Statement from Reps Dobervich, Conmy, and Schneider on SCOTUS mifepristone decision

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June 17, 2024

FARGO – Last week, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge to the Food and Drug Administration’s protocol for prescribing and dispensing mifepristone which allows telemedicine clinics to mail the pill to patients.

Fargo Democratic-NPL Representatives Gretchen Dobervich , Liz Conmy, and Mary Schneider released this joint statement:

“The Supreme Court’s decision does not change the dire stakes November’s election represents for thousands of North Dakotans and millions of women in states across the country. Donald Trump paved the way to overturn Roe v. Wade which ripped away reproductive freedoms from women in North Dakota. Now, he and other Republican candidates want to go even further. Republicans in Congress are working at Trump’s behest to introduce bills and budgets to ban abortion and medication abortion entirely – while his allies have published plans to unilaterally ban abortion nationwide if Trump wins. A second Trump term will only mean more bans, less health care access, and less freedom. The only way to protect reproductive freedom is to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”

Trump and Republican candidates up and down the ballot have threatened reproductive freedom for every single woman across America:

Trump has endorsed a national abortion ban and supports the extreme abortion bans that states have enacted since he overturned Roe v. Wade, including bans that allow states to prosecute women who have an abortion.

Trump’s allies have published plans to ban abortion nationwide – without the help of Congress or the courts.

In fact, he thinks that cruel abortion bans across the country are ‘working very brilliantly’ as women are denied critical and lifesaving care.

Trump has left the door wide open for restricting access to contraception, including emergency contraception.

Trump will appoint more anti-choice judges and justices to the bench – just as he appointed the justices who overturned Roe v. Wade.

While Trump and Republicans lawmakers are working to ban access to contraception and abortion nationwide, President Biden and Vice President Harris will protect restore a woman’s right to choose:

Calling on Congress to codify the protections of Roe into law, restoring rights women relied on for nearly 50 years.

Standing by the FDA’s evidence-based approval of mifepristone and defending the FDA’s independent, expert authority to review, approve, and regulate a wide range of prescription drugs.

Fighting to ensure access to emergency medical care.

Strengthening patient privacy and access to contraception.

Supporting a woman’s right to travel for medical care.

Dem-NPL Chair slams Hoeven and Cramer for voting against Right to IVF Act

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June 13, 2024

FARGO – Today Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer voted against the Right to IVF Act. This comes after the Alabama Supreme Court effectively outlawed IVF until the legislature amended its anti-abortion law.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn said, “The Democratic Party is the party of families and family values, and we’ve proven it again today. The Right to IVF Act would protect the freedom to access IVF nationwide, ensure North Dakota doctors have the freedom to provide IVF, and lower the cost for treatments. IVF has helped thousands of North Dakotans create the families they want and deserve. The Dobbs decision has had far-reaching ramifications that have made it harder and more dangerous to become pregnant. There is a nationwide effort to rip away access to reproductive health care—including contraception and IVF—if given the chance, and Hoeven and Cramer are complicit in that. That’s why we are asking all pro-family North Dakotans to support Katrina Christiansen for Senate and Trygve Hammer for House, to protect our fundamental rights from Republican big-government interference in our families.”

CONTACT:
Laura Dronen
Communications Director
(701) 566-0616
[email protected]

May Consumer Price Index Report shows Biden is Fighting Inflation says Democratic-NPL Chair

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June 13, 2024

FARGO – Yesterday, the U.S. Labor Department released the latest consumer price index report showing that inflation is cooling under President Joe Biden’s leadership.

Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn remarked, “The Consumer Price Index report shows us that Biden is fighting every day to lower costs for North Dakotans. President Biden and Vice President Harris will continue fighting to grow the middle class and lower costs. Trump’s plan will raise prices on working Americans while rigging the economy for himself and his billionaire buddies like Doug Burgum.”

President Biden and Vice President Harris are delivering in North Dakota and across the country while Trump pushes a disastrous economic agenda for working North Dakotans:

● Economic growth and employment remain strong, and overall inflation is still down by two-thirds from its peak.

● The US economy added 272,000 jobs last month — bringing the total number of jobs created since President Biden took office to a record 15.6 million jobs including 28,200 jobs in North Dakota.

● Trump had the worst jobs record of any president since the Great Depression and his plans could supercharge inflation.

● Trump plans to implement an across-the-board tariff that would raise the cost of goods and could cost North Dakota families an extra $1,500 per year.

