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Laird says teacher salaries, Oil Patch schools need help

March 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota needs to do more to help schools in the Oil Patch, increase teachers’ wages and address respect in schools, a candidate for state superintendent said Saturday. Max Laird of Bismarck received support for the nonpartisan office from the Democratic-NPL Party during the party’s state convention. Schools in western North Dakota are facing an influx of students and need support from the state, said Laird, a former Grand Forks teacher and former president of the North Dakota Education Association. Continue Reading

Conrad receives praise, exudes optimism

March 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In his final address to the Democratic-NPL Party before his retirement later this year, Sen. Kent Conrad reflected on his decades of service and predicted a comeback for North Dakota Democrats this fall. Conrad’s optimism for 2012 extended to the presidential race, where he said Americans won’t vote to return to the failed policies of the Bush administration. Continue Reading

Clinton: After ‘ideological’ 2010 contests, 2012 must be ‘a thinking election’

March 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Former president spoke to about 6,000 during keynote address at Democratic-NPL state conventionFormer President Bill Clinton said Saturday that the 2012 election boils down to a simple issue “some version of how bad is government after all.” He told a crowd of about 6,000 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks that Democrats have dealt with that question from Republicans for 30 years. But during his keynote address at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL state convention, he said there is no successful society in the world without both a “vibrant private economy” and “an effective government” working toward a better future. “If anybody doubts it, they should come to Grand Forks and hear the story and see what was done,” he said. Continue Reading

N.D. Democrats select Heitkamp to run for Senate

March 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It will be former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp’s job to keep a North Dakota U.S. Senate seat in Democratic hands. North Dakota Democratic convention delegates endorsed Heitkamp on Saturday to run for the Senate this fall. Continue Reading

Oil Patch dominates platform debate

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The social and environmental effects of western North Dakota’s growing pains highlighted a two-hour debate Friday over the Democratic-NPL Party’s proposed platform for 2012. Continue Reading

Potter sees positives of federal health care reform

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Democratic candidate for insurance commissioner vowed to lobby on behalf of everyone in North Dakota if he is elected to the post this fall.
Tom Potter of Grand Forks received his party’s official endorsement Friday during the Democratic-NPL Party convention. Continue Reading

‘Cowboy’ Taylor pledges courage as governor

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Ryan Taylor vows to be the people’s governor and to have “the courage to stand up and speak out for real North Dakota people” if he wins the election for the state’s highest office in November. Continue Reading

N.D. Democrats ready to ‘fight back’ in 2012

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Officials say Bill Clinton will boost party’s energyAfter a rough outcome following the 2010 election, U.S. Senate hopeful Heidi Heitkamp said North Dakota Democrats are ready for a fresh start and a new round of candidates who could boost the party’s profile in the state this Election Day. Continue Reading

Dem-NPL convention schedule

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL state convention will conclude Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Registration re-opens at 7:30 a.m. and the convention will start at 9:10 a.m. with reports from the Democratic-NPL caucuses in the North Dakota Legislature. Continue Reading

How to see Bill Clinton in Grand Forks

March 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks residents will have three chances to see former President Bill Clinton when he visits Saturday. Clinton will speak at the flood obelisk in downtown Grand Forks, located just south of the Sorlie Bridge on the bank of the Red River, at 10:45 a.m. The public is invited and asked to arrive by 10:15 a.m. The speech will also be carried live on Grand Forks Channel 2. Continue Reading