Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – The director of North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic expects a rebound in the percentage of abortions performed through medication, after the approval this week of a revised drug label that essentially cancels out the effects of a 2011 state law pushed by abortion foes. “This is what our patients were asking for,” Red River Women’s Clinic Director Tammi Kromenaker said Thursday.
BISMARCK – A fourth Republican is jumping into the race for governor of North Dakota, setting up the possibility of a three-way race for the GOP nomination in the June primary. Paul Sorum of Bismarck, who ran for governor as an independent in 2012, said Thursday he will file his candidacy with the secretary of state’s office late today or Friday after his supporters gathered more than the 300 signatures needed to gain a spot on the June 14 primary ballot.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Democrats will kick off their three-day state convention here Thursday with the most registered delegates since 2008 and a focus on rebuilding. Democratic-NPL Party Executive Director Robert Haider said 522 delegates are registered to attend the convention at the Bismarck Events Center, along with 60-some alternate delegates.
BISMARCK – Abortion opponents suffered a blow Wednesday when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new label expanding the authorized use of a drug used in medication abortions, making the option cheaper and accessible to “many more women,” a lawyer for North Dakota’s sole abortion provider said.
BISMARCK – A Bismarck attorney who announced his candidacy for the North Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday said he’s not impressed with the quality of some of the state’s judges and intends to “jack them up” in his written opinions if elected. Robert Bolinske Sr. said he hasn’t decided which of the two open Supreme Court seats he will seek.
BISMARCK – For local Republican district chairman John Trandem, Tuesday’s news that presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will deliver the keynote address Saturday at the state GOP convention in Fargo isn’t just good for the party. It’s good for the entire state.
BISMARCK – Democratic leaders urged Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday to call a special legislative session to restore about $50 million that was slashed from agency budgets in February to deal with a massive revenue shortfall, but the governor gave the idea a cool reception.
BISMARCK – A company that purchased an oil well near Dickinson and replaced its underground pump with an above-ground pumpjack was ordered Tuesday to take it down after neighbors complained about it being an eyesore and a safety hazard that diminishes their property values.
BISMARCK – A judge says the North Dakota Industrial Commission overstepped its bounds when it fined a trucking company $950,000 for illegal dumping, also finding that the penalties “are not reasonable and do not comport with fundamental fairness.” Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward recommended the three-member Industrial Commission dismiss its complaint against Black Hills Trucking.
Convention schedules Below are the tentative schedules for the Republican and Democratic-NPL state conventions. Specific times for all events were not available. Schedules can be found at http://convention.demnpl.com/schedule and http://www.ndgop.org/2016convention/2016convention-agenda/