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N.D. Democratic lawmakers pleased with GOP gov

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota Democratic legislative leaders say they're mostly pleased with Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple's State of the State speech on Tuesday.

State House Democratic leader Jerome Kelsh of Fullerton says North Dakota is in good shape. Kelsh says legislative Democrats will have differences with the Republican governor's agenda, but Kelsh says they'll probably be minor.

Assistant Democratic Senate leader Mac Schneider says he wants Dalrymple to support broadening eligibility requirements for a state health insurance program for children of low-income families. Schneider says Dalrymple should also emphasize state aid for pre-kindergarten classes.

Dalrymple wants a new commission to examine how the state provides aid to its public colleges. Assistant House Democratic leader Lee Kaldor of Mayville says he's concerned about the benchmarks a commission would use to determine whether aid is being well spent.