STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Today's Ask Your Government
Here is the third installment of asking state officials about their vacation time. (If you missed the others, see installment 1 here and installment 2 here.)
As I reported earlier, ele... Posted on 10/29/11 at 8:23 PM
FARGO — He’s not a candidate yet, but perennial congressional hopeful Duane Sand seems to have no trouble bringing in campaign contributions for a potential 2012 bid.
Between April 1 and June 30, Sand raised more than three times as many donations as the only declared candidate in the 2012 House race, North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk.
By Kristen M. Daum, Forum Communications Co.
, July 22, 2011
North Dakota’s public service commissioners serve six-year terms, and Clark, who was first elected to the commission in 2000, said he believed he will accomplish most of his goals by the end of his second term in 2012.
“You have to ask yourself, in another six or seven years beyond that, am I still going to have the same enthusiasm that I had when I walked in the door on that first day ... or even the same enthusiasm that I still have for the job today?” Clark said.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, May 06, 2011
BISMARCK (AP) — After restricting the North Dakota Public Service Commission’s authority to review wind farm locations, the Legislature is considering a bill to give the regulatory agency siting power over almost all wind projects.
BISMARCK — Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s paperwork mistake shouldn’t keep a Libertarian candidate for the state Public Service Commission off the November ballot, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Thursday.
Stenehjem declined a request from state Sen. John Warner, D-Ryder, for a formal legal opinion on the issue, saying he had already given Jaeger the advice he needed to resolve the problem.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, June 25, 2010
In North Dakota, Public Service Commissioner and candidate Kevin Cramer let politics color his judgment in his description of his political foe.
Brad Crabtree, Cramer’s Democratic opponent, is North Dakota’s “scariest left-wing” activist, Cramer said at the GOP convention.
In fact, Crabtree is “the most left-wing, extreme environmentalist I know,” Cramer continued.
North Dakota’s Public Service Commission is protesting federal budget and regulatory proposals that would affect the coal industry.
Commissioner Tony Clark says a budget proposal for a federal mining regulatory office would reduce the amount of aid that state regulators get for their own oversight efforts.
Brad Crabtree’s announcement that he is running for the North Dakota Public Service Commission seat was interesting, to say the least. He went out of his way to indicate that Xcel Energy’s interests will be one of his major concerns.
All of the erratic statements coming from Kevin Cramer are starting to make me dizzy. First, he said he wasn’t going to run for the U.S. House because he didn’t really want to be a member of Congress, and because running a political campaign would distract him from the energy issues he deals with at the Public Service Commission. Then, he changed his mind and announced he wanted to be a member of Congress after all.
North Dakota’s Public Service Commission is moving to streamline an insolvency case against a Hankinson ethanol factory that is already under bankruptcy protection.
The commission wants a federal bankruptcy judge to allow it to be appointed trustee of VeraSun Energy Corp.’s grain storage facilities at Hankinson.
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