Politics / Elections

Senator Tina Smith hopes Minnesota will lead in renewable energy

"As we think about what direction we're going with renewable fuels and clean energy, we can either lead or we can follow."

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Senator Tina Smith is discussing plans to get Minnesota ahead in helping the nation lead through clean energy. Her plans involve getting the state to lead in a clean energy transition using renewable energy. Smith says the transition will help with the creation of jobs as well as helping keep utility prices stable, while also creating further…

Cramer to host EPA administrator visit next week

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan will visit North Dakota next week. Sen. Kevin Cramer is hosting the visit.  Cramer says Regan will participate in a “listening session” on June 3 in Bismarck. The trip will also include a visit to Mandan. Cramer, who voted in favor of Regan’s confirmation, says it’s an honor to have Regan…

Minnesota leaders agree on $52 billion budget bill

Governor Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman say this is a win for all Minnesotans, Democrats, and Republicans.

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — Minnesota lawmakers working down to the wire on the next budget bill. Lawmakers agreeing on a 52 billion dollar bill for the state’s economy for the next two years. Governor Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman say this is a win for all Minnesotans, Democrats and Republicans. “We made the commitment…

Supreme Court will consider major abortion rights case

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a major rollback of abortion rights, saying it will take up Mississippi’s bid to enforce a 15-week ban on abortion. The court’s order Monday sets up a showdown over abortion, probably in the fall, with a more conservative court apparently ready to dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion…

ND governor seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — Governor Doug Burgum announces an effort to make North Dakota carbon-neutral by the end of the 2030. The announcement came at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. Burgum says the state could gain an advantage by storing carbon by creating an enhanced oil recovery plan with carbon. Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum…

Recreational marijuana bill expected to pass Minnesota House Thursday

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — A recreational marijuana bill is expected to pass in the Minnesota House Thursday in a full floor vote. The bill aims to legalize and regulate cannabis for adult use in the state. If it becomes law, Minnesotans 21 years and older would be allowed to buy, have and use marijuana. The bill also calls for expunging criminal…

Gov. Burgum vetoes penalizing state colleges over abortions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has partially vetoed a bill aimed at penalizing the state’s 11 colleges and universities for funneling federal grant money to individuals or organizations that promote or perform abortions. Burgum said in his veto message late Friday that the sanctions are “problematic.” He vetoed the portion of the bill that contains the…

North Dakota Dem-NPL elects Patrick Hart as new chair

Hart is a small business owner living in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — Dem-NPL leaders from across North Dakota elected Patrick Hart to serve as the new State Party Chair on Saturday. Hart is a small business owner living in Bismarck. He previously served as the Dem-NPL Vice Chair. Vice Chair Kari Breker, DNC Committeeman Adam Goldwyn, Treasurer Tracey Wilkie, and Secretary Birgit Pruess were also elected. “Together, we’ll…

North Dakota session marked by record budget, pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. – The 2021 North Dakota Legislature has reached the end of a session marked by a record-high state budget, the first-ever expulsion of a lawmaker and pandemic protocols that greatly dampened public participation at the state Capitol. The Legislature adjourned early Friday morning. It met for 76 days and just short of the 80-day maximum set by the…