Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer says Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem would make “a fine governor” – just not right now. Schafer explained his endorsement of Fargo businessman Doug Burgum in an interview Monday, just hours before the Burgum campaign released an ad with Schafer endorsing him as “the conservative business leader we need.”
BISMARCK – After saying last month he would stay until June 2017, the president of Williston State College announced Monday his resignation is effective immediately, saying he doesn’t want to wait another year to join his wife and children in Seattle. Raymond Nadolny, who became the college’s third president in April 2009, announced his resignation on May 16, saying he would stay until his contract expired on June 30, 2017.
BISMARCK – Researchers working with North Dakota lawmakers on ways to reduce prison spending and reinvest the savings unveiled a “sobering” estimate Monday: Without policy action, the cost of contracting beds for the state’s growing prison population will total $485 million through 2025.
BISMARCK – Entrepreneur versus career politician. Job creator versus regulator. Visionary versus the status quo. Fargo businessman Doug Burgum’s campaign for governor has criticized Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on many fronts, but none as consistently as Stenehjem’s 40 years in elected office.
BISMARCK – The head of the world’s 23rd-biggest public company believes his former boss is fit to lead the nation’s 39th state. With billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates already contributing nearly $107,000 to Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum’s gubernatorial campaign, the company’s chief executive officer now also has endorsed Burgum, calling him “an enlightened business leader” who can be an effective governor of North Dakota.
BISMARCK – North Dakota dangles the smallest prize among the six states hosting a Democratic caucus or primary on Tuesday, but presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are by no means dismissing the state’s delegates. Both campaigns are making a last-minute push to rally support ahead of Tuesday, when caucus-goers in 47 districts will reveal their preference.
BISMARCK –Two Republicans campaigning to become the party’s nominee for governor in November disagreed about the relevance of a study released Wednesday that ranks North Dakota’s financial health as higher than all but three other states. The study completed for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranked each state’s financial well-being based on 2014 data for short- and long-term debt and other key obligations such as unfunded pensions and healthcare benefits.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s largest public employees union endorsed Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for governor Wednesday in a hotly contested Republican primary race, which challenger Doug Burgum said comes as no surprise. North Dakota United said its members decided to endorse Stenehjem over Burgum based on the two candidates’ responses to questions asked on behalf of members during recent sit-downs.
BISMARCK – North Dakota nice took a back seat to insults and profanity-laced political rhetoric after Donald Trump’s speech to more than 7,000 people here Thursday as protesters clashed with supporters streaming out of the Bismarck Event Center. More than 50 law enforcement officers formed a line between the two sides, occasionally directing protesters back toward the Fifth Street boulevard where many had spent a long day demonstrating in the sun.
BISMARCK – Grand Forks resident Georgia Smith has seen Donald Trump twice in person in recent months, proudly showing off the cell phone picture she took with him in Phoenix in December. But that didn’t stop the 56-year-old event planner from showing up at 5 a.m. to be first in line for Trump’s 1 p.m. address today at the Bismarck Event Center.