August Legislative Report from Sen. Larry Robinson

By the time you read this article, we will see the end of the month of August. The Summer has once again passed quickly. In the last couple of weeks, it has been good seeing our farmers harvesting wheat. Early reports indicate some decent crops with good quality and yield. Challenges continue getting around water issues in most fields.

The Budget Section of the legislature met by way of a TEAMS lately to approve millions of Federal Stimulus funding. A significant portion of this funding went to our cities and counties. They have been on the front line in the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Counties will receive a total of $25.4 million and Cities will receive a total of $33.5 million. In addition, local Health Departments will receive some $20 million. Needless to say, local governments welcomed the approval of these funds. Our local governments have experienced increased costs in responding to the COVID Pandemic, and in many cases reduced revenues caused by the economic turndown. We send special thanks to all font line workers during this challenging time. Our front line workers have stood tall  during this Pandemic.

Many of our City and County employees are front line workers, be they medical/EMT professionals, Health Department, Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, and numerous other city and county employees. A total of $59 million will be paid out to local law enforcement jurisdictions based on the number of law enforcement personnel and overall payroll costs during the months of March through September. According to Joe Morrissette, Director of the office of Management and Budget, “These funds will be a welcome form of tax relief to jurisdictions experiencing a loss of revenue.”  The dollars also come at a time when our local sub divisions are preparing their budgets for the upcoming year. State aid to political subdivisions has declined including aid to the highway distribution fund allocations as well as significant reductions in hotel and lodging taxes.

North Dakota has received a total of $1.25 billion from the COVID 19 Pandemic Relief Fund as part of a $2.2 trillion CARES Act appropriation. The Budget Section of the legislature approved a total of $319.7 million during the recent meeting. Funding was allocated to a host of State Departments including the Commerce Department, Health Department, Department of Corrections, Higher Education, Department of Human Services, Job Service, Judicial Branch and several other state departments and agencies.

As I write this article, all state agencies are working aggressively preparing their budgets for the next budget cycle beginning July 1, 2021. Those budgets are then submitted to the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.  The Governor and OMB will work over the next couple of months drafting the budget for the state of North Dakota. That document is referred to as the Executive Budget Recommendation. It is the blueprint that the legislature will work from when the session convenes in January of 2021. Given the uncertainty of the economic situation with agriculture, energy, and overall business activity in our state, coupled with the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic, the challenge preparing  this budget will be especially difficult.

Thank you.

Until next time, you can reach me at lrobinson@nd.gov. Take care and stay safe.

 

Legislative Report – July 2020

Legislative Report – Senator Larry Robinson

Water, Water, and More Water-

Weather wise, we have been in an interesting pattern for the past few years. Either we have too much or too little water. Our area has been inundated with water this year. Water issues have plagued Barnes County and many areas in eastern North Dakota. This comes at a time when western North Dakota has been dry. The recent rains in the west in many cases have been too little and too late to save the crops in that region. Our county Commissioners and Water Resource District personnel have had their hands full dealing with water issues. The past few years there have seen challenges with Hobart Lake, Sanborn Lake, Meadow Lake and Ten Mile Lake among others. The challenges are real and they are causing serious issues for our farmers and small towns. In many cases, farmers have only been able to plant a small portion of their cropland due to high water and roads that are not passable. There are a number of instances where it was impossible to get the 2019 crop off so the 2020 crop could be planted. We have situations in the county where folks have to drive through roads covered with water to get to their farmsteads. Farmers have also  invested significant dollars in drainage ditches and other efforts to move the water off their cropland and roadways. Needless to say, the situation is dire. These roads are often the lifeline for EMT vehicles in the time of an emergency. Farmers need these roads to move their commodities. And yes, these roads are used for our school buses as well.

During the 2019 session the legislature passed the Prairie Dog bill in an effort to direct funds toward our roads and bridges throughout the state. The dollars in the Prairie Dog bill (in excess of $220,000,000) would come from taxes on oil production in western North Dakota. I was a co sponsor on the bill. Unfortunately, with the collapse of oil prices, those dollars are certainly in question. According to a study by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute in Fargo, there is a need totaling $1 billion dollars statewide to address county and township roads and bridges. The cost is only increasing each and every year.

The challenge to maintain our roads and bridges will not go away. It will clearly have to be a very high priority as we approach the 2021 legislative session. Yes, the cost to maintain the system of roads and bridges statewide is  high. I suggest that the greater cost is not making that investment. When we do to not invest  the necessary dollars in maintaining our roads, we often find that we end up with a much higher cost in the replacement of those roads. Our farmers and ranchers are dependent on these roads. The safety of our folks living in rural North Dakota is at stake. Our children ride in school buses that use these roadways. This is an investment that we must make.

I can assure you that serious discussions are underway in how we respond to this crisis. I will attempt to keep you informed on those discussions as we move toward the Fall and the next legislative session scheduled to commence in January 2021.

In the meantime, I can be reached at lrobinson@nd.gov. Stay safe and stay healthy!

What’s up next with D24 Dem-NPL?

After a great night at the Riverbend Revue, we have more great and safe events coming up this month and next for ways to learn more and to support your local D24 Dem-NPL!

In the Wimbledon/Dazey area? Your D24 Dem-NPL Candidates will be at Wimbledon’s Steak night on Thursday, July 16 at 6pm! Say “Hi” and get to know your candidates!

Sunday, July 19 at 3:30pm at Little Yellowstone Park on Highway 46, join us for Sweets, Treats, and a Meet & Greet! Enjoy some bars and snacks and get to know your District 24 Dem-NPL candidates!

Check out our virtual D24 Dem-NPL Summer Auction from July 27 to July 31. Find the items and bid at D24 Dem-NPL Summer Auction. Items can be picked up at D24 Dem-NPL District Office on August 3 and August 4 between 4:00pm-7:00pm , on August 7 between 1:30pm-3:30pm, or by appointment. Check, cash, or online payment at ActBlue will be accepted at time of pick-up.

Wednesday, August 5 from 5:00-7:00pm, stop by Chautauqua Park in Valley City for Dash & Dine Meals To Go.

Stop by for our Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 23 at 4:00pm, Dakotah Pavillian at Chautauqua Park. See the candidates, hear from some speakers, support the Great Plains Food Bank, and enjoy a burger!

More events are in the works so stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you all throughout the district!

Riverbend Revue Fundraiser – 7pm – July 13 at Riverbend Farms!

Riverbend Revue – a night of music and comedy at Riverbend Farm at 7 pm, plus rootbeer or pop floats and a special gift of samples from a local brewery.

