Roughrider Roundup – October 16, 2023

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!

This last Friday, October 13th, a state committee meeting was held at NDGOP Headquarters. Many impactful decisions were made at this meeting; Burgum and Trump’s campaigns both met the criterion to participate in the 2024 Presidential Caucus.

NDGOP is excited to see both Burgum and Trump’s campaigns participating in North Dakota’s 2024 Presidential Caucus and expect other campaigns to follow suit.
Sandra Sanford, NDGOP Chairwoman

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Doug Burgum to declare Iran’s ‘war on Israel’ is ‘war on America’

New York Post

“Hamas is a proxy of Iran. We need to put an end to Joe Biden’s Iran appeasement by immediately locking down all the money he’s made available to Iran over these past few months and fully enforce our Iran oil sanctions,” Burgum will say, according to an excerpt provided to The Post.

Doug Burgum talks opioid abuse, mental health in Exeter town hall

Foster’s Daily Democrat

The issue is near and dear to the Republican presidential candidate’s heart, as his wife, Kathryn, has been in recovery for over 20 years. “I want to say that absolutely, the co-occurrence that we see with homelessness, mental health and substance abuse disorder is almost 100% … The thing that we need to do is we have to actually treat mental health like it’s health,” Burgum said Friday.

More than three years after Grand Forks water treatment plant opens, officials cut the ribbon

Grand Forks Herald

“This project would not have gotten done without the state water commission, and it’s really fun to have great North Dakota companies working on spaces like this,” Miller said…“When this project came before us, I thought there was a misprint in the agenda, and it was supposed to be $7.5 million, not $75 million,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “This project really shows what North Dakota can accomplish.”

In abortion-restricted ND, lawmakers put resources toward mothers and children

The Jamestown Sun

Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, signed bills this year that eliminated taxes on diapers; expanded Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for pregnant individuals; and provided additional funding to the alternatives-to-abortion program, which gives funds to child-placement agencies, anti-abortion counseling centers and maternity homes – including Gianna & Pietro.

A trip through tragedy: ND tourist speaks on Israel trip


Fr. Ackerman, pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo, N.D., is home safe and so are the others who were in Bethlehem with him. He says despite it all, it was a trip of a lifetime, especially considering the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza that broke out in the middle of their stay…Fr. Ackerman says he was able to speak personally to our North Dakota Senators and Governor Doug Burgum. He says it felt like our state government, State Department, U.S. embassy in Jerusalem and the media came together as a family rooting for their safe return.

Special session of N.D. legislature will need to be fast-tracked after state high court denies delay


Attorney General Drew Wrigley called the N.D. Supreme Court’s initial ruling and its implications “seismic,” and a motion was filed to delay the ruling to give the legislature more time to convene and reconsider the appropriations bill. On Thursday, the state Supreme Court ruled that it had no authority to delay the judgment…“The Governor’s Office has been in contact with legislative leadership this evening and will continue to discuss next steps to address this matter as quickly as possible,” Burgum said. “We’re confident the Legislature can work through the reformatting and reauthorization of the OMB bill before Nov. 1 to avoid any interruptions to state government operations,” Burgum said in a statement.

Washington, D.C.

Biden, ND senators announce $925 million clean-energy funding package for EERC, others

Grand Forks Herald

“Through the leadership of the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota, today’s announcement further solidifies North Dakota as a national leader in the energy and agricultural economy of the future,” said U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D…“This new venture, led by the EERC, will bring up to $5 billion in investment into our energy producers in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota,” Hoeven said…“Clean hydrogen can play a major role in our all-of-the-above energy approach, and we’re grateful to the Department of Energy for recognizing our states’ expertise in agriculture and energy production that will make the Heartland Hydrogen Hub a world-class partnership,” Burgum said.

Send-off ceremony held for 817th Engineer Co. in Jamestown Sunday

The Jamestown Sun

About 125 members of the company headquartered in Jamestown will mobilize to the U.S. southern border for a year-long mission to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s border security operations. North Dakota Lt. Gov. Tammy Miller, Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and senior Guard officials were among those speaking at the event, praising the 817th Engineer Co. and the families, friends and employers who support the members’ efforts.

Is inflation the “new normal”?

KX News

“Energy goes into everything that we make, produce, manufacture, grow, ship, buy, sell, consume, energy goes into all of that. So as long as energy prices are high, everything’s going to be high. And as long as Joe Biden’s the president, everything’s going to be high price because he’s squelching the supply, the enormous energy security and dominance that the United States enjoyed before he became president. So now we have a scarcity of energy instead of an abundance of it and the demand continues to rise, “said Sen. Cramer.

Sen. Cramer addresses the homeless crisis with a solution

KX News

Senator Kevin Cramer says he is working with Democratic Senator Chris Coons, of Delaware, towards legislation to try to incentivize more entrepreneurs and landlords to go into federal housing programs.

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