Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK—The director of North Dakota's lone abortion clinic expects a rebound in the percentage of abortions performed through medication, after the approval this week of a revised drug label that essentially cancels out the effects of a 2011 state law pushed by abortion foes. "This is what our patients were asking for," Red River Women's Clinic Director Tammi Kromenaker said Thursday.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democrats will kick off their three-day state convention here Thursday with the most registered delegates since 2008 and a focus on rebuilding. Democratic-NPL Party Executive Director Robert Haider said 522 delegates are registered to attend the convention at the Bismarck Events Center, along with 60-some alternate delegates.
BISMARCK—Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney and enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who has advocated for American Indian rights, is running as a Democrat for North Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House. Iron Eyes said he will seek the Democratic-NPL Party's endorsement Saturday at its state convention at the Bismarck Event Center. The Fort Yates resident also is a delegate to the convention from District 31.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck attorney who announced his candidacy for the North Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday said he's not impressed with the quality of some of the state's judges and intends to "jack them up" in his written opinions if elected. Robert Bolinske Sr. said he hasn't decided which of the two open Supreme Court seats he will seek. Justice Lisa Fair McEvers is running for the seat she was appointed to in November 2013, and so far she has no challengers for the unexpired two-year term.
BISMARCK — For local Republican district chairman John Trandem, Tuesday’s news that presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will deliver the keynote address Saturday at the state GOP convention in Fargo isn’t just good for the party. It’s good for the entire state.
BISMARCK — Fargo businessman Doug Burgum will forgo his state salary if elected governor of North Dakota, the Republican said in his latest campaign ad released Tuesday, just a few days before the state GOP endorsing convention in Fargo. The governor's annual salary is set in state law when the Legislature meets every two years. It's currently $129,091 and will increase to $132,964 on July 1.
BISMARCK – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will deliver the keynote address at the state GOP convention in Fargo on Saturday, taking the stage the day before delegates hear from former presidential hopeful Ben Carson, who has endorsed Cruz’s bitter rival, Donald Trump. Cruz, a freshman U.S. senator from Texas, will speak at about 1 p.m. Saturday at Scheels Arena, state GOP Executive Director Roz Leighton said Tuesday.
BISMARCK – Democratic leaders sent a letter to Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday urging him to call a special session of the Legislature to restore about $50 million in across-the-board budget cuts made in February to offset a projected $1.07 billion budget shortfall.
BISMARCK — A judge says the North Dakota Industrial Commission overstepped its bounds when it fined a trucking company $950,000 for illegal dumping, also finding that the penalties "are not reasonable and do not comport with fundamental fairness." Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward recommended the three-member Industrial Commission dismiss its complaint against Black Hills Trucking.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Democrats trying to rebuild their party and generate enthusiasm here next weekend will have to compete with flying motorcycles and fire jugglers from the Shrine Circus. The circus will be going on next door to the Democratic convention inside the Bismarck Event Center. But the real main attraction will be 200 miles away in Fargo.