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BISMARCK — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota's lone U.S. House seat has fired his campaign consultants after racking up more than $50,000 in debt and is "going it alone" until the November election, he said Monday. Chase Iron Eyes, a Fort Yates attorney and American Indian activist who is challenging a two-term incumbent in Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, reported $30,866 in cash on hand and $53,378 in campaign debt on his April-through-June quarterly report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's top agriculture official warned Monday that training provided by the Humane Society of the United States on how to handle animal cruelty cases poses a threat to the state's livestock industry, but an HSUS spokesman said that's untrue and trainers are only going where invited. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said he believes the Humane Society's intentions behind the training "are misleading as they have a long history as an animal rights activist organization with the intention of ending animal agriculture."
BISMARCK — The prosecutor who accused the director of North Dakota's largest state agency and four other current or former employees of impeding the investigation into the swimming-related death of a 5-year-old girl last summer asked a judge Friday to dismiss the charges against the three remaining defendants.
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers adjourned from a historic three-day special session Thursday with a $310 million budget fix that Republican majority leaders called a successful bridge to the 2017...
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill plugging a projected $310 million budget shortfall, bringing an end to a three-day special session. The House voted...
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple opened a special session of the Legislature on Tuesday urging more belt-tightening as lawmakers attempt to remedy a $309.5 million budget shortfall with a combination...
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers will descend on the Capitol next week for only the 15th special session in state history, with leaders of both parties determined not to get sidetracked as they try to bridge a $310 million revenue gap by cutting budgets and shifting money around. "We're going to try to keep the focus very narrow," House Majority Leader Al Carlson said. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and leaders of the Legislature's Republican supermajority still hadn't released details last week of the budget fix they crafted the previous week.
BISMARCK—North Dakota legislative leaders are hoping for a straightforward three-day special session starting Tuesday. Here's how they see it unfolding: • Gov. Jack Dalrymple will address the House and Senate jointly after they convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, setting the stage for the work ahead. • The Delayed Bills Committee will consider any introduced bills and likely move the governor's budget fix bill, sending it to the Senate.
BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says a lawsuit brought by the North Dakota Farm Bureau seeking to overturn the state's anti-corporate farming law is so vague that the state can't properly respond to it, but a lawyer for the plaintiffs says the complaint is specific. The lawsuit filed June 2 in U.S. District Court in Bismarck claims the law passed by North Dakota voters in 1932 is unconstitutional and hurts farmers by limiting their ability to attract investment and secure financing and lowering the value of their farms.
BISMARCK — A rebound in North Dakota's oil tax collections could restore more than $7 million in oil impact grants that were suspended in February, but Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe said he won't recommend a wholesale restart of the program. "The best news is that we can fulfill the obligations we've already made in grants," he told the Board of University and School Lands on Thursday.