● Trump and his billionaire allies like Doug Burgum want to give yet another tax windfall to big corporations, potentially exploding the national debt by another $1 trillion.

Mystery disinformation texting campaign “blatant attempt to deceive North Dakotans” says Democratic-NPL

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June 11, 2024

FARGO – Yesterday, many North Dakotans received a bizarre text message reading “thousands of Democrats are now pulling a Republican primary ballot and voting for Dr. Rick Becker. This is our JFK moment. Vote Rick Becker in the GOP primary tomorrow.” Today—Election Day—another text went out falsely claiming that GOP candidate Julie Fedorchak had dropped out of the race.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Spokeswoman Laura Dronen said, “This blatant attempt to deceive North Dakotans is disgusting. We don’t know who sent these messages, but as we move to the general election we all must be vigilant. In our digital age rife with deep fakes and AI-generated images, disinformation and lies spread like wildfire.”

“Vote Trygve Hammer” says Democratic-NPL Chair — after mysterious pro-Becker text

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 10, 2024

FARGO – On the eve of the Primary Election, many North Dakotans received a bizarre text message. The text is not from the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. It reads “thousands of Democrats are now pulling a Republican primary ballot and voting for Dr. Rick Becker. This is our JFK moment. Vote Rick Becker in the GOP primary tomorrow.”

Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn said, “Democrats vote for Democrats. It’s just that simple. And if John F Kennedy were alive today, he would be voting for Democrats up and down the ballot. We don’t know precisely who sent the text, but the campaigning we’ve seen from Republican candidates this primary season doesn’t represent the best of who we are as North Dakotans. The ONLY person on the ballot tomorrow who will bring the work ethic, honesty, and grit we need in a member of Congress is Marine Corps Veteran Trygve Hammer. Democrats are proud to cast our ballots for him tomorrow, and on November 5.”

CONTACT:
Laura Dronen
Communications Director
(701) 566-0616
[email protected]

Dobervich awarded “Rural Health Legislator of the Year” at Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health

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June 5, 2024

GRAND FORKS – The Center for Rural Health has recognized Representative Gretchen Dobervich (D-Fargo) as the “Rural Health Legislator of the Year” at their annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.

House Minority Leader Zac Ista (D-Grand Forks) lauded, “From her tireless work to improve healthcare within Tribal Nations to her instrumental efforts in passing a community health worker law to her passionate advocacy to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS, Gretchen is beyond deserving of recognition for her work in public and rural health. I’m very proud of my friend and all that she has done to help North Dakotans live long, healthy lives in strong, healthy communities.”

Former Democratic-NPL legislators Rep. Rick Holman and Sen. Joan Heckaman are past recipients of this award.

Joan Jett sports “Hammer for Congress” pin during Fargo Concert

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June 3, 2024

FARGO – On Saturday, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts performed in Fargo at Scheels Arena. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member donned a “Hammer for Congress” pin.

Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn said, “In addition to loving rock’n’roll, Joan Jett loves Trygve Hammer. And next Tuesday, I’ll be proud to cast my vote for Trygve on June 11. As his campaign continues, I know that North Dakotans will see what Joan Jett sees—that Trygve is a man of integrity, a patriot who served his country honorably in the Marine Corps and will continue to do so in congress.”

CONTACT:
Laura Dronen
Communications Director
(701) 566-0616
[email protected]

Nico Rios embraced by fellow Republicans after harassing police during DUI arrest

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May 8, 2024

FARGO – The North Dakota Young Republicans announced several lawmakers who will be in attendance at their Spring Gala, notable among them is Representative Nico Rios. In December Rios was arrested for driving under the influence. During the arrest the Williston Republican hurled racist and homophobic slurs at police officers. Not only did the North Dakota Democratic-NPL call on him to resign, his own GOP district leadership did as well.

The NDGOP seems to have changed its tune, however, as the event highlights the opportunity to meet Rios alongside Senator Kevin Cramer, GOP Congressional Candidates Rick Becker and Alex Balasz, Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann, and other Republican lawmakers.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn said, “The lack of accountability from North Dakota Republican Leadership is horrendous. From sexually assaulting minors to crooked real estate deals to homophobic and racist slurs, the Republican Party doesn’t just turn the other cheek, they embrace this behavior. If you want a party that respects the law, it’s time to vote for the Dem-NPL.”

