News and Updates
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!
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
DRAFT TO BE VOTED ON AT CONVENTION
2024 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
- 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.
- We believe in the separation of church and state, and in constitutionally-limited government serving only those vital public purposes not met through other means.
- 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.
- Rule of law and an independent judiciary are essential to constitutionally limited government and to personal freedom and equal opportunity.
- 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.
- We support the civil and political rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities guaranteed in the United States and North Dakota constitutions.
- We believe in strong, fair and efficient enforcement of our constitutions, our laws and our national security and borders.
- Government fills its best and proper role without needing to interfere with private moral and religious choices; and 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
- 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.
- We support an election process free of procedural barriers that disenfranchise and discourage voters or particular classes of voters.
- We endorse requiring a paper trail to facilitate a transparent canvassing and recount process.
- We support a non-partisan redistricting commission that shall be responsible for drawing congressional and state legislative districts.
- 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.
- We support an effective and fair State Government ethics commission.
- We support a state law prohibiting the conversion of campaign funds for personal use.
- We affirm our support for Home Rule.
II. HELPING THE MOST ECONOMICALLY INSECURE
- 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 on personal liberty through factors such as concentrated power and the extreme economic and medical insecurity of one’s family.
- We support efforts to provide affordable housing for the citizens of North Dakota.
- We support efforts to eliminate food deserts in ND and efforts to make healthy food available to all.
III. WORKER PROTECTIONS
- We support passage of an Injured Workers Bill of Rights.
- We support increased availability of affordable and quality daycare.
- We support reinstating a defined benefit retirement plan for teachers and public employees, including police officers.
- We oppose any and all efforts to privatize Social Security or to undermine this important program.
- 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.
- We oppose any attempts to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.
- We support increased statewide access to Behavioral Health services, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction, especially opioids.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each year ND takes in more than $25 million in tobacco-company settlement payments. In keeping with the originally-stated purpose of the settlement negotiations, we support investing at least half of these dollars in public health at the local level, to include funding for proven-effective tobacco prevention initiatives (not exclusively cessation), and funding for desperately needed behavioral healthcare/treatment.
- We support building on existing laws to improve health care affordability, to expand access to health care, and to expand health insurance coverage especially for job-seekers and low-income households, with the eventual goal of universal health care.
- We support increasing support for regional and tribal addiction treatment centers and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
- We support making changes needed to reduce prescription drug cost and abuse in the state and nation.
- We support expanding the eligibility for North Dakota Healthy Steps and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIPS).
- We support continued state funding for stroke registry, training and public education.
- 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.
- We support state funding for EMS training grants and paramedic student loan forgiveness for citizens willing to serve in a rural community.
- We support medically accurate sexual health education in schools, with a goal of reducing unwanted pregnancies and sexually-transmitted diseases.
- We support the establishment of a Medicaid Fraud Unit in the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
- We support providing health benefits and Workman Compensation Insurance to volunteer firefighters and emergency responders.
- We support restoring full funding of the Independent Living Program sponsored by the Open Door Center.
- We support the implementation of CDC-recommended guidelines to mitigate health crises in our country. We oppose governmental efforts to counter or ban CDC health measures.
- We support the continuation of the equalization of rates system in nursing facilities, keeping Medicaid and self-pay rates the same.
- We support individuals’ rights to make personal choices related to their own healthcare without government interference.
- We support policies that eliminate prejudice against the LGBTQ+ community.
- We support financial assistance for those training in mental healthcare fields of study.
V. FARMING – SAFE FOOD SUPPLY
- We support research and development in our land grant universities of Non-GMO crops to assure Non-GMO seed availability for the future.
- 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.
- We support funding for the Agricultural Products Utilization Committee.
- We support the State Mill and Elevator buying only domestic grain whenever possible.
- 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.
- We support the timely adoption of a 2024 Farm Bill that would provide farmers and ranchers with a strong, stable safety net, adequate protection from natural disasters and farmer-friendly conservation practices.
- We encourage the development of programs that support local foods production and processing.
VI. LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS
- 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.
- 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
- We support science-based actions to reduce human made climate change so as to address the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change.
- We support the United States’ participation in the Paris Climate Accord.
- 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.
- We support the reduction of methane pollution by a more efficient regulation related to oil drilling and flaring.
- 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.
- We support local control, not state mandates, over the permitting and placement of any Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s/factory farms).
- 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.
- We seek a society in which increased earned income through productive work always yields increased net income after government taxes and subsidies.
- We support wealthier people paying income tax at higher rates.
- We support simplifying the tax code by eliminating, limiting or capping tax loopholes.
- We oppose reducing the number of income tax brackets.
- We support a sales tax exemption on prescription and OTC medications and feminine hygiene products.
- We support the expansion of tax incentives for renewable energy, with an emphasis on locally owned projects.
- We support exempting the most economically insecure people from the impacts of state budget cuts wherever possible.
- 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.
- We support a more balanced tax structure that doesn’t rely so heavily on property taxes to fund government services. However, we oppose the total elimination of property taxes.