The District 24 Democratic-NPL is hosting a fundraiser for our local candidates:  Larry Robinson running for State Senate, Naomi Muscha and Bradley Edin running for the two State House seats.

Performers will be Joe DeMasi, folk musician, Jenni Lou Russi, comedian and Spencer Dobson, comedian.

Jenni Lou Russi  is a professional stand-up comedian who is chair of the Department of Communication Arts at VCSU.  She appeals to a wide audience and her comedy credits include working as house emcee at comedy clubs, tours throughout the Lower 48 and corporate engagements. 

Spencer Dobson has performed in clubs, at comedy festivals, private functions and prisons all over the US and Canada. Comedy has taken Spencer from one corner of the continent to the other, cutting his comedy teeth in Minneapolis and then moving to Los Angeles to follow his dreams.  He’s now taken up residence in Valley City.

Joe DeMasi performs solo and also with his twin brother John (when COVID is not happening). He hails from New York City where he began his career playing guitar and singing in folk clubs and coffeehouses.  He and his brother have played at Greenwich Village famed music clubs.  He moved to Valley City a number of years ago, and continues to do folk music tours around the USA. 

To be safe in this time of COVID-19 people are invited to watch the performers from their car or bring a lawn chair to sit on the grass, remembering social distancing of six feet.  Masks are recommended if you choose to go outside your car. Free will donations benefit District 24 Democratic-NPL’s 2020 Campaign efforts.  In case of inclement weather the event will be rescheduled.  For more information contact Sharon Buhr at 845-5197.

Want to support District 24? Get a 2020 Campaign shirt to support our candidates and be sure our district elects the leadership it deserves!

With questions, email admin@d24democrats.com or contact one of your candidates, district officers, or volunteers.

Or order online at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2020campaigntshirts!

Sen Larry Robinson Honored with Governors’ Legacy of Leadership Award

The Third Annual Governors’ Dinner took place on Thursday, May 28 where they honored Senator Larry Robinson with this year’s Governors’ Legacy of Leadership Award! Joining Senator Robinson was Senator Heitkamp and Mayor Pete Buttigieg!

Larry has served in the North Dakota State Senate in District 24 (Valley City) for over 30 years, having first been elected in 1988. He received a B.S. degree in Education from VCSU and an M.S. in Educational Administration from NDSU.

Here’s what Larry had to say about his service: “I am in my 45th year at Valley City State University. I am the Executive Director of the VCSU Foundation. Prior to that I was the high school principal at Warwick, N.D. My wife, Mary Lee and I, have been married for 48 years. She is a retired public school teacher. We have two grown sons, Jamie and Travis. We lost Travis to a tree accident two years ago. We miss him dearly. He was such a big part of our lives. We have three grand sons, Alex, Max, and Jax. We are members of St. Catherine’s Catholic church here in Valley City. I am the senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Drug Court Advisory Committee. My interim assignments include the Budget Section; Water Topics; Higher Education Formula Committee; Higher Education Funding Committee; and Information Technology.”

Larry is incredibly active in his community, and leads by example. He has served as President of the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce, on the Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Prevention Advisory Task Force, and on the Legislative Council from 1991-2014. He’s a member of the Elks, the Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, the Barnes County Wildlife Federation, the VCSU V-500, the VCSU Booster Club, and St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. These positions are more than just lines on a resume for Larry. He lives and breathes public service and always puts the needs of others above his own.

Larry has served the party and the state selflessly for many years, and his dedication to the betterment of North Dakota has not gone unnoticed. While we are excited to honor Larry with this award, he also needs your help in his 2020 reelection campaign. Please consider sending a donation to Larry’s campaign to make sure we continue to have his voice representing us in the capitol.

The North Dakota Democratic-NPL was so excited to present Larry with the Governors’ Legacy of Leadership Award and we hope you too will thank him for his many years of service to North Dakota and the Democratic-NPL Party!

*Story adapted from letter originally released by Kylie Oversen, Chairwoman, ND Dem-NPL

2020 District 24 Dem-NLP Platform – Approved at 2020 D24 Convention

2020 District 24 Democratic-NPL Convention Principles and Resolutions

 

The members of District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party unite to work for equal opportunity, personal freedoms and limited government.

 

District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party supports the following principles:

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, PERSONAL FREEDOMS AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT

  1. We believe that all people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, chief among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that people create governments to secure these rights and that government gains legitimacy only from the consent of the governed.

 

  1. We believe in constitutionally limited government serving only those vital public purposes not met through other means.

 

  1. Officials should be freely and fairly elected or appointed by officials so elected, should govern transparently and should exercise authority only within constitutionally established limits.

 

  1. Rule of law and an independent judiciary are essential to constitutionally limited government and to personal freedom and equal opportunity.

 

  1. A legitimate government lacks the authority to treat people differently based on factors such as religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ancestral origins, political party or parental social status.

 

  1. We uphold personal responsibility in using freedoms and in people experiencing benefit or harm according to their personal choices.

 

  1. We support the civil and political rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities guaranteed in the United States and North Dakota constitutions.

 

  1. The equal freedom of all citizens should be unhindered by elementary ignorance and illiteracy, unimpaired by damage to them or their property by the actions of others without their consent, and unencumbered by crime, corruption or extreme concentrations of power.

 

  1. We believe in strong, fair and efficient enforcement of our constitutions, our laws and our national security and borders.

 

  1. Government fills its best and proper role without needing to interfere with private moral and religious choices by sustaining a society that rewards hard work, innovation, productivity, creativity, personal responsibility and obedience to law.

 

District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party supports the following resolutions:

 

I.               FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS AND LEGISLATIVE INTEGRITY

 

 

  1. We support efforts to reduce the influence of money in political campaigns and on our elected officials, including strong financial disclosure requirements for both candidates and parties before taking or resuming office.

 

  1. We support an election process free of procedural barriers that disenfranchise and discourage voters or particular classes of voters.

 

  1. We endorse requiring a paper trail to facilitate a transparent canvassing and recount process.

 

  1. We support a non-partisan redistricting commission that shall be responsible for drawing congressional and state legislative districts.

 

  1. We support legislation requiring legislators to carry out their functions transparently, with full disclosure of gifts received while in office; and with public access to the minutes of legislative proceedings.

