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Democratic-NPL Chair commends President Biden for his service to the country

July 21, 2024

Fargo — North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Chair Adam Goldwyn issued the following statement:

“President Biden has been one of the most impactful leaders of my lifetime. With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Biden made the biggest investment in infrastructure since President Eisenhower. The Biden-Harris Administration saw manufacturing jobs return to the United States with the CHIPS and Science Act. The Inflation Reduction Act lowered health care costs, strengthened American energy security, and it is the most ambitious investment in combating the climate crisis in world history.

For a half century, through personal and political triumphs and setbacks, President Biden has done what he believes is best for our country and our world. Like George Washington, President Biden becomes one of very few American Presidents to voluntarily cede power in pursuit of the greater good. President Biden ran on the campaign slogan to ‘finish the job,’ and now we honor his sacrifice and secure his legacy and our future greatness by electing whoever emerges as the Democratic nominee for President.”

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

Dem-NPL House Minority Leader on the Supreme Court Decision in Trump v. United States

July 1, 2024

GRAND FORKS – Today all six of the Republican appointed Supreme Court justices ruled that a President of the United States has absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for all official acts taken while in office. The three justices appointed by Democrats dissented.

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that this decision “makes a mockery of the principle, foundational to our Constitution and system of Government, that no man is above the law.”

Democratic-NPL House Minority Leader Zac Ista (D-Grand Forks) said, “In a few days, we will be celebrating our declaration of independence from a monarchy. In the nearly 250 years since then, countless brave Americans have fought and died to protect the constitutional republic our Founding Fathers envisioned—one that gave us a president, not a dictator or a king.

But today’s Supreme Court decision paves the way for any president to don the crown of a monarch once again. The notion that anyone—let alone the President—is above the law should shock the conscience of all patriotic Americans. So where this Supreme Court has failed, we as citizens must act to uphold our fundamental values at the ballot box. As Justice Sotomayor eloquently wrote in dissent, nothing short of our very democracy is at stake.”

Donald Trump already attacked our democracy and freedom:

-Donald Trump has pledged to be a dictator on “day one.” Trump admires violent dictators, saying that ‘the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them.
-After inspiring a violent mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, Trump has pledged to pardon the rioters who wanted to end American democracy.
-Donald Trump’s Project 2025 is also crafting plans that would allow him to deploy the military against American citizens under the Insurrection Act.
-Trump has floated the idea of running for a third term.
-Trump is warning of a “bloodbath” if he loses in November.

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

Dem-NPL candidates and lawmakers reflect on Second Anniversary of Dobbs Decision

June 24, 2024

FARGO – Today is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade. This triggered North Dakota’s severe abortion ban. The Dobbs decision has also laid the groundwork for states to outlaw birth control and IVF.

U.S. Senate Candidate Katrina Christiansen remarked, “ The Dobbs decision was a devastating blow to women’s rights and healthcare. It undermines decades of progress and jeopardizes the health and autonomy of countless women across the nation. When elected to the Senate, I will proudly support the Women’s Health Protection Act to ensure that every woman has the right to make decisions about her own body and access the healthcare she needs.

U.S. House Candidate Trygve Hammer said, “By the logic of Dobbs, who you marry, what you do in your bedroom with another consenting adult, and whether you have access to birth control should be regulated by the states. If we allow them to legislate based on their narrow beliefs, what’s to stop them from encroaching further into our lives?”

Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo) said, “The Dobbs decision was an attack on our freedom. North Dakotans do not want politicians interfering in their deeply personal health care decisions or criminalizing doctors for providing that care. In the wake of Dobbs, extremists are not only passing radical health care bans, they want to limit reproductive services like contraception and in vitro fertilization. All North Dakotans should have the freedom to decide if, when and how to build their families – without politicians involved in those decisions.”

Rep. Liz Conmy (D-Fargo), “It is simply wrong for North Dakota legislators to pick and choose which scenarios are acceptable when women are making decisions about their own bodies. Nobody has the right to force anyone to use their body, against their will, to save the life of someone else. You can’t be forced to donate a kidney, give blood, or even donate organs when you are dead without your personal consent. Women’s reproductive decisions are theirs alone, and do not belong in legislators hands.”

Retired Bismarck OB-GYN and Candidate for District 32 ND House Shari Orser remarked, “ I was deeply saddened and angered by the Dobb’s decision. I have cared for women for many years and have fortunately never had to see the trauma from illegal abortions prior to Roe v Wade. I am very concerned about the health of women going forward as the choices are taken away.

Candidate for District 22 ND House Darrell Hansen said, “The toughest decision a woman might ever have to make, should not be decided by men in the capitol who know absolutely nothing about you. And frankly, these legislators are more likely guided by money than being guided by true conviction, making them wanting control over your body, even worse.”

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

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

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.

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

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

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.”

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

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.