Earlier this week Representative Claire Cory (R-Grand Forks) was also arrested for driving under the influence. On Thursday, Representative Jason Dockter (R-Bismarck) will be sentenced for his criminal conflict-of-interest charge.

CONTACT:
Laura Dronen
Communications Director
(701) 566-0616
[email protected]

“Dockter must resign,” says Dem-NPL House Leader

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 3, 2024

BISMARCK – Representative Jason Dockter (R-Bismarck) was found guilty of a criminal conflict-of-interest charge today. The conflict-of-interest charge stemmed from the lease of a Bismarck building to the Attorney General’s Office under former Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Dockter became part owner of the building after the lease agreement was signed. The building resulted in a cost-overrun of over $1 million.

House Minority Leader Zac Ista (D-Grand Forks) stated, “Representative Dockter must resign after a jury convicted him of using his public office for personal gain. He has the right to appeal his conviction, but he should step aside from the privilege of serving in the Legislature. All North Dakotans deserve elected officials who are acting only in the best interests of the citizens of our great state.”

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn went further, saying, “From Ray Holmberg, to Nico Rios, to Jason Dockter, and to Donald Trump, today’s Republican Party is full of crooks. This is a great day for justice. Let this be a warning to anyone who thinks they can use an elected office to enrich themselves and deceive the American public: No one is above the law. If you want a party that respects the law, it’s time to vote for the Dem-NPL.”

CONTACT:
Laura Dronen
Communications Director
(701) 566-0616
[email protected]

Two Years After Dobbs Decision Leak, Reproductive Freedom Steamrolled in ND

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May 2, 2024

Fargo – Today is the second anniversary of the leak of the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which opened the floodgates to Trump’s extreme abortion bans across the country.

Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn remarked, “Two years ago today, women across North Dakota learned that our trigger law would lead to a total abortion ban. Republican lawmakers are steamrolling reproductive freedom here. Drew Wrigley wants to know if you or a loved one have gone out of state to seek an abortion. Rick Becker and Julie Fedorchak want to take this national and rip away the rights of every woman in America. Some in the NDGOP even want to charge women with murder. Our Democratic NPL candidates want to restore and protect reproductive freedom and health privacy. Merrill Piepkorn, Katrina Christiansen, and Trygve Hammer believe medical decisions should be between patients and doctors, not politicians and their constituents.”

Bob Valeu to receive Governors Legacy of Leadership Award

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April 23, 2024

BISMARCK – Former North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chair Bob Valeu will receive the Governors Legacy of Leadership Award at the 7th Annual Democratic-NPL Governors Dinner.

Valeu has devoted years of his life to the North Dakota Democratic-NPL including as Executive Director from 1966 to 1969 and Party Chair from 2013 to 2015. Valeu served as State Director for U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan from 1993 to 2008. He is currently the Chair of the Bismarck-Mandan Democratic-NPL.

Former Dem-NPL Gubernatorial Candidate and State Senator Joe Satrom remarked, “Bob is a well grounded progressive thinker with diverse personal and interpersonal skills that have been critically important to electing Democrats over many decades. His thoughtful nature and energetic, strategic approach to organizing and leading our Democratic-NPL Party and Valeu-led campaigns have earned wide respect throughout the State.”

The dinner will feature keynote speaker Ken Martin, who is the Chair of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, President of the Association of State Democratic Committees, and a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. Tickets are available at: https://swift-cpa.net/donate/2024governorsdinner

CONTACT:
Laura Dronen
Communications Director
(701) 566-0616
[email protected]

Armstrong’s Ukraine vote is “cowardly” says Dem-NPL Chair

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April 22, 2024

FARGO — On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to provide around $60 million in aid to support Ukraine. All the Democrats present and 101 Republicans voted for the bill, however, a notable “nay” was North Dakota Representative and Gubernatorial candidate Kelly Armstrong.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Chair Adam Goldwyn said, “Rep. Armstrong’s vote against Ukraine aid is cowardly. The fight to protect democracy isn’t a metaphor for the brave Ukrainians fighting against Putin’s invasion. This war is deeply personal for me—my mother-in-law and father-in-law live in Kyiv. How do I tell my own family that my representative doesn’t have the backbone to stand up for them? Armstrong is putting American and Ukrainian lives on the line as he grovels to extremists in the Republican Party. We need to elect folks like Trygve Hammer and Katrina Christiansen to Congress who will support our allies.”

CONTACT:
Laura Dronen
Communications Director
(701) 566-0616
[email protected]