 

  1. We support an effective and fair State Government ethics commission.

 

  1. We support a state law prohibiting the conversion of campaign funds for personal use.

 

 

II.              HELPING THE MOST ECONOMICALLY INSECURE

 

  1. We recognize that the income inequality gap has been widening for the past three decades and support local, state and federal policies that will reverse this trend. Extreme inequality can and does impinge personal liberty through factors such as concentrated power and the extreme economic and medical insecurity of one’s family.

 

  1. We support efforts to provide affordable housing for the citizens of North Dakota.

 

III.            WORKER PROTECTIONS

 

  1. We support passage of an Injured Workers Bill of Rights.

 

  1. We support increased availability for affordable and quality daycare.

 

  1. We support giving unemployment compensation to North Dakota workers who are locked out of their worksite.

 

  1. We support maintaining a defined benefit retirement plan for teachers and public employees, including police officers.

 

  1. We oppose any and all efforts to privatize Social Security or to undermine this important program.

 

  1. We support efforts to eliminate the cap on taxable earnings for Social Security taxes.

 

  1. We believe that all Americans deserve to earn a “living wage” defined as a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living. Each state should determine their living wage and use that as their minimum wage.

 

  1. We support protections for all workers not covered by worker’s compensation.

 

 

IV.            HEALTH

 

  1. We oppose any attempts to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.

 

  1. We support increased statewide access to Behavioral Health services, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction, especially opioids.

 

  1. We support policies to encourage serving local, fresh foods to K-12 students as a way of addressing the related epidemics of childhood obesity and diabetes.

 

  1. We strongly urge that all necessary steps be taken to ensure that veterans receive the health care and related services they need in a timely manner – particularly, those suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The veteran should be able to access necessary services at the facility closest to their home of record and we ask the North Dakota Congressional delegation to support this request at the national level.

 

  1. We, in keeping with the ND voters’ wishes as expressed at the ballot box in 2008 and in keeping with the originally-stated purpose of ND’s Tobacco Settlement negotiations, support continuing to invest the designated portion of those payments in the statewide tobacco prevention/cessation program, “Saving Lives-Saving Money.”

 

  1. We support building on existing laws to improve health care affordability, to expand access to health care, and to expand health insurance overage especially for job-seekers and low-income households with the eventual goal of universal access to affordable health insurance.

 

  1. We support increasing support for regional and tribal addiction treatment centers and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

 

  1. We support making changes needed to reduce prescription drug cost and abuse in the state and

 

  1. We support expanding the eligibility for North Dakota Healthy Steps and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIPS).

 

  1. We support continued state funding for stroke registry, training and public education.

 

  1. We support efforts to increase the proportion of people trained for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and regular progress until completion in placing the recently developed heart resuscitation devices in all frequently used public

 

  1. We support expansion of the Division of EMS administrative support and local matching grant program.

 

  1. We support state funding for EMS training grants and paramedic student loan forgiveness for citizens willing to serve in a rural community.

 

  1. We support medically accurate sexual health education in schools, with a goal of reducing unwanted pregnancies.

 

  1. We support the establishment of a Medicaid Fraud Unit in the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

 

  1. We support providing health benefits and Workman Compensation Insurance to volunteer firefighters and emergency responders.

 

  1. We support the legislation to have medicinal marijuana ready for usage by those in medical need and following provisions of the legislation.

 

  1. We support restoring full funding of the Independent Living Program sponsored by the Open Door Center.

 

 

V.             FARMING – SAFE FOOD SUPPLY

 

  1. We support research and development in our land grant universities of Non-GMO crops to assure Non-GMO seed availability for the future.

 

  1. We support public breeding of bioengineered crops that have resulted from marker-assisted technologies identifying desirable traits within one species, especially when the end products further reduce the monopolistic control of the food system by corporations.

 

  1. We support family held ownership of farms. We support upholding the anti-corporate farming laws that limit corporate ownership of farms to family held entities.

 

  1. We support policies to expedite the development of bio-firms whose purpose is to supply sustainable, bio-based agricultural inputs to farmers and ranchers, given that these bio-firms are appropriately scaled, locally owned and managed.

 

  1. We support funding for the Agricultural Products Utilization Committee.

 

  1. We support the State Mill and Elevator buying only domestic grain whenever possible.

 

  1. We oppose the introduction of genetically engineered fish until the ecological and health effects have been proven safe.

 

  1. We oppose the use of public funds by the North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture to seek out issues for possible litigation. Rather, if legitimate issues arise requiring litigation, such efforts should be led by the Attorney General and special funds allocated only as needed.

 

 

VI.             LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS

 

  1. We urge the 2021 North Dakota Legislature to enact measures that would require forfeiture of leases on the part of oil and gas companies that do not meet the bonus payment terms of a mineral lease.

 

  1. We call for reforming the state’s eminent domain law so that: (1) no state agency may exercise eminent domain solely on the grounds of economic development (increased tax base, tax revenues, employment, etc.); (2) no state agency can authorize eminent domain for a privately owned oil, gas, coal or carbon dioxide pipeline passing through the state – unless the pipeline exports North Dakota products or imports products for sale in North Dakota; (3) the ND Public Service Commission (PSC) is required, with the assistance of the ND Attorney General, to prepare and publish a guide outlining the rights of property owners facing possible eminent domain actions and to distribute this guide directly to all landowners and other residents and renters who may be subject to eminent domain; and (4) based upon complaints filed with the PSC by persons alleging the use of harassment, threat, intimidation, misrepresentation, deception, fraud or other unfair tactics by the person or people acquiring or attempting to acquire an easement, there is a process in place whereby the PSC may directly hear the complaints and take action such as imposing fines, voiding contracts or ordering compensation.

 

  1. We support strengthening North Dakota law to ensure that private property shall not be taken or damaged for private use without the consent of the owner.

 

 

VII.          CLEAN WATER & AIR – HUMAN MADE CLIMATE CHANGE

 

  1. We support science-based actions to reduce the threat of human made climate change, including legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a clean energy subsidy financed by a dirty energy tax, both set at the earliest possible stage of energy production or importation based on expected greenhouse emissions per thermal unit for an energy product, with the goal of no net change in the market price of overall energy, so as to address the economic, social and environmental threats of climate change.

 

  1. We oppose the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

 

  1. We support state and/or federal legislation that would require oil companies using the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to disclose the chemicals contained in the fracking fluid to the North Dakota Department of Health.

 

  1. We support the reduction of methane pollution by a more efficient regulation related to oil drilling and flaring.

 

  1. We support efforts by the ND Department of Environmental Quality to create a state implementation plan that will work for North Dakota and federal legislative efforts seeking a common-sense approach to EPA rulemaking under the Clean Air Act.

