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BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday he will not call a special session of the Legislature as requested last week by Democrats who say a more strategic approach is needed to deal with budget cuts resulting from a massive revenue shortfall brought on by low crude oil and farm commodity prices.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democrats endorsed the state's first Native American candidate for federal office and recruited a retiring state lawmaker to run for U.S. Senate, but also left slots unfilled for several statewide offices on the final day of their state convention in Bismarck. Fort Yates attorney and American Indian activist Chase Iron Eyes delivered a rousing speech as he accepted the Democratic-NPL Party's nod for U.S. House.
BISMARCK -- Chase Iron Eyes says he doesn't remember stealing the car when he left the bowling alley in Bismarck on that fateful day almost 14 years ago. He doesn't remember how he ended up alone at the house with the kicked-in door, or why he walked out of it carrying two cases of antique shotguns when the police showed up. "I couldn't really piece together the whole thing. I was blank-out drunk," he said.
BISMARCK – Attorney and American Indian activist Chase Iron Eyes delivered a rousing speech as he accepted the Democratic-NPL Party’s endorsement for U.S. House on Saturday. “I got into this to defeat (Republican U.S. Rep.) Kevin Cramer because I think I have the grassroots appeal that we desperately need,” Iron Eyes said after delegates nominated him by unanimous ballot.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Democrats failed to field candidates for state treasurer and state insurance commissioner on Saturday at their state convention. Democratic-NPL chairwoman Kylie Oversen asked for nominations from delegates at the Bismarck Event Center, but no names were offered. Delegates authorized the party’s executive committee to endorse candidates for both positions, should any step forward. April 11 is the deadline for filing with the secretary of state to get on the June 14 primary ballot.
BISMARCK – Chase Iron Eyes says he doesn’t remember stealing the car when he left the bowling alley in Bismarck on that fateful day almost 14 years ago. He doesn’t remember how he ended up alone at the house with the kicked-in door, or why he walked out of it carrying two cases of antique shotguns when the police showed up. “I couldn’t really piece together the whole thing. I was blank-out drunk,” he said.
Dems elect national committeeman, woman BISMARCK — Delegates to the Democratic-NPL Party state convention elected Dina Baird of Bismarck as national committeewoman and state Rep. Josh Boschee of Fargo as national committeeman Friday. They will replace Renee Pfenning and Chad Nodland, who aren't seeking re-election. Their terms end after the Democratic National Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia. Delegates also approved Bob Valeu, Darlene Turitto and Grace Link as the party's presidential electors. rrr
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats endorsed state Rep. Marvin Nelson for governor by a unanimous ballot at the state party convention here Friday. Nelson, a 57-year-old crop consultant from Rolla, aims to become the first Democrat elected governor in North Dakota since Gov. George Sinner won a second term in 1988. Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford is expected to get the nod for lieutenant governor.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats launched their state convention here Friday with a focus on rebuilding their bench and restoring party balance and criticism of the Republican majority’s management of the state, which faces a projected $1.07 billion revenue shortfall that recently prompted budget cuts to state agencies. The convention began with 252 delegates seated at the Bismarck Event Center, through more than 500 have registered.
BISMARCK — A fourth Republican is jumping into the race for governor of North Dakota, setting up the possibility of a three-way race for the GOP nomination in the June primary. Paul Sorum of Bismarck, who ran for governor as an independent in 2012, said Thursday he will file his candidacy with the secretary of state's office late Thursday or Friday after his supporters gathered more than the 300 signatures needed to gain a spot on the June 14 primary ballot.