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Representatives of North Dakota city and county government do not like a proposal to force candidates in local elections, such as city commission, school board or other elected boards, to have party identifications.

Minot Republican Representative Scott Louser has drafted a bill he wants to introduce in the 2019 session.

"I think that's an inherently bad idea," said North Dakota League of Cities executive director Blake Crosby. "The very foundation of local government is non-partisanship."

V.P. Joe Biden rallies N.D. Democrats

Mar 17, 2018
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Former U-S Vice President Joe Biden delivered the key note address to delegates and party faithful at this year’s Democrat-NPL State Convention in Grand Forks. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

A new report from NPR on how teachers are being paid places North Dakota just below the middle of the pack at 33rd. The study shows North Dakota teachers with a salary of 50-thousand-237 dollars annually with a slight upward adjustment when you factor in cost of living. North Dakota United President Nick Archuletta says the numbers match up with what they are seeing. He says 33rd is not a bad place to be in – especially after languishing near the bottom for many years…

ND DEM-NPL Convention is underway

Mar 16, 2018

Candidates and delegates from North Dakota's Democratic-NPL Party are gathered at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks to set the stage for this year's elections.

Events from the opening day included...

The endorsement Jean Brandt for the six-year Public Service Commission term.

That seat is now held by Republican Randy Christmann, who is seeking re-election.

Brandt is from Kramer, North Dakota – in Bottineau County. Brandt told the convention delegates she will give more than 100 percent to the race.


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North Dakota’s Transportation Director is concerned about what he called a “funding gap” for North Dakota’s highway system.

"As we look at our data, and we look at the condition of our transportation system, and the revenue we have coming in -- in the future, there is a funding gap," said Tom Sorel. "There's a funding gap even in the system as it is today."

DOT brought together a group of Legislators, transportation companies and others to start looking at the issue.

Sorel said a number of options are now on the table.

Natural gas plant expansion approved by PSC

Mar 15, 2018
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A natural gas plant in McKenzie County has been given the green light to expand.

Arrow Field Service’s Arrow Bear Den plant will go from processing 30 million cubic feet of gas per day to 150 million cubic feet per day.  The expanded plant will produce natural gas liquids.

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus said he expects a lot more of these kinds of projects in western North Dakota, as gas production continues to ramp up.

PSC approves produced fuels pipeline upgrade

Mar 15, 2018
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The Public Service Commission has given its approval to Cenex to build a new produced fuels pipeline – to bring mainly diesel fuel from its Laurel, Montana refinery to Minot.

It’s a 181 mile pipeline. It replaces an existing 8 inch diameter pipeline with a 10 inch diameter pipeline. The line being replaced would run from Sidney, Montana to Minot. The PSC has jurisdiction over 150 miles of the new pipeline, in Williams, Mountrail and Ward Counties.

The new pipeline would carry 38,000 barrels a day – with a potential expansion to 60,000 barrels a day.

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A windfall – of sorts – for North Dakota.

The state is getting another $34 million from the tobacco settlement.

"A part of the terms for that settlement was that we would also diligently enforce the requirement that companies that didn't join the tobacco settlement would pay money into an escrow account," said North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. "That was to level the playing field, competitively."

A Minot lawmaker wants candidates in local races to have to show party affiliations.

Right now, those party ties are not on ballots for city government, school boards or other local elected offices. Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot) said he tried to get the proposal as an amendment to a bill in the 2017 Legislature, but it was rejected. Louser is planning to introduce it as a stand-alone bill in the 2019 Legislature.

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The director of the State Health Department’s Medical Marijuana division says the plan is to have medical marijuana available in North Dakota by the end of the calendar year.

Jason Wahl told the Legislature’s Administrative Rules committee – a big hurdle was the approval of the new administrative rules governing it.

"The Department is committing to implementing this program as quickly as it can," Wahl told the Committee. "It needs to insure the program is implemented in a well-regulated manner."


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