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Monke: Debate a taste of races

May 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

I had a front-row seat to debates for two of North Dakota’s most hotly contested elected positions on Thursday night, serving as the timer for U.S. House and agriculture commissioner debates while Press Publisher Harvey Brock moderated the event sp…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Candidates for U.S. House, state ag commissioner races debate for first time

May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — North Dakota candidates for Congress and state agriculture commissioner squared off in the first statewide debates of the election year Thursday night in Bismarck.
Ryan Taylor, a cattle rancher and former state senator from Towner whose…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Congress passes bill renewing anti-violence law

February 28, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The House on Thursday passed and sent to President Barack Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act. The vote came after House Republican leaders, cognizant of divisions in their own ranks and the need to improve their faltering image among women voters, accepted a bill that cleared the Senate two weeks ago on a strong bipartisan vote. Continue Reading

Cramer, Gulleson square off in debate

October 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In cordial fashion, U.S. House candidates Kevin Cramer and Pam Gulleson sounded off on health care, the farm bill and partisan gridlock in a debate here Tuesday. Continue Reading

Candidates for 3 ND offices clash on taxes, oil

September 5, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK North Dakota’s candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor argued about Social Security, taxes and the management of the state’s oil boom Wednesday as they met in their first series of debates. Continue Reading

State politicians lay blame as farm bill stalls in Congress

August 3, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Members of Congress are heading home this weekend for a five-week holiday, leaving the 2012 farm bill in limbo. Continue Reading

Gulleson vows to defend Medicare

August 2, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Marking the 47th anniversary of Medicare, Democrat Pam Gulleson pledged Wednesday to defend the federal health care program for senior citizens against Republican proposals that she said would seek to dismantle it. Continue Reading

U.S. House primary: Cramer beats Kalk for GOP nomination

June 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Kevin Cramer pulled off a primary election upset Tuesday, beating North Dakota Republican Party-endorsed U.S. House candidate Brian Kalk at the polls to clinch the GOP nomination to run for the U.S. House in November.
The Associated Press called the race in favor of Cramer late Tuesday. By 11:35 p.m., 395 of the state’s 426 precincts were reporting their vote totals showing Cramer leading Kalk 55 to 45 percent. Continue Reading

Democrat Gulleson leads in House race fundrising

June 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Despite the Republican-endorsed candidate having his most successful fundraising stretch to date, Democrat Pam Gulleson maintains a strong lead in the fundraising battle in North Dakota’s U.S. House race, according to new financial disclosure documents filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Continue Reading

Kalk wins GOP endorsement in U.S. House race

April 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The early bird got the worm in the five-way race for North Dakota Republicans’ endorsement in this year’s U.S. House race.
After three ballots Sunday, state Republicans selected Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk as their endorsed nominee. Continue Reading