 

 

VIII.         TAXES

 

  1. We oppose any tax not necessary to reduce government debt or fulfill an essential and legitimate government function. Officials owe taxpayers efficiency, frugality, transparency and accountability in how they use government revenue.

 

  1. We seek a society in which increased earned income through productive work always yields increased net income after government taxes and

 

  1. We support wealthier people paying income tax at higher

 

  1. We support simplifying the tax code by eliminating, limiting or capping tax loopholes.

 

  1. We believe reducing the number of tax brackets does not make it easier to do taxes but instead usually creates work disincentives and regressive taxation.

 

  1. We support a sales tax exemption on prescription and OTC medications and feminine hygiene products.

 

  1. We support the expansion of tax incentives for renewable energy, with an emphasis on locally owned projects.

 

  1. We support exempting the most economically insecure people from state budget cuts wherever possible.

 

  1. We support a revision of the 2017 tax cut legislation so that it would restore the Affordable Care Act and no longer jeopardize Medicare and Social Security.

 

  1. We support reducing the national debt with little to no effect on Medicare and Social Security, and asking the wealthiest 2% to increase their share of the burden of achieving that goal.

 

 

IX.            INFRASTRUCTURE – FLOODING

 

 

  1. We support adequate infrastructure planning and funding for all areas of the state, including those impacted by flooding.

 

  1. We support protecting citizens, statewide, from the risk of flooding in the following ways: (1) flood-plain management that includes sensible use of the natural flood plain as a risk-reduction tool; (2) retention as a means of reducing the flood waters affecting a given population; and (3) construction of flood walls as needed.

 

 

X.              INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

 

  1. We oppose the use of extraordinary rendition under any circumstances and likewise reject any rationale related to the so-called war on terrorism for infringing the right of habeas corpus.

 

  1. We support the concept of “Net Neutrality” as we believe adequate internet access is a fundamental necessity in today’s society. All internet traffic should be treated equally without preference being set by internet service providers who may charge premiums or reduce speeds for certain types of content.

 

 

XI.            FOREIGN RELATIONS

 

  1. We oppose preventive military action and when or if war becomes necessary, our troops should only be deployed in adequate numbers, with adequate training and equipment, and with attainable and specific military goals.

 

  1. We oppose the use of torture and support the U.S. government following the Geneva Conventions and the U.S. becoming a signatory of the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

 

  1. We oppose the implementation of trade agreements or United States imposed tariffs if they negatively impact American jobs, do not address currency manipulation practices by other countries, or potentially reduce our nation’s sovereignty by allowing foreign powers to dictate U.S. law and policies through the World Trade Organization or other entities. Trade agreements should promote “fair” trade and not simply “free” trade. Additionally, existing trade agreements should be reviewed to ensure that American companies and citizens fairly benefit from the agreement.

 

  1. We believe military intervention to change or prop up another country’s form of government very rarely serves America’s interests, those peoples’ long-term interests or the interests of humanity.

 

  1. We oppose world government and recognize that carefully crafted international cooperation can benefit the United States, its people and the world.

 

  1. We oppose international agreements that sacrifice the interests of American workers to multinational corporations.

 

  1. Transparency should apply to agreements between governments, where possible.

 

  1. We invite all the world’s peoples to join us in peacefully promoting stronger governmental and social guarantees of religious liberty, including government not respecting an establishment of religion or restricting the free exercise thereof, and including the right to worship as one chooses.

 

XII.           NATURAL RESOURCES

 

  1. We oppose any attempt to eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or reduce its budget to such a level that it cannot adequately function or operate.

 

  1. We support a more comprehensive state policy on oil and gas drilling with respect to impacts on land, water, housing and other infrastructure.

 

  1. We oppose the government investing in and developing the infrastructure necessary to have our own natural gas and crude oil refining facilities.

 

  1. We do support continued efforts to ensure that the transport of gas and crude through the state is more environmentally secure and reliable and respectful of tribal and other property concerns.

 

  1. We generally oppose the state legislature providing cost sharing and incentives to build and extend natural gas supply and distribution lines to every community in our state.

 

  1. We do support production taxes whereby the costs to those who flare natural gas more closely match the science-based costs to society of flaring natural gas.

 

  1. We support improving the free market’s ability to secure profits for producers of renewable and less polluting energy resources.

 

  1. We support research into utility pricing that more fully rewards business and home consumers who practice energy efficient and decentralized production of non-polluting energy, such as through co-generation, insulation, passive solar, wind, etc. without sacrificing baseload capability.

 

  1. We ask the state legislature and Congress to significantly increase funding for research and development in new, cleaner and/or renewable fuels.

 

  1. We oppose government action to eliminate coal, oil or natural gas as energy sources and oppose eliminating environmentally and geologically responsible fracking. We also oppose any government preferences or subsidies for these methods over other energy products. We favor market-based solutions that incorporate more of the pollution costs of energy consumption into the pricing of energy production.

 

  1. We support a prohibition on oil and gas drilling on public-owned lands in the North Dakota badlands as well as implementation of an accountable review by appropriate state and federal agencies of every drilling permit application within two miles of places such as national and state parks, historic site, and wildlife refuges, to insure land use appropriate for neighboring land uses.

 

  1. We support increased oversight and enforcement of the laws on dumping of toxic and radioactive waste. Furthermore, we support the study of additional means of cataloguing, tracking, disposal, and containment of toxic and radioactive materials.

 

  1. We support the use of oil and other mineral extraction taxes to help fund state government and to build fiscal reserves during periods of strong commodity prices in order to help supplement state funding gaps during periods of lower commodity prices. It is important to maintain responsible fiscal management of these funds so as to not incur extreme budget imbalances. We support an oil extraction tax of at least 6.5%.

 

  1. We oppose additional energy pipelines until safety studies are fully completed and operations would fully comply with Federal Regulations.

 

XIII.         Small Businesses

 

  1. We seek out initiatives to lower the costs to small businesses of tax preparation, regulatory compliance, insurance, etc.

 

  1. We support initiatives that assist the creation of new small businesses.

 

  1. In general, we support small businesses having more lead time to achieve compliance with new government regulations.

 

  1. We oppose any government regulation or tax on small businesses not necessary to achieve a vital purpose that can be achieved through other means.

 

XIV.         EDUCATION

 

  1. We support a strong financing package for Pre-K through the University level.

 

  1. We are committed to strong state financial support allowing for a reduction in school property tax while at the same time allowing local school boards adequate authority to fund a basic education program.

