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BISMARCK – Bernie Sanders won big across the North Dakota landscape in Tuesday’s presidential preference caucus, capturing more delegates than self-declared nominee Hillary Clinton in all but five of the 47 districts, state party figures show. The Vermont senator’s dominance is likely to embolden his supporters to put even more pressure on the state’s five unpledged superdelegates to back him at the Democratic National Convention next month in Philadelphia.
BREAKOUT Where they go from here Delegates and alternates elected Tuesday in the North Dakota Democratic-NPL presidential preference caucus are eligible to attend the party's State Delegate Selection Meeting on June 18 in Bismarck. There, they will elect 18 delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention, along with five superdelegates who have already been selected. The 18 delegates will consist of: -- Twelve pledged district-level delegates and two alternates who must come from the pool elected Tuesday and be an equal split of men and women;
BISMARCK — Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer says Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem would make "a fine governor" — just not right now. Schafer explained his endorsement of Fargo businessman Doug Burgum in an interview Monday, just hours before the Burgum campaign released an ad with Schafer endorsing him as "the conservative business leader we need." "The best person to improve our budget and our economy is someone from outside the political system, just like I was," Schafer says in the video.
BISMARCK — People sentenced for property and drug crimes present the greatest opportunity for North Dakota to slow the revolving door at the state's prisons, researchers told the group guiding the state's Justice Reinvestment Initiative on Tuesday. Katie Mosehauer, project manager for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, said supervision failures and the lowest-level property and drug offenses "are creating an immense amount of pressure" on the state's prison system.
BISMARCK — After saying last month he would stay until June 2017, the president of Williston State College announced Monday his resignation is effective immediately, saying he doesn't want to wait another year to join his wife and children in Seattle. Raymond Nadolny, who became the college's third president in April 2009, announced his resignation on May 16, saying he would stay until his contract expired on June 30, 2017.
BISMARCK—Researchers working with North Dakota lawmakers on ways to reduce prison spending and reinvest the savings unveiled a "sobering" estimate Monday: Without policy action, the cost of contracting beds for the state's growing prison population will total $485 million through 2025. "That's a pretty nasty number, and that doesn't including building" new prisons, said Katie Mosehauer, project manager for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, as she presented to the Legislature's interim Judiciary Committee.
BISMARCK—Entrepreneur versus career politician. Job creator versus regulator. Visionary versus the status quo. Fargo businessman Doug Burgum's campaign for governor has criticized Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on many fronts, but none as consistently as Stenehjem's 40 years in elected office. Burgum's latest video, released last week, was arguably his harshest attack yet on his rival for the Republican nomination in the June 14 primary, knocking Stenehjem as a "career politician" first elected in 1976.
BISMARCK—The head of the world's 23rd-biggest public company believes his former boss is fit to lead the nation's 39th state. With billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates already contributing nearly $107,000 to Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum's gubernatorial campaign, the company's chief executive officer now also has endorsed Burgum, calling him "an enlightened business leader" who can be an effective governor of North Dakota. "He's been a real inspiration for me," CEO Satya Nadella said Friday in an interview with Forum News Service.
BISMARCK — North Dakota dangles the smallest prize among the six states hosting a Democratic caucus or primary on Tuesday, but presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are by no means dismissing the state's delegates. Both campaigns are making a last-minute push to rally support ahead of Tuesday, when caucus-goers in 47 districts will reveal their preference.
BISMARCK – Grand Forks resident Georgia Smith has seen Donald Trump twice in person in recent months, proudly showing off the cell phone picture she took with him in Phoenix in December. But that didn’t stop the 56-year-old event planner from showing up at 5 a.m. to be first in line for Trump’s 1 p.m. address today at the Bismarck Event Center.