Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – A western North Dakota prosecutor who sponsored Marsy’s Law has since withdrawn his support for the proposed ballot measure aimed at expanding crime victims’ rights and adding them to the state constitution, saying North Dakota already has effective protections for victims.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s candidates for governor had mixed responses this week when asked for their feelings about Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment that could be headed for the Nov. 8 ballot after sponsors turned in more than 44,000 signatures, or about 17,350 more than what’s required.
BISMARCK – Two gubernatorial candidates from opposing parties called Thursday for an audit of North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division, raising concerns that production numbers are not being verified and citing a tip that employees were ordered to destroy public records – a claim the agency’s spokeswoman called “completely baseless.”
BISMARCK – With challenger Bernie Sanders still nipping at her heels, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is ramping up her campaign’s presence in North Dakota ahead of the state party’s June 7 caucuses to elect delegates to the national convention. The Hillary for North Dakota campaign on Thursday named Marcella Jewell as its state director. Jewell also has organized Clinton’s campaign in New Hampshire, Maine and Indiana.
BISMARCK -- Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on May 20 in Fargo, her campaign announced Wednesday. A campaign statement said the nation’s 42nd president also will attend public events that day in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Billings, Mont., and will “discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to break down all the barriers holding families back.”
BISMARCK – Marsy's Law supporters have spent nearly $1.6 million of California tech billionaire Henry Nicholas' money so far on ballot measures in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana as part of his self-funded effort to put expanded rights for crime victims into state constitutions, officials said Wednesday.
BISMARCK – A California billionaire bankrolling a national effort to expand the rights of crime victims and enshrine them in state constitutions has dedicated more than $1 million to Marsy’s Law for North Dakota, supporters disclosed Tuesday before submitting more than 44,000 signatures to put the measure to voters. Secretary of State Al Jaeger has until June 14 to verify at least 26,904 signatures for the constitutional amendment – which faces opposition from defense attorneys and prosecutors alike – to land on the Nov. 8 ballot.
BISMARCK – The prosecutor who charged several high-ranking North Dakota Department of Human Services employees with conspiring to impede the investigation into the drowning-related death of a 5-year-old girl last summer has resigned, along with the special prosecutor helping her with the cases. McHenry County State’s Attorney Cassey Breyer resigned on May 3, informing the County Commission in a letter that she has taken another job and her last day will be June 29.
BISMARCK – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday he will support the Republican Party’s nominee for president but stopped short of endorsing -- or even mentioning -- presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Meanwhile, his main opponent for the GOP nomination for governor, Fargo businessman Doug Burgum, clarified on Friday that he is endorsing Trump but not necessarily his behavior.
BISMARCK – The State Historical Society is firing back against a contractor who sued the agency for withholding payment for work done on the North Dakota Heritage Center expansion, saying the firm’s failure to fix cracks and water leaks has caused damages in excess of $50,000. The state is seeking at least that amount in a counterclaim filed last week as part of its answer to the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in March by Wahpeton-based Comstock Construction Inc.