News Clips 7.30.2014

Dem-NPL News:
Chron: Sen. Heitkamp Confident In New VA Secretary Pick
Press Release: Heitkamp Announces Federal Funds To Help Combat Violence Against Women And Children In ND
State and National News:
Pioneer Press: In North Dakota, It’s Oil vs. Cattle. Oil Is Winning
Wahpeton Daily News: BNSF Reaches New Rail Deal (Sen. Heitkamp)
World News: Hoeven Congratulates Fargo For Taking Top Spot On Forbes List Of Best Small Places For Business and Careers
Washington Examiner: Natural Gas Exports Will Have To Wait Until September (Sen. Hoeven)
WDAZ: Over $30,000 …

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George Sinner Proposes “No Work, No Pay” Initiative

(BISMARCK, ND) — State Senator and U.S. House Dem-NPL nominee, George Sinner announced his “No Work, No Pay” initiative today in Bismarck.

“It’s time for Congress to play by the same rules as every other hard working North Dakotan. That is why I am proposing the “No Work, No Pay” initiative,” said Sinner.

“When service members are being furloughed and citizens are struggling to make ends meet, but members of Congress, like Kevin Cramer, continue collecting a paycheck and enjoying the perks of Washington, a line has …

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Sinner Outraises Cramer Again, Continues Momentum for N.D. Democrats

(BISMARCK, ND) – North Dakota Democratic-NPL nominee for U.S. House, George Sinner, outraised Rep. Kevin Cramer again this period, continuing the great momentum from the North Dakota Democratic-NPL ticket this year.

“North Dakotans are tired of the partisanship and are ready for balance,” said North Dakota Democratic-NPL Executive Director Chad Oban. “The last legislative session was a clear indicator of what happens when one side holds a supermajority and loses focus on the real needs of the people. This obstructionist approach has been adopted and implemented …

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Astrup proposes “Saluting Their Service” tax cut for active duty military and veterans

(FARGO, ND) — Jason Astrup, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL endorsed candidate for Tax Commissioner, called on the North Dakota Legislature to enact an income tax exclusion for all active-duty and retired military service members who reside in North Dakota.

Astrup’s “Saluting Their Service Tax Cut” would provide an income tax exclusion for any portion of an active-duty military service member’s benefits and pay that are taxable on the taxpayer’s federal tax return, as well as an exclusion for any retirement benefits that are taxable on the …

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Chairman Valeu’s statement on the passing of former party chairman Larry Erickson

(BISMARCK, ND – JULY 16, 2014) – North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party chairman Bob Valeu released the following statement today on the passing of long-time party leader, Larry Erickson, who died last week at the age of 83.

“With the passing of Larry Erickson the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party has lost one of its most dedicated, thoughtful, and colorful leaders. Our party’s family extends our heartfelt sympathies to Larry’s wife, Claryce, and their family.

“Larry was present at the creation when the Democratic Party merged with the Non-Partisan …

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Axness, Reisenauer introduce RAILS Plan to address rail congestion, improve safety, modernize infrastructure

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 15, 2014 – FARGO, ND) – Saying that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has failed to adequately address railroad access and safety concerns, PSC candidates Tyler Axness and Todd Reisenauer announced today their plan to incentivize rail infrastructure investment and modernize the state’s rail system to deal with increased traffic and safety concerns.

Axness and Reisenauer unveiled their “RAILS Plan” today at a news conference in Fargo in Cass County, which is the most heavily trafficked county when it comes to rail …

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Axness and Reisenauer: “Summer of Spills” highlights PSC failures, confirms need for V.I.P. Plan

(FARGO, ND – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 9, 2014) – Since May 21 there have been at least 14 publicly reported incidents involving oil and saltwater spills throughout western North Dakota. Twelve (12) of those incidents were the results of pipeline leaks or pipe and valve failures, with yesterday’s pipeline spill on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation releasing brine (saltwater) into the Missouri River. Details of these spills, as provided by the North Dakota Department of Health, are as follows:

Brine spill near Mandaree on …

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Fairfield questions 22-year incumbent Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s “judgment and competence”

Secretary of State candidate April Fairfield says implementation of new Voter ID law shows lack of leadership, independence, and consistency in 22-year incumbent Al Jaeger’s management of Secretary of State’s office.

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 8, 2014 – BISMARCK, ND) –North Dakota Secretary of State candidate April Fairfield said today that Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s response to last week’s letters from the ACLU and Fargo-based nonprofit Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living in unacceptable, but inevitable based on the Secretary of State’s inconsistent application of …

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