|With Doug and Brent building out their new administration, you can still join the team by visiting www.JoinDougBurgum.com. Below is a recap from the week, which includes Doug talking with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and a video encouraging high school students to apply for North Dakota Boys State.
– Team Doug
NEWS FROM THE WEEK …
As the dust settles, Democrats got crushed and only have 13 seats in the House and 9 in the Senate. As the Fargo Forum reports: “Already an extremely marginal factor in state politics, the Democrats took a whipping at the polls that left them possibly unable to fill minority party spots on committees. Eleven incumbent Democrats lost House seats, seven incumbent Dems lost Senate seats. The Democrats are left with 13 seats in the 94-member House and nine seats in the 47-member Senate. Even in already bright-red North Dakota, progressives got Trumped.”
With Burgum building out his administration, the Dickinson Free Press reports that he tapped Mike Nowatzki to lead his communications operation. “Gov.-elect Doug Burgum has named Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications’ Bismarck bureau reporter, as the communications director on his gubernatorial staff. … ‘With a deep understanding of North Dakota’s challenges and opportunities, Mike is uniquely qualified to advance our agenda of balancing the budget without raising taxes, diversifying the economy and implementing the Main Street Initiative,’ Burgum said in a statement released Monday, Nov. 14.”
Finally, Fortune Magazine reports that one of Burgum’s top priorities for North Dakota is to diversify the economy. “There is a real need for diversification in that economy, Burgum told Fortune in an interview early this year, and that is something he thinks he can bring to bear as governor.”