 

  1. All children have the right to elementary education, with goals established by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. All children should receive elementary and secondary education, including the option of free, high-quality, public instruction. All North Dakota citizens who earn a North Dakota high school diploma should receive one year of free tuition and one year of half tuition (to be used over their lifetime) at a North Dakota University System institution for which they meet the admission standards.

 

  1. We strongly believe in local choice regarding education. The primary responsibility of the state government is insuring ample and fair funding consistent with equal opportunity as well as setting minimum core standards. The primary responsibility of the federal government is insuring compliance with constitutional requirements for equal treatment under the law. Encouraging, or if necessary conducting, research and demonstration in education are essential functions of both state and federal government.

 

  1. We support universal access to early childhood education and the expansion of Head Start.

 

  1. The provision of before-school and after-school learning programs should be at the discretion of school districts but state funding should account for this need.

 

  1. We support all children having consistent access to qualified school nurses.

 

  1. We support state funding so that the salaries of public elementary, secondary and post- secondary teachers are regionally and nationally competitive.

 

  1. Parents and guardians enjoy the right and responsibility for the religious instruction of their children, and the primary responsibility for moral education, with minimal government interference. While parents should be able to choose the form of education their children receive and while government should allow and fund some research into alternatives to public education as chosen by parents, funding those alternatives, except for the purpose of temporary research to improve public schools, is not an essential government function.

 

  1. Public school children should be allowed to engage or not to engage in voluntary prayer and voluntary religious expression in appropriate times and places during the school day, as long as those in public employment do not restrict First Amendment freedoms by publicly treating one form of religion more favorably than another. School children should not be restricted in their rights in appropriate times and places to acknowledge their Creator, the American flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence and the constitutions of the United States and North Dakota.

 

XV.          SECURITY FROM CRIME

 

  1. We recognize the necessity of adequate funding for police, soldiers, judges and similar public servants.

 

  1. We favor increased support of law enforcement through funding and professionalization including implicit bias and anti-racism training, to improve the safety of our communities, our persons, and our property.

 

XVI.         CHILDCARE

 

  1. We call on the government to scrutinize and reform where feasible any existing laws or regulations that impede the development of professional childcare services throughout North Dakota. Only if necessary, after that has been done, do we support partial subsidies of educational and training opportunities to child care workers, grants to licensed child care providers to assist with facilities and equipment, and, if necessary, child care vouchers for employed or job-seeking single parents.

 

 

XVII.       IMMIGRATION

 

  1. We support expanded legal immigration, with preference given to those who gain employment with a small business, while also tightening checks against criminality.

 

  1. We support punishment of adults who commit the crime of illegal immigration, up to and including imprisonment and deportation.

 

  1. We support improved border security based on practical evidence.

 

  1. We believe local law enforcement agencies should retain ultimate authority in deciding whether and how to cooperate with federal immigration officials in particular cases. Generally local authorities know best how to work with their communities.

 

  1. We support significant fines and potential prison terms for employers who knowingly fail to gather documentation of their workers’ authorization and call for stronger federal enforcement of such immigration and employment laws, especially in those states with labor intensive agriculture.

 

  1. While we generally support freedom of movement for labor, trade and capital, we recognize the need for careful government regulation of our borders. We oppose open borders.

 

  1. We oppose regulation of immigration based on race or religious affiliation.

 

  1. We support a law, not only executive actions, which offers a pathway to citizenship for those who were eligible under the DACA program.

 

 

XVIII.      INTERNAL DEM-NPL PARTY PRINCIPLES

 

  1. We support holding a policy briefing between candidates and party members who have promoted policies reflected in the party platform and resolutions after the state convention concludes.

 

  1. We support using platform/policy discussions to rejuvenate the party at the precinct level, with anyone who can speak to the issues being invited to take part in these meetings.

 

  1. We support holding a dedicated district meeting every six months, at which time platform/policy issues would be the featured topic. Furthermore, these meetings should be advertised as being free and open to the public and place on the calendar appearing on the state party’s website.

 

  1. We support revamping the state party website so that there will be the names and contact information of district officers.

 

  1. We support indexing by subject as a way to feature the party platform and resolutions on the state website so that interested parties can more easily navigate the document.

 

  1. We support developing a list of party members knowledgeable about policy specifics to serve as contacts for candidates who need briefing on specific issues.

District 24 Democratic-NPL 2020 Platform Approved at District Convention on January 26

The District 24 Democratic-NPL 2020 Platform was presented by the Platform Committee, discussed, and approved. Below is the full text of the approved 2020 District 24 Platform.

2020 District 24 Democratic-NPL Convention Principles and Resolutions

The members of District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party unite to work for equal opportunity, personal freedoms and limited government.

District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party supports the following principles:

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, PERSONAL FREEDOMS AND LIMITED GOVERNMENT

1.         We believe that all people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, chief among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that people create governments to secure these rights and that government gains legitimacy only from the consent of the governed.

2.         We believe in constitutionally limited government serving only those vital public purposes not met through other means.

3.         Officials should be freely and fairly elected or appointed by officials so elected, should govern transparently and should exercise authority only within constitutionally established limits.

4.         Rule of law and an independent judiciary are essential to constitutionally limited government and to personal freedom and equal opportunity.

5.         A legitimate government lacks the authority to treat people differently based on factors such as religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ancestral origins, political party or parental social status.

6.         We uphold personal responsibility in using freedoms and in people experiencing benefit or harm according to their personal choices.

7.         We support the civil and political rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities guaranteed in the United States and North Dakota constitutions.

8.         The equal freedom of all citizens should be unhindered by elementary ignorance and illiteracy, unimpaired by damage to them or their property by the actions of others without their consent, and unencumbered by crime, corruption or extreme concentrations of power.

9.         We believe in strong, fair and efficient enforcement of our constitutions, our laws and our national security and borders.

10.       Government fills its best and proper role without needing to interfere with private moral and religious choices by sustaining a society that rewards hard work, innovation, productivity, creativity, personal responsibility and obedience to law.

District 24 of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party supports the following resolutions:

I.          FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS AND LEGISLATIVE INTEGRITY

1.         We support efforts to reduce the influence of money in political campaigns and on our elected officials, including strong financial disclosure requirements for both candidates and parties before taking or resuming office.

2.         We support an election process free of procedural barriers that disenfranchise and discourage voters or particular classes of voters.

3.         We endorse requiring a paper trail to facilitate a transparent canvassing and recount process.

4.         We support a non-partisan redistricting commission that shall be responsible for drawing congressional and state legislative districts.

