Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – North Dakota’s bleak budget outlook suffered another blow Thursday with a report that state tax revenues came up $36.4 million short in May, increasing the chances of additional budget cuts and making it likely the state will drain the remaining $75 million from a rainy day fund. “Obviously this is of concern. We’re basically right on the brink,” Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp told the Legislature’s interim Government Finance Committee.
BISMARCK – State Sen. George Sinner didn’t need to see the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary to know that a lot of Democrats voted Republican to help Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum score a 20-point upset over Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for the GOP nomination. The Fargo Democrat just looked at his own race. In the 2012 primary, Sinner received 1,275 votes. On Tuesday, facing the same opponent, he got just 485. “I think people had to cross over,” he said.
BISMARCK – One of the North Dakota Legislature’s longest-serving Republicans was defeated in his House re-election bid Tuesday, after previously losing the district’s endorsement.
BISMARCK – Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum stunned the GOP establishment Tuesday with a convincing win over the party’s endorsed candidate, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, an improbable victory after trailing by nearly 50 points in a poll less than four months ago.
BISMARCK – The race for North Dakota’s highest elected office could be settled Tuesday as a hard-fought and increasingly bitter race between two Republican candidates for governor reaches its conclusion in the deeply red state. Voters also will decide on a ballot measure seeking to overturn legislation passed last year that would relax a 1932 law to allow non-family corporations to own dairy and swine operations.
BISMARCK – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has transferred $145,000 from his attorney general’s campaign fund to his gubernatorial war chest as he tries to withstand a challenge from Fargo businessman Doug Burgum for the Republican nomination.
BISMARCK – Two Republicans fighting for the GOP nomination for governor said Wednesday they don’t agree with Donald Trump’s accusations that a federal judge presiding over a lawsuit on Trump University is biased because of his Mexican heritage.
BISMARCK – Bernie Sanders won big across North Dakota in the state’s Democratic-NPL presidential preference caucus Tuesday, earning more delegates than self-declared nominee Hillary Clinton in 42 of 47 districts, party figures show. The Vermont senator’s dominance is likely to embolden his supporters to put even more pressure on the state’s five unpledged superdelegates to back him at the Democratic National Convention next month in Philadelphia.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats handed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders a convincing win over Hillary Clinton by a more than 2-to-1 margin in the state’s presidential preference caucus Tuesday, with turnout a top party official said “far exceeded expectations.” With all 47 districts reporting, caucus voters allotted 253 delegates to Sanders and 101 delegates to Clinton, plus 40 uncommitted delegates, according to Democratic-NPL Party Executive Director Robert Haider.
BISMARCK – People sentenced for property and drug crimes present the greatest opportunity for North Dakota to slow the revolving door at the state’s prisons, researchers told the group guiding the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative on Tuesday. Katie Mosehauer, project manager for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, said supervision failures and the lowest-level property and drug offenses “are creating an immense amount of pressure” on the state’s prison system.