Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer has launched an online straw poll to let North Dakota Republicans express their preference for a presidential candidate, after state GOP officials scrapped their customary informal caucus because of a change in national convention rules. "North Dakota Republicans are being left out of the 2016 presidential preference process, so this straw poll will provide the next best thing," Cramer said in a statement Wednesday.
BISMARCK — Last week's campaign statement listing the names of 81 Republican state lawmakers as endorsing Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for governor left out an important detail in the eyes of GOP challenger Doug Burgum: The endorsements were sought before Burgum jumped into the race. The news release Jan. 26 from Stenehjem's campaign listed 29 senators and 52 House members as endorsing Stenehjem, representing 81 of the Legislature's 103 Republican members.
BISMARCK — With Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wielding a nearly $400,000 war chest for his gubernatorial campaign, GOP challenger and former Microsoft executive Doug Burgum is ready to dip into his own substantial finances to compete for the Republican Party's nomination. Burgum said that while he plans on mounting a full fundraising effort, he's always been willing to put his own money on the line and wants "to invest appropriately to be effective."
BISMARCK—As news of North Dakota's $1 billion revenue shortfall and 4.05 percent budget cuts for state agencies sank in Monday, some elected officials predicted the appetite for tapping into the state's $3.5 billion trust fund for oil taxes will grow when lawmakers convene next January. Some majority Republican lawmakers have adamantly opposed spending the Legacy Fund's principal or earnings as a way to weather the downturn in state revenues caused by depressed market prices for crude oil and agricultural commodities.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to help cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on slumping oil and farm commodity prices. After years of good news about state revenues, "it seems strange to hear that things have gone in the other direction," Dalrymple told agency heads at the Capitol as he unveiled a bleak revenue forecast by Moody's Analytics.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall...
BISMARCK – A new revenue forecast being released this morning is expected to trigger budget cuts for most state agencies in North Dakota. Officials will discuss the Moody’s Analytics forecast...
BISMARCK — Plans to drill a 3-mile-deep hole near Rugby to test whether certain rock formations are suitable for storing radioactive waste bumped into a thick layer of skepticism Thursday from state and county officials who fear the federal government is grooming North Dakota to become a nuclear waste disposal site.
BISMARCK — A district court judge running for the first wide-open seat on the North Dakota Supreme Court in more than two decades says his campaign speech at a Republican Party district convention was allowed under judicial conduct rules, even if some convention-goers found it a bit unusual. Southeast Judicial District Judge Jerod Tufte addressed the combined District 31/34 GOP convention in Mandan on Tuesday evening.
BISMARCK—With its jails and prisons overcrowded and incarceration costs on the rise, North Dakota launched an effort with a national partner Tuesday to curb spending on corrections and reinvest the savings in ways that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. State lawmakers approved a top-to-bottom review of the state's criminal justice system last year, creating an Incarceration Issues Committee to guide the effort.