- We oppose providing any taxpayers’ dollars for private schools.
- We support reinstating the trigger tax on North Dakota oil.
- We support removing the tax break given to oil companies for re-fracking wells.
- We support efforts to eliminate the cap on taxable earnings for Social Security taxes.
IX. INFRASTRUCTURE – FLOODING
- We support adequate infrastructure planning and funding for all areas of the state, including those impacted by flooding.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- We support allowing libraries and library boards to choose the reading materials and the materials’ location in their libraries without government censorship.
XI. FOREIGN RELATIONS
- 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.
- We oppose the use of torture and support the U.S. government’s following of the Geneva Conventions and the U.S. becoming a signatory of the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
- 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, farms, and citizens fairly benefit from the agreement.
- 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.
- We oppose world government and recognize that carefully crafted international cooperation can benefit the United States, its people and the world.
- We oppose international agreements that sacrifice the interests of American workers to multinational corporations.
- Transparency should apply to agreements between governments, where possible.
- We invite all the world’s peoples to join us in peacefully promoting stronger governmental and social guarantees of religious liberty.
XII. NATURAL RESOURCES
- 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.
- We support a more comprehensive state policy on oil and gas drilling with respect to impacts on land, water, housing and other infrastructure.
- We oppose the government investing in and developing the infrastructure necessary to have our own natural gas and crude oil refining facilities.
- We 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.
- We 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.
- We support production taxes whereby the costs to those who flare natural gas match the science-based costs to society of flaring natural gas.
- We support improving the free market’s ability to secure profits for producers of renewable and less-polluting energy resources.
- 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.
- We ask the state legislature and Congress to significantly increase funding for research and development in new, cleaner and/or renewable fuels.
- We oppose any government preferences or subsidies for coal, oil, or natural gas over other energy products.
- We support a prohibition on oil and gas drilling on public-owned lands in the North Dakota Badlands. We also support 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 sites, and wildlife refuges, to ensure that land use is environmentally appropriate.
- 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.
- 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%.
- We oppose additional energy pipelines until safety studies are fully completed and operations would fully comply with Federal regulations.
XIII. SMALL BUSINESSES
- We seek out initiatives to lower the costs to small businesses of tax preparation, regulatory compliance, insurance, etc.
- We support initiatives that assist the creation of new small businesses.
- In general, we support small businesses having more lead time to achieve compliance with new government regulations.
- We oppose any government regulation or tax on small businesses not necessary to achieve a vital purpose.
- We support strong financial support for public education from Pre-K through the University level.
- 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 public education program.
- 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.
- 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 ensuring compliance with constitutional requirements for equal treatment under the law.
- We support universal access to early childhood education and the expansion of Head Start.
- 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.
- We support all children having consistent access to qualified school nurses.
- We support state funding so that the salaries of public elementary, secondary and post- secondary teachers are regionally and nationally competitive.
- 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, funding alternatives, except for temporary research to improve public schools, is not an essential government function and should not be supported with tax dollars.
- 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.
- We support teaching history in public schools that accurately and fairly represents American history.
- We support the work of our public-school teachers and supports staff. We believe that our teachers are highly qualified and should be allowed to teach without political interference.
- We support state funding of school meals for all public-school students in grades K-12.
XV. SECURITY FROM CRIME
- We recognize the necessity of adequate funding for police, soldiers, judges and similar public servants.
- We favor increased support of law enforcement through funding and professionalization, including science-based training proven to improve the safety of our communities, our persons, and our property.
- We support efforts to make ND a safe place to live for all people, with special emphasis on the vulnerable in our society. We also support strong criminal penalties for hate crime offenses, including those based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, religion, or disability.
- We support laws that make it a crime to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess semiautomatic assault weapons or large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
- We call on the government to proactively expand the availability of childcare throughout North Dakota.
- We support expanded legal immigration, while also tightening checks against criminality.
- We support improved border security based on practical evidence.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We oppose regulation of immigration based on race or religious affiliation.
- We support legislation, not only executive actions, which offers a pathway to citizenship for those who were eligible under the DACA program.
- We support legislation and revisions to the immigration system which result in a more humane and efficient system.
- We support efforts to make changes to work visa laws and systems in order to shorten the time those coming to our country have to wait to enter the workforce.
- We support efforts in ND to make the state a safe and welcoming place for immigrants, migrants, and refugees to resettle.
XVIII. INTERNAL DEM-NPL PARTY PRINCIPLES
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 placed on the calendar appearing on the state party’s website.
- We support revamping the state party website so that there will be the names and contact information of district officers.
- 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.
- We support developing a list of party members knowledgeable about policy specifics to serve as contacts for candidates who need briefing on specific issues.
We at District 24 Dem-NPL are updating our bylaws. Take a look at the draft and come by tonight (May 10) for their final adoption at the District Meeting for May. Come for the juicy bylaw conversations, stay for the great work and service all of us at the Dem-NPL can do for our district.
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