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The last day of North Dakota’s legislative sessions brings ceremonies and celebration. There are traditions such as leaders’ speeches and the House singing “Auld Lang Syne,” but that comes after the work gets done.

State GOP convention cancelled

Mar 18, 2020

Another consequence of the attempts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The state Republican convention – which was scheduled for Bismarck March 27th and 28th – has now been canceled.

Party Chairman Rick Berg said the party’s executive committee made that recommendation, and sent it to the state committee, and he said a “strong majority” of that committee agreed not to hold the convention.

Berg said that means the decision over who gets the nomination in the few contested races will be made in the primary.


The North Dakota Republican Party’s executive committee has decided to cancel the “in-person” state convention, scheduled for Bismarck March 27th and 28th – due to the coronavirus threat.

That recommendation will go to the party’s state committee later this afternoon.

This follows the Democrats’ decision to cancel their state convention, which was scheduled this upcoming weekend in Minot.

Sources say the GOP is considering other options, including using technology.

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A legislator from Kathryn is running for state treasurer.

Rep. Daniel Johnston (R-Kathryn) is finishing his first term in the House. The current treasurer – Kelly Schmidt –is not running for re-election. She has served in that office for 16 years.

"I have a desire to serve the people of North Dakota, and this opportunity opened up," Johnston said in an interview. "I wish Kelly (Schmidt) would run for another 16 years -- she's done such a good job. But I decided it was time to put up or shut up."

GOP official: "It's a convention"

Apr 12, 2016
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As the national Republican Party Convention approaches, it appears that no one candidate will have a majority of delegates when they get to Cleveland.

Pundits are coming up with descriptions: “brokered convention,” “divided convention.”

But one member of the Republican National Committee has his own description.

"What I call it is a convention," said North Dakota GOP National Committeeman Curly Haugland. "That's just what it is. There's nothing sinister about it, nothing provocative, nothing new."