5.         We support legislation requiring legislators to carry out their functions transparently, with full disclosure of gifts received while in office; and with public access to the minutes of legislative proceedings.

6.         We support an effective and fair State Government ethics commission.

7.         We support a state law prohibiting the conversion of campaign funds for personal use.

II.         HELPING THE MOST ECONOMICALLY INSECURE

8.         We recognize that the income inequality gap has been widening for the past three decades and support local, state and federal policies that will reverse this trend. Extreme inequality can and does impinge personal liberty through factors such as concentrated power and the extreme economic and medical insecurity of one’s family.

9.         We support efforts to provide affordable housing for the citizens of North Dakota.

III.        WORKER PROTECTIONS

10.       We support passage of an Injured Workers Bill of Rights.

11.       We support increased availability for affordable and quality daycare.

12.       We support giving unemployment compensation to North Dakota workers who are locked out of their worksite.

13.       We support maintaining a defined benefit retirement plan for teachers and public employees, including police officers.

14.       We oppose any and all efforts to privatize Social Security or to undermine this important program.

15.       We support efforts to eliminate the cap on taxable earnings for Social Security taxes.

16.       We believe that all Americans deserve to earn a “living wage” defined as a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living. Each state should determine their living wage and use that as their minimum wage.

17.       We support protections for all workers not covered by worker’s compensation.

IV.        HEALTH

18.       We oppose any attempts to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.

19.       We support increased statewide access to Behavioral Health services, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction, especially opioids.

20.       We support policies to encourage serving local, fresh foods to K-12 students as a way of addressing the related epidemics of childhood obesity and diabetes.

21.       We strongly urge that all necessary steps be taken to ensure that veterans receive the health care and related services they need in a timely manner – particularly, those suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The veteran should be able to access necessary services at the facility closest to their home of record and we ask the North Dakota Congressional delegation to support this request at the national level.

22.       We, in keeping with the ND voters’ wishes as expressed at the ballot box in 2008 and in keeping with the originally-stated purpose of ND’s Tobacco Settlement negotiations, support continuing to invest the designated portion of those payments in the statewide tobacco

prevention/cessation program, “Saving Lives-Saving Money.”

23.       We support building on existing laws to improve health care affordability, to expand access to health care, and to expand health insurance overage especially for job-seekers and low-income households with the eventual goal of universal access to affordable health insurance.

24.       We support increasing support for regional and tribal addiction treatment centers and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

25.       We support making changes needed to reduce prescription drug cost and abuse in the state and nation.

26.       We support expanding the eligibility for North Dakota Healthy Steps and the State Children’s

Health Insurance Program (SCHIPS).

27.       We support continued state funding for stroke registry, training and public education.

28.       We support efforts to increase the proportion of people trained for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and regular progress until completion in placing the recently developed heart resuscitation devices in all frequently used public buildings.

29.       We support expansion of the Division of EMS administrative support and local matching grant program.

30.       We support state funding for EMS training grants and paramedic student loan forgiveness for citizens willing to serve in a rural community.

31.       We support medically accurate sexual health education in schools, with a goal of reducing unwanted pregnancies.

32.       We support the establishment of a Medicaid Fraud Unit in the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

33.       We support providing health benefits and Workman Compensation Insurance to volunteer firefighters and emergency responders.

34.       We support the legislation to have medicinal marijuana ready for usage by those in medical need and following provisions of the legislation.

35.       We support restoring full funding of the Independent Living Program sponsored by the Open Door Center.

V.         FARMING – SAFE FOOD SUPPLY

36.       We support research and development in our land grant universities of Non-GMO crops to assure Non-GMO seed availability for the future.

37.       We support public breeding of bioengineered crops that have resulted from marker-assisted technologies identifying desirable traits within one species, especially when the end products further reduce the monopolistic control of the food system by corporations.

38.       We support family held ownership of farms. We support upholding the anti-corporate farming laws that limit corporate ownership of farms to family held entities.

39.       We support policies to expedite the development of bio-firms whose purpose is to supply sustainable, bio-based agricultural inputs to farmers and ranchers, given that these bio-firms are appropriately scaled, locally owned and managed.

40.       We support funding for the Agricultural Products Utilization Committee.

41.       We support the State Mill and Elevator buying only domestic grain whenever possible.

42.       We oppose the introduction of genetically engineered fish until the ecological and health effects have been proven safe.

43.       We oppose the use of public funds by the North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture to seek out issues for possible litigation. Rather, if legitimate issues arise requiring litigation, such efforts should be led by the Attorney General and special funds allocated only as needed.

VI.        LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS

44.       We urge the 2021 North Dakota Legislature to enact measures that would require forfeiture of leases on the part of oil and gas companies that do not meet the bonus payment terms of a mineral lease.

45.       We call for reforming the state’s eminent domain law so that: (1) no state agency may exercise eminent domain solely on the grounds of economic development (increased tax base, tax revenues, employment, etc.); (2) no state agency can authorize eminent domain for a privately owned oil, gas, coal or carbon dioxide pipeline passing through the state – unless the pipeline exports North Dakota products or imports products for sale in North Dakota; (3) the ND Public Service Commission (PSC) is required, with the assistance of the ND Attorney General, to prepare and publish a guide outlining the rights of property owners facing possible eminent domain actions and to distribute this guide directly to all landowners and other residents and renters who may be subject to eminent domain; and (4) based upon complaints filed with the PSC by persons alleging the use of harassment, threat, intimidation, misrepresentation, deception, fraud or other unfair tactics by the person or people acquiring or attempting to acquire an easement, there is a process in place whereby the PSC may directly hear the complaints and take action such as imposing fines, voiding contracts or ordering compensation.

46.       We support strengthening North Dakota law to ensure that private property shall not be taken or damaged for private use without the consent of the owner.

VII.       CLEAN WATER & AIR – HUMAN MADE CLIMATE CHANGE

47.       We support science-based actions to reduce the threat of human made climate change, including legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a clean energy subsidy financed by a dirty energy tax, both set at the earliest possible stage of energy production or importation based on expected greenhouse emissions per thermal unit for an energy product, with the goal of no net change in the market price of overall energy, so as to address the economic, social and environmental threats of climate change.

48.       We oppose the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

49.       We support state and/or federal legislation that would require oil companies using the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to disclose the chemicals contained in the fracking fluid to the North Dakota Department of Health.

50.       We support the reduction of methane pollution by a more efficient regulation related to oil drilling and flaring.