Cass County Democratic-NPL to host Election Night Watch Party June 11

FARGO – The Cass County Democratic-NPL will host an Election Night party for the primary election on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at Kingpinz, 3485 Jacks Way, Fargo ND 58104 from 7:30 – 10:30 PM. A number of Democratic-NPL candidates are expected to attend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

Nicole Donaghy to receive “Hometown Hero” award at Dem-NPL Governors Dinner

April 17, 2024

BISMARCK — Nicole Donaghy will receive the Hometown Hero award at the 7th Annual Democratic-NPL Governors Dinner on Saturday, April 27 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

Donaghy is a Hunkpapa Lakota from Standing Rock Nation, she is also a descendant of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nations, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Donaghy is the Executive Director of North Dakota Native Vote. She’s a staunch champion for voting rights and political representation, particularly for Native American communities in North Dakota. Recognizing the systemic barriers that have historically disenfranchised Indigenous voters, Donaghy has been at the forefront of efforts to protect and expand access to the ballot box.

Democratic-NPL Vice Chair and ND Representative Lisa Finley-DeVille (D-Mandaree) remarked, “In a world where our voices are often silenced, my fellow sister and I fearlessly worked to take on the injustices that our people face. Together we’ve worked on holding polluters accountable, continue to fight for clean air and water standards, educating our people on the injustices brought forth on our lands, and building power for Native communities in North Dakota. It’s the tireless dedication of everyday citizens like Nicole, who believe in the power of collective action to create meaningful change. In the trenches of our communities, she worked to sow the seeds of progress, cultivating a future where justice, equality, and opportunity flourish. A natural grassroots organizer, her passion fuels the engine of democracy, and your commitment paves the road to a brighter tomorrow.”

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

Tag Archive for: North Dakota

Statewide Candidate Meet and Greet


July 26th, 2024 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Buffalo Grill, Jamestown

Meet your statewide candidates face-to-face and have your voice heard among local leaders. Candidates, Merrill Piepkorn (Governor), Trygve Hammer (US House), Katrina Christiansen (US Senate), and Timothy Lamb (State Auditor) will be there!

Buffalo Days Parade and Kickball Tournament

All supporters are welcome, from near and far, to enjoy the sites and people of Jamestown! Come explore Jamestown “beyond the Buffalo…” Put a pep in your step as we walk in the parade downtown with District and Statewide Candidates, and cheer on or join some courageous teammates who will take the kickball field near the be-a-utiful Jamestown Reservoir. It’s sure to be a day of fun with good community.

Let’s us know you’re ready to walk or roll in the parade here: https://www.mobilize.us/northdakotademocraticnplparty/event/634766/

To sign up for the kickball team, email [email protected] or call 701-269-7660

Summerfest Parade in Casselton

Walk with our Democratic-NPL Candidates in the Summerfest Parade in Casselton!

Todd Reisenauer’s 49th birthday

Join us for an evening of BBQ and backyard fun in celebration of Todd’s 49th birthday – with a twist this year. As you know, Todd is running for a house seat in the ND Legislature. Help Todd hit his campaign fundraising goal of $2,500 by the end of July!

It’s going to be an awesome summer evening with great conversation, backyard games, tasty food, and fun!
July 29th 6pm-8pm
3478 11th St S, Fargo, ND 58104
BBQ: Smoked Brisket, Hot Dogs/Brats, Salads etc
Kid friendly backyard games

Alexandra Deufel for D40 Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 30th for a fundraiser with D40 House candidate Alexandra Deufel! Alexandra is running a competitive race, but she needs the resources to succeed. We hope you’ll consider joining us! More details TBA closer to the event.

Fundraiser for Joshua Johnson – D34 State Senate

Join us to get to know Joshua Johnson a little better and support his campaign for North Dakota State Senate!

US Senate Candidate Katrina Christiansen Fundraiser hosted by Sarah Vogel

Please join us for a fundraiser to support Katrina Christiansen, our next United States Senator from North Dakota. Please email your RSVP to [email protected] to get the address for the fundraiser.

Jess Arneson’s Birthday Bash!

Join us for an evening of BBQ and backyard fun in celebration of Jess Arneson’s birthday!

It’s going to be an awesome summer evening with great conversation, backyard games, tasty food, and fun!

Dem-NPL District 13 Meeting with Presenters

North Dakota Dem-NPL District 13 Meeting — 6:00-7:30pm on Thursday, August 29 at Blarney Stone Pub – West Fargo (1910 9th Street East – West Fargo) Other star presenters have been invited – not confirmed yet   Main Presenters Confirmed – Senator Ryan Braunberger, Kylie Oversen and Jamie Selzler (North Dakota DNC Committee Man)         

Invited: Josh Boschee and Amy Zundel

Harvest Hoedown Community Celebration

Grab your friends and family for an evening of hometown fall fun!! Come enjoy musical performances by the Crop Dusters and Pat Lipsiea, outside games for all ages, and food! This is a free community celebration and ALL ARE WELCOME!! Sponsored by the District 46 Dem-Nonpartisan League.