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Highlights from the North Dakota Dem-NPL policy platform

GRAND FORKS--The North Dakota Democratic-NPL passed its policy platform on Saturday morning, March 17, at the party's state convention, setting its official stance on a range of policies--from climate change to marijuana to energy and agriculture.

Delegates to the North Dakota Democratic convention Samantha Grimm, left, and Connie Triplett look over the program for this weekend's convention at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Friday, March 16. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Delegates to the North Dakota Democratic convention Samantha Grimm, left, and Connie Triplett look over the program for this weekend's convention at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Friday, March 16. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS-The North Dakota Democratic-NPL passed its policy platform on Saturday morning, March 17, at the party's state convention, setting its official stance on a range of policies-from climate change to marijuana to energy and agriculture.

The passage came after longer discussion Friday night, March 16, that included debates on gun control and legalizing marijuana that was eventually tabled as it began to wear into the early evening. Upon resuming debate on Saturday, the platform passed in a matter of minutes.

Here's a quick review of the highlights, from the most up-to-date platform information publicly available on Saturday evening.

Minimum wage: "The Dem-NPL Party supports the increase of minimum wage to $15 per hour, with an annual cost of living adjustments that is indexed to actual inflation by 2021."

Internet use: "The Dem-NPL supports broadband equality for all and the reinstatement of a free and open internet through net neutrality."

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Social Security: "The Dem-NPL Party opposes any and all efforts to privatize Social Security or weaken Medicare ... (and) supports efforts to eliminate the cap on taxable earnings for Social Security taxes."

Money in politics: "The Dem-NPL Party supports a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision in order to reduce the influence of money in politics and to strip 'personhood' from corporations."

Climate change: "The Dem-NPL Party supports taking science-based actions to reduce the threat of climate change."

Health insurance: "The Dem-NPL Party supports implementation of a universal single-payer health care system, beginning with the Medicare at 55 Act."

Sexual orientation and gender identity: "The Dem-NPL opposes discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity."

Gun Control: The party supports a lengthy list of items, some of which were hotly contested on Friday evening. Those items include stricter background check regulation for private gun sellers and gun shows, an age-21 requirement to purchase a "semi-automatic weapon" and "mandatory certified firearm safety training for any first-time purchaser of a firearm."

Pipeline construction: "The Dem-NPL Party supports that the state ensures that any expansion or modernization of pipelines, transmission lines and additional oil refining capacity be done in an environmentally and culturally responsible manner."

Corporate farming: "The Dem-NPL supports family farms by upholding North Dakota's current anti-corporate farming law."

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Marijuana: "The Dem-NPL supports the legalization, regulation and taxation of cannabis and expungement of non-violent charges."

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