51.       We support efforts by the ND Department of Environmental Quality to create a state implementation plan that will work for North Dakota and federal legislative efforts seeking a common-sense approach to EPA rulemaking under the Clean Air Act.

VIII.      TAXES

52.       We oppose any tax not necessary to reduce government debt or fulfill an essential and legitimate government function. Officials owe taxpayers efficiency, frugality, transparency and accountability in how they use government revenue.

53.       We seek a society in which increased earned income through productive work always yields increased net income after government taxes and subsidies.

54.       We support wealthier people paying income tax at higher rates.

55.       We support simplifying the tax code by eliminating, limiting or capping tax loopholes.

56.       We believe reducing the number of tax brackets does not make it easier to do taxes but instead usually creates work disincentives and regressive taxation.

57.       We support a sales tax exemption on prescription and OTC medications and feminine hygiene products.

58.       We support the expansion of tax incentives for renewable energy, with an emphasis on locally owned projects.

59.       We support exempting the most economically insecure people from state budget cuts wherever possible.

60.       We support a revision of the 2017 tax cut legislation so that it would restore the Affordable Care Act and no longer jeopardize Medicare and Social Security.

61.       We support reducing the national debt with little to no effect on Medicare and Social Security, and asking the wealthiest 2% to increase their share of the burden in achieving that goal.

IX.        INFRASTRUCTURE – FLOODING

62.       We support adequate infrastructure planning and funding for all areas of the state, including those impacted by flooding.

63.       We support protecting citizens, statewide, from the risk of flooding in the following ways: (1) flood-plain management that includes sensible use of the natural flood plain as a risk-reduction tool; (2) retention as a means of reducing the flood waters affecting a given population; and (3) construction of flood walls as needed.

X.         INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

64.       We oppose the use of extraordinary rendition under any circumstances and likewise reject any rationale related to the so-called war on terrorism for infringing the right of habeas corpus.

65.       We support the concept of “Net Neutrality” as we believe adequate internet access is a fundamental necessity in today’s society. All internet traffic should be treated equally without preference being set by internet service providers who may charge premiums or reduce speeds for certain types of content.

XI.        FOREIGN RELATIONS

66.       We oppose preventive military action and when or if war becomes necessary, our troops should only be deployed in adequate numbers, with adequate training and equipment, and with attainable and specific military goals.

67.       We oppose the use of torture and support the U.S. government following the Geneva Conventions and the U.S. becoming a signatory of the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

68.       We oppose the implementation of trade agreements or United States imposed tariffs if they negatively impact American jobs, do not address currency manipulation practices by other countries, or potentially reduce our nation’s sovereignty by allowing foreign powers to dictate U.S. law and policies through the World Trade Organization or other entities. Trade agreements should promote “fair” trade and not simply “free” trade. Additionally, existing trade agreements should be reviewed to ensure that American companies and citizens fairly benefit from the agreement.

69.       We believe military intervention to change or prop up another country’s form of government very rarely serves America’s interests, those peoples’ long-term interests or the interests of humanity.

70.       We oppose world government and recognize that carefully crafted international cooperation can benefit the United States, its people and the world.

71.       We oppose international agreements that sacrifice the interests of American workers to multinational corporations.

72.       Transparency should apply to agreements between governments, where possible.

73.       We invite all the world’s peoples to join us in peacefully promoting stronger governmental and social guarantees of religious liberty, including government not respecting an establishment of religion or restricting the free exercise thereof, and including the right to worship as one chooses.

XII.       NATURAL RESOURCES

74.       We oppose any attempt to eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or reduce its budget to such a level that it cannot adequately function or operate.

75.       We support a more comprehensive state policy on oil and gas drilling with respect to impacts on land, water, housing and other infrastructure.

76.       We oppose the government investing in and developing the infrastructure necessary to have our own natural gas and crude oil refining facilities.

77.       We do support continued efforts to ensure that the transport of gas and crude through the state is more environmentally secure and reliable and respectful of tribal and other property concerns.

78.       We generally oppose the state legislature providing cost sharing and incentives to build and extend natural gas supply and distribution lines to every community in our state.

79.       We do support production taxes whereby the costs to those who flare natural gas more closely match the science-based costs to society of flaring natural gas.

80.       We support improving the free market’s ability to secure profits for producers of renewable and less polluting energy resources.

81.       We support research into utility pricing that more fully rewards business and home consumers who practice energy efficient and decentralized production of non-polluting energy, such as through co-generation, insulation, passive solar, wind, etc. without sacrificing baseload capability.

82.       We ask the state legislature and Congress to significantly increase funding for research and development in new, cleaner and/or renewable fuels.

83.       We oppose government action to eliminate coal, oil or natural gas as energy sources and oppose eliminating environmentally and geologically responsible fracking. We also oppose any government preferences or subsidies for these methods over other energy products. We favor market-based solutions that incorporate more of the pollution costs of energy consumption into the pricing of energy production.

84.       We support a prohibition on oil and gas drilling on public-owned lands in the North Dakota badlands as well as implementation of an accountable review by appropriate state and federal agencies of every drilling permit application within two miles of places such as national and state parks, historic site, and wildlife refuges, to insure land use appropriate for neighboring land uses.

85.       We support increased oversight and enforcement of the laws on dumping of toxic and radioactive waste. Furthermore, we support the study of additional means of cataloguing, tracking, disposal, and containment of toxic and radioactive materials.

86.       We support the use of oil and other mineral extraction taxes to help fund state government and to build fiscal reserves during periods of strong commodity prices in order to help supplement state funding gaps during periods of lower commodity prices. It is important to maintain responsible fiscal management of these funds so as to not incur extreme budget imbalances. We support an oil extraction tax of at least 6.5%.

87.       We oppose additional energy pipelines until safety studies are fully completed and operations would fully comply with Federal regulations.

XIII.      SMALL BUSINESSES

88.       We seek out initiatives to lower the costs to small businesses of tax preparation, regulatory compliance, insurance, etc.

89.       We support initiatives that assist the creation of new small businesses.

90.       In general, we support small businesses having more lead time to achieve compliance with new government regulations.

91.       We oppose any government regulation or tax on small businesses not necessary to achieve a vital purpose that can be achieved through other means.

XIV.     EDUCATION

92.       We support a strong financing package for Pre-K through the University level.

93.       We are committed to strong state financial support allowing for a reduction in school property tax while at the same time allowing local school boards adequate authority to fund a basic education program.

