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18 North Dakota State Legislative Races Have No Democratic Candidates

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP/KVRR) — North Dakota Democrats lack candidates for 15 state House seats and three seats in the state Senate. Secretary of state filings show Republicans were unable to recruit candidates for a House seat and Senate seat in the state’s biggest city of Fargo. Late Monday was the deadline for candidates to file with the state secretary of…

Minnesota Republicans offer family leave bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature have offered a voluntary proposal for paid family and medical leave. It would rely on tax credits for employers who choose to participate, in contrast with Democratic proposals that would require paid time off. Republicans depicted their plan Monday as an innovative way to support employees who need time off after…

Northwest Minnesotans ask questions on surplus during District 4 town hall

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – People from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes take part in a town hall to hear from their state senator and representatives. Minnesota has the only divided Legislature in the country, so passing anything requires some comprise. People wanted to know how State Senator Kent Eken and State Representatives Paul Marquart and Heather Keeler would like the Legislature to…

Frontline workers and DFLers push for Legislature to pass pandemic bonuses

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Minnesota frontline workers and Democrats call for immediate action in the legislature to deliver a $1 billion package giving them a pandemic bonus. The plan gives 667,000 health care, nursing home, maintenance, child care, and education workers $1,500 bonuses. To qualify, someone must have worked at least 120 hours between March 15th, 2020, and June 30th of…

Marquart leaving legislature after 22 years

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR) – Longtime Democratic State Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth says he’s decided not to run for reelection. The former Dilworth mayor served 11 terms in the Minnesota House.  He was first elected to the legislature in 2000. “At 65, it’s time to try new things and to spend more time with my family and those fun grandchildren,”…

State senator won’t run for reelection, says civility and respect slipping

Nicole Poolman BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – Bismarck Republican State Sen. Nicole Poolman says she will not be seeking re-election. Poolman, who’s been in the legislature since 2013, says she’s been noticing a lack of civility and respect. “We are living in divisive times, toxic times. I would be lying if I didn’t admit to being a little weary,” Poolman said….

North Dakota Legislature approves new redistricting map

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s Republican-controlled Legislature has approved a new legislative map that reflects a continued loss of political clout in rural areas due to population shifts in the past decade. Though the map maintains 47 legislative districts, it creates three new districts in the state’s fastest-growing areas but erases an equal amount in population-lean rural regions. The new…

How is ND using American Rescue Plan money to fight Covid-19?

WASHINGTON & BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Many health organizations like the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention say getting vaccinated for the coronavirus is the best way to get the pandemic behind us. The American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden in March gave $1.9 trillion in relief, in part, to help beat the virus. “The American Rescue Plan…

Panel OKs draft legislative redistricting map with new districts in Fargo and the Oil Patch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A panel of lawmakers on Thursday substantially completed a draft of North Dakota’s new legislative map that creates three new districts in the state’s fastest-growing areas but erases an equal amount in population-lean rural regions. The preliminary plan unanimously approved by the Republican-controlled committee also forces several incumbent lawmakers to run against each other to keep…