Roughrider Roundup – September 20, 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!

Sandra Sanford, NDGOP Chairwoman

ND Legislator Highlight: Senator Janne Myrdal

NDGOP is excited to announce that a new section will be added to the Roughrider, a “ND Legislator Highlight” that will shine a light on North Dakota leadership. To kick off this new Roughrider addition, we’ve asked Sen. Janne Myrdal to answer the following questions:

What inspired you to pursue your current position; what do you love about North Dakota?

“When I first came to North Dakota, I was amazed at the fertile ground for farming that we have in the state. What a gift! I thought to myself, this is actually energy – food production agriculture is energy; and is surely a national security component.

When I had the opportunity to run for senate, it was because I wanted to make sure we protect our agricultural resources from overreach- federal government or unfair trade abroad. Of course, people also know me as a Pro Life caucus leader; I firmly believe the two issues are connected. What does it matter if we produce great food, product, and energy for the world if we don’t protect the world’s most vulnerable population, pre-born children and their mothers. In short, this combination is why I ran for office.

I am honored to serve my district and certainly am thrilled to be a farmer here in North Dakota. Some of our farmers work vast fields, long hours, and yet are grateful to do so to produce food not only for the US but for the world.” -Sen. Janne Myrdal

Thank you for your servitude Senator Myrdal, North Dakota is blessed to have dedicated leaders like you.

North Dakota

This is the tip of the iceberg for these indictments: Doug Burgum
Fox News
2024 GOP presidential candidate Doug Burgum discusses Hunter Biden’s indictment charges on ‘Your World.’

How North Dakota eliminated a testing backlog for hundreds of sexual assault kits
Wrigley told The Forum that additional funding, overtime put in by staff and a new lab director have helped cut the backlog of roughly 270 kits to 80 as of Sept. 1, a level he called “current.” “They have made tremendous strides,” Wrigley said.

North Dakota panel will reconsider denying permit for Summit CO2 pipeline
North Dakota’s Public Service Commission in a 2-1 vote on Friday granted Summit Carbon Solutions’ request for reconsideration. Chairman Randy Christmann said the panel will set a hearing schedule and “clarify the issues to be considered.”

Mattson named finalist for teacher of the year
The Pierce County Tribune
Elementary school music teacher and choir director Andee Mattson was feted at a celebration before Ely Elementary students and staff on Wednesday morning with an introduction by North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler.

Ramstad teacher finalist for Teacher of the Year
Minot Daily News
“This is a huge honor for Ramstad and the entire Minot community. We have over 10,000 teachers in North Dakota and Minot has one of the four best of the 2024 school year,” said State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

North Dakota sees taxable sales increase 17 percent
April, May and June saw taxable sales and purchases total nearly seven-billion-dollars. Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus says the strong second quarter is evidence of a healthy state economy. 

Larimore and Arvilla could get natural gas service
Prairie Public
Commissioner Julie Fedorchak called it another “exciting development” for the area. “This is a small company that’s been hard at work in the northeastern part of the state, connecting a decent number of smaller communities to natural gas service,” Fedorchak said. “They seem to have found a formula for doing that,” Fedorchak said.

Washington, D.C.

Welcome home ceremony for North Dakota National Guard
Multiple groups from the U.S. military services attend a welcome home ceremony in Fargo. This included members of the North Dakota National Guard, who have been gone for about a year. They were joined by Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer. This serves as the final chapter of their long journey as their mission took them to places like the Middle East.

North Dakota’s Kelly Armstrong says he supports impeachment inquiry into Biden
The Dickinson Press
“The Department of Justice had 4 ½ years to investigate the Biden family’s foreign dealings,” Armstrong said. “It didn’t. Now, the DOJ is interested in investigating Hunter Biden after House Republicans revealed substantial evidence of influence peddling by the President’s son,” Armstrong said.

As Climate and Trade Become Intertwined, a Bipartisan Push for Carbon Tariffs is Emerging
“In the Republican Party, we’re living in this America-first populism explosion,” said Senator Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, at a September event focused on such a carbon policy. “This speaks to that. Big polluters also happen to be our adversaries, in the case of China.”

FEMA advances $73 million in funding for flood control in Bismarck-Mandan, other projects
The Bismarck Tribune
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a news release that the projects are “vitally important” for the safety of the region…”Flooding and severe weather can impact so much of our state and these areas are no exception,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said in a news release.

North Dakota’s Senators on the upcoming Farm Bill
“We use it more than any state in the nation, so that’s critically important, and the counter-cyclical safety net, and making sure there’s more competition and price transparency for our cattle producers so they can get better prices,” said Hoeven…A large portion of the Farm Bill also includes nutrition programs, like SNAP and school lunches. Cramer says they need to make sure ag program improvements get as much attention as the rest. “We are going to have to wrestle a little bit with some of our colleagues to make sure that the farmer doesn’t get shorted while we increase these other protections,” said Cramer.

Environmental review leaves fate of Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota hanging
The Jamestown Sun
“The Dakota Access Pipeline is vital energy infrastructure for our nation that has been safely operating for six years,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement…“The Dakota Access Pipeline saga has gone on for nearly a decade, almost as long as I have been serving North Dakotans in Congress,” Sen. Kevin Cramer said in a statement. “I fundamentally disagree with the need for an Environmental Impact Statement especially after the pipeline has been safely operational for several years.”…“This is simply unacceptable and would only force oil onto other modes of transportation that are more costly to consumers, less safe and less friendly to the environment,” Burgum said in a statement.

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