94.       All children have the right to elementary education, with goals established by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. All children should receive elementary and secondary education, including the option of free, high-quality, public instruction. All North Dakota citizens who earn a North Dakota high school diploma should receive one year of free tuition and one year of half tuition (to be used over their lifetime) at a North Dakota University System institution for which they meet the admission standards.

95.       We strongly believe in local choice regarding education. The primary responsibility of the state government is insuring ample and fair funding consistent with equal opportunity as well as setting minimum core standards. The primary responsibility of the federal government is insuring compliance with constitutional requirements for equal treatment under the law. Encouraging, or if necessary conducting, research and demonstration in education are essential functions of both state and federal government.

96.       We support universal access to early childhood education and the expansion of Head Start.

97.       The provision of before-school and after-school learning programs should be at the discretion of school districts but state funding should account for this need.

98.       We support all children having consistent access to qualified school nurses.

99.       We support state funding so that the salaries of public elementary, secondary and post- secondary teachers are regionally and nationally competitive.

100.     Parents and guardians enjoy the right and responsibility for the religious instruction of their children, and the primary responsibility for moral education, with minimal government interference. While parents should be able to choose the form of education their children receive and while government should allow and fund some research into alternatives to public education as chosen by parents, funding those alternatives, except for the purpose of temporary research to improve public schools, is not an essential government function.

101.     Public school children should be allowed to engage or not to engage in voluntary prayer and voluntary religious expression in appropriate times and places during the school day, as long as those in public employment do not restrict First Amendment freedoms by publicly treating one form of religion more favorably than another. School children should not be restricted in their rights in appropriate times and places to acknowledge their Creator, the American flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence and the constitutions of the United States and North Dakota.

XV.      SECURITY FROM CRIME

102.     We recognize the necessity of adequate funding for police, soldiers, judges and similar public servants.

103.     We favor increased support of law enforcement through funding and professionalization including implicit bias and anti-racism training, to improve the safety of our communities, our persons, and our property.

XVI.     CHILDCARE

104.     We call on the government to scrutinize and reform where feasible any existing laws or regulations that impede the development of professional childcare services throughout North Dakota. Only if necessary, after that has been done, do we support partial subsidies of educational and training opportunities to child care workers, grants to licensed child care providers to assist with facilities and equipment, and, if necessary, child care vouchers for employed or job-seeking single parents.

XVII.    IMMIGRATION

105.     We support expanded legal immigration, with preference given to those who gain employment with a small business, while also tightening checks against criminality.

106.     We support improved border security based on practical evidence.

107.     We believe local law enforcement agencies should retain ultimate authority in deciding whether and how to cooperate with federal immigration officials in particular cases. Generally local authorities know best how to work with their communities.

108.     We support significant fines and potential prison terms for employers who knowingly fail to gather documentation of their workers’ authorization and call for stronger federal enforcement of such immigration and employment laws, especially in those states with labor intensive agriculture.

109.     While we generally support freedom of movement for labor, trade and capital, we recognize the need for careful government regulation of our borders. We oppose open borders.

110.     We oppose regulation of immigration based on race or religious affiliation.

111.     We support legislation, not only executive actions, which offers a pathway to citizenship for those who were eligible under the DACA program.

XVIII.   INTERNAL DEM-NPL PARTY PRINCIPLES

112.     We support holding a policy briefing between candidates and party members who have promoted policies reflected in the party platform and resolutions after the state convention concludes.

113.     We support using platform/policy discussions to rejuvenate the party at the precinct level, with anyone who can speak to the issues being invited to take part in these meetings.

114.     We support holding a dedicated district meeting every six months, at which time platform/policy issues would be the featured topic. Furthermore, these meetings should be advertised as being free and open to the public and place on the calendar appearing on the state party’s website.

115.     We support revamping the state party website so that there will be the names and contact information of district officers.

116.     We support indexing by subject as a way to feature the party platform and resolutions on the state website so that interested parties can more easily navigate the document.

117.     We support developing a list of party members knowledgeable about policy specifics to serve as contacts for candidates who need briefing on specific issues.

Bradley Edin to run as Dem-NPL Candidate for State Representative in District 24

Bradley Edin is a life-long resident of North Dakota, and has lived in District 24 for the past 23 years.  He retired in 2019 after serving 35 years as a Lutheran pastor, most recently (since 1997) as pastor of the Kathryn and Nome-Fingal Lutheran parishes.  He lives on the family farm (which celebrates its one-hundredth anniversary this year), where he maintains a small sheep enterprise.

    From Edin:

    I come to this campaign with no agenda, except a conviction that government is a good thing, and that we accomplish together many things no one can do alone.  Good roads, excellent schools, police and fire protection, human services—we all expect and depend on such things, but none of them happens by accident.  They happen because we work together.

            A good representative is someone who listens, is available, is transparent, and is committed to the hardwork of understanding the needs of our district and state, and helping fashion ways to meet these needs.  A good representative is also a person of integrity and good judgment.  I commit myself to being this kind of legislator.

            Infrastructure, water, the environment, property taxes, corrections, human services are big concerns for North Dakota, b ut they are abstractions.  What they point to are roads and bridges, drinking water and flood control, clean air and abundant wildlife, fair and adequate taxation, law enforcement and prisons, but above all to human beings.  Our neighbors.   Each other.  The people who make this state such a great place to live.

            I want to have a part in serving this state which we love, and which has always been my home, as a member of the next legislative assembly.  I ask for your support in my campaign for the state House of Representatives in the primary and in the general election this fall.

Bradley Edin

Naomi Muscha announces intent to run as candidate for District 24 Legislative Representative

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Naomi Muscha, a resident of Fort Ransom, has announced her intentions to run as a candidate for a position as one of District 24’s legislative representatives. A retired secondary teacher, Naomi has long been interested in education. Now as a grandmother, she has a newly invested interest in North Dakota’s educational system three of her 15 grandchildren attend North Dakota public schools and two are students in North Dakota’s university system, UND and VCSU. Since retirement, Naomi has occasionally been a substitute teacher in Enderlin, Lisbon and Fort Ransom, keeping her abreast of current issues. She is a strong proponent of having an attitude of life-long learning, especially in the area of travel. She has participated in many mission trips, student trips and several personal trips.

Naomi and her husband, Mike, have now lived in Fort Ransom for one year after previously being Enderlin residents for 43 years. They are the parents of four grown children. Naomi previously served as a District 24 Representative during the 2012-2016 legislative term and is once again looking forward to meeting with district constituents and hearing their thoughts on North Dakota/District 24 issues.