Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – Democratic lawmakers on Thursday will release their plan for balancing the state’s budget during a special session next month, hoping majority Republicans will consider the proposal as they ready their own plan crafted by GOP leadership and Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
BISMARCK — The fuss raised by former North Dakota GOP chairman Gary Emineth on Monday at the Republican National Convention wasn't about unbinding delegates or stopping Donald Trump from becoming the party's presidential nominee, he said — he simply wanted a roll-call vote on the convention rules. But Emineth and other petitioners didn't get it, and while he was still stewing about it Tuesday in Cleveland, he said it was time for delegates to move on and unite behind Trump.
BISMARCK — A second state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to delay construction of a new North Dakota governor's residence, saying his bill has been in the works for weeks and it's "not the right time" for the project with the state facing a major revenue shortfall. Republican Rep. Jim Kasper of Fargo told Forum News Service late Sunday that his bill would revoke the authority and $4 million appropriation provided by lawmakers in April 2015 to build a new governor's residence if $1 million in private funds could be raised.
BISMARCK — After seeing its largest monthly drop ever in April, North Dakota oil production rebounded slightly in May but is still expected to dip below 1 million barrels per day by the end of this year or early next year, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said Friday. Production inched up by half a percentage point in May, to 1.047 million barrels per day, or 5,383 barrels per day higher than in April, according to preliminary figures.
BISMARCK — A Democratic state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill during next month's special session that could delay construction of a new multimillion-dollar governor's residence, saying it "doesn't look too smart" to start the project when the state is struggling financially.
BISMARCK — Rulemakers for the Republican National Convention killed any chance Friday of a last-ditch effort to dump Donald Trump as the party's presidential nominee, confirming what the head of the North Dakota Republican Party saw happening a day earlier. "I feel like it's moving the other way. I think people are rallying behind him," GOP chairman Kelly Armstrong said Thursday by phone from Cleveland, site of the four-day convention that starts Monday. "It's not like 'aw shucks,' kicking dirt."
BISMARCK – After seeing its largest drop ever in April, North Dakota oil production rebounded slightly in May, the Department of Mineral Resources reported Friday. May production increased by half a percentage point to 1.047 million barrels per day, or 5,383 barrels per day higher than in April.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Republican Party official says it's "pure coincidence" that Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's decision to skip the Republican National Convention has opened the door for Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum — who defeated Stenehjem last month for the GOP nomination for governor — to attend as a delegate. North Dakota is sending 28 delegates to the convention next week in Cleveland, where New York businessman Donald Trump hopes to clinch the party's official nomination for president.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health estimates a proposed ballot measure aimed at legalizing medical marijuana would require adding 32 full-time employees and cost $8.7 million to administer in the first biennium — a figure the measure's lead sponsor called "outrageous."
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple took the extraordinary step Wednesday of calling the Legislature into special session to plug a budget gap that's projected to widen to $310 million by the end of this biennium, after already shoring up a more than $1 billion revenue shortfall in February. Dalrymple issued an executive order for lawmakers to convene Aug. 2. Under the state constitution, they must meet for at least the three days to pass a bill, which Dalrymple said his office will introduce to the Legislature's delayed bills committee.