Despite trouble, conservation revenue backers paying petitioners again

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

PAID PETITIONING: North Dakotans for Clean Water Wildlife and Parks, a coalition of interests backing a ballot measure to divert oil tax revenues to conservation projects, is using paid petition circulators again even after getting burned by signature fraud in the 2012 election cycle.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — A coalition backing a ballot measure to divert oil revenue to conservation, stung by signature fraud two years ago, is again looking to hire petitioners.
A posting on North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks’ Facebook page links to a Craigslist ad for a position in Grand Forks for [...]

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ND may see as many as seven initiated measures on November ballot

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

BUSY BALLOTS: North Dakota voters will have a particularly busy year considering a number of ballot measures. The June primary ballot has one measure approved, while the November ballot has four and may see as many as three more that are still being circulated.

The 2014 election year may be a particularly busy one for voters, as the November ballot features perhaps as many as seven initiated measures that must be decided.

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Ads market energy drinks to food stamps recipients

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

EBT APPROVED: This sign hanging on the side of a convenience store in Fargo, North Dakota, advertises a popular energy drink as eligible for purchase with an Electronic Benefits Transfer card, which are used to distribute food stamps benefits.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
FARGO, N.D. — A new marketing ploy to push energy drinks to those shopping with government-issued Electronic Benefits Transfer cards is catching the eye of North Dakota consumers, and the tactic even surprises those who work in the retail industry.
A sign hanging on the outside of a Stop-N-Go on South [...]

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Late start hurts fundraising for ND House candidate George Sinner

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

DELAY STINGS: After a late start to his 2014 campaign for the US House, North Dakota Democrat George Sinner has raised less than $40,000 for his campaign through March.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — The first 2014 fundraising numbers posted on the Federal Election Commission website show a big disparity between North Dakota’s two House candidates.
Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican, has the advantage of incumbency, having raised money for 2014 since he won re-election in 2012. That’s evident in the [...]

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Kansas City shooting suspect says he’s a ‘proud terrorist’

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Kansas, Missouri, National, North Dakota  /  No Comments

RACIST FRIENDS: Frazier Glenn Miller, accused of killing three people at a Jewish community center in Kansas City, has described himself as a "friend" of notorious North Dakota white supremacist Craig Cobb.

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
FARGO, N.D. — Frazier Glenn Miller, AKA Frazier Glenn Cross, didn’t often hide his feelings.
Miller,  accused of shootings at a Jewish community center in Kansas City that left three dead, called a talk radio show in Fargo last year to support North Dakota white supremacist Craig Cobb and described [...]

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