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, responded to news of the message by releasing a statement that reads, in part: “First of all, if somebody disguised as a ‘leader’ at Minot Air Force Base actually put out this hyper partisan left wing political message, they need to rescind it immediately. They need to apologize for it profusely and then they need to encourage the airmen at Minot Air Force Base who are inclined to attend a conservative, traditional American values rally to do exactly that and bring a friend. Then that leader, the so-called leader needs to be removed from their position.”

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