Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday rejected a request from Democrats to call lawmakers back to Bismarck to undo $50 million in recent budget cuts, saying it’s unnecessary and the budget plan for the coming year is “just fine.”
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and its newly endorsed candidate for U.S. House are denying allegations he had an extramarital affair. Chase Iron Eyes, a Fort Yates attorney and American Indian activist who received the party’s endorsement Saturday, said he also doesn’t know how a picture he took of himself naked ended up posted online with the allegations. “This is a smear campaign,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.
BISMARCK – A new advisory group formed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple began looking Monday for ways to improve North Dakota’s child care licensing process, including the possibility of financial penalties or a “warning status” for providers who wait until the last minute to file for renewal.
BISMARCK – Longtime state Rep. Eliot Glassheim of Grand Forks said he will accept the Democratic-NPL Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate on Saturday afternoon at the state convention in Bismarck. Glassheim said a longtime friend called him Friday asking if he would run for the seat currently held by Sen. John Hoeven, who received the GOP endorsement Saturday in Fargo for a second six-year term.
BISMARCK – Attorney and American Indian activist Chase Iron Eyes delivered a rousing speech as he accepted the Democratic-NPL Party’s endorsement for U.S. House on Saturday. “I got into this to defeat (Republican U.S. Rep.) Kevin Cramer because I think I have the grassroots appeal that we desperately need,” Iron Eyes said after delegates nominated him by unanimous ballot.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Democrats failed to field candidates for state treasurer and state insurance commissioner on Saturday at their state convention. Democratic-NPL chairwoman Kylie Oversen asked for nominations from delegates at the Bismarck Event Center, but no names were offered.
BISMARCK – Chase Iron Eyes says he doesn’t remember stealing the car when he left the bowling alley in Bismarck on that fateful day almost 14 years ago. He doesn’t remember how he ended up alone at the house with the kicked-in door, or why he walked out of it carrying two cases of antique shotguns when the police showed up. “I couldn’t really piece together the whole thing. I was blank-out drunk,” he said.
BISMARCK – Democrats said they’re down, but not out, as a smaller-than-expected crowd of delegates at the state convention unanimously endorsed candidates for governor and lieutenant governor Friday. “I’m all in. I’m not running to run. I’m running to win,” state Rep. Marvin Nelson said after delegates gave him their nod for governor by unanimous ballot.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats endorsed state Rep. Marvin Nelson for governor by a unanimous ballot at the state party convention here Friday. Nelson, a 57-year-old crop consultant from Rolla, aims to become the first Democrat elected governor in North Dakota since Gov. George Sinner won a second term in 1988. “I’m all in. I’m not running to run. I’m running to win,” he said.
BISMARCK – Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney and enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who has advocated for American Indian civil rights, is running as a Democrat for North Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House. Iron Eyes said he will seek the Democratic-NPL Party’s endorsement Saturday at its state convention at the Bismarck Event Center. The Fort Yates resident also is a delegate to the convention from District 31.