N.D. POLITICS ROUNDUP: Hoeven to announce his candidacy Tuesday
BISMARCK - Gov. John Hoeven made it known several weeks ago that he's running for a third term, but this week he'll have formal announcement events in four cities across the state, starting Tuesday morning in Fargo and continuing in Grand Forks, ...
BISMARCK - Gov. John Hoeven made it known several weeks ago that he's running for a third term, but this week he'll have formal announcement events in four cities across the state, starting Tuesday morning in Fargo and continuing in Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot later in the day.
In Fargo, the event is 9 a.m. in the offices of Echelon Corp., a California firm that recently expanded its offices to Fargo. The address is 1749 38th St. S. (Interstate 29 frontage road).
In Grand Forks, it is at noon in the UND Center for Innovation, 4200 James Ray Drive.
In Bismarck, he'll announce at 3 p.m. in the Bismarck Technical Center, 1200 W. College Drive.
And in Minot, it is 6 p.m. in the Holiday Inn.
all that you read
Democrats were having a good time Friday after the Democratic-leaning " northdecoder.com " political blog reported that North Dakota Republicans' blog - http://ndgopblog.blogspot.com/ - contained a hoax or urban legend, posted the same day by "ndgop."
The Republican post was an unattributed "report" about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi alleging she wants a stock market windfall profits tax to help "12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help. . ."
As northdecoder.com 's "Chet" writes, the Pelosi piece is more than a year old and has been thoroughly debunked by the hoax-busting site Snopes.com .
See it at www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/pelosi.asp .
We checked another site that tracks down hoaxes and urban legends, which said the same thing - the piece was satire and not true.
See http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/government/a/nancy_pelosi.htm .
A check of http://ndgopblog.blogspot.com/ late Sunday showed a note at the top of the Pelosi piece that, "apologies are in order . . . this was not checked out and is not true," and the reference to her alleged windfall profits tax plan benefiting illegal immigrants was taken out.
'One year out'
parties SaturdayNorth Dakota Democrats are holding parties Saturday in six cities to discuss the elections that are now just a year away.
The parties are in Fargo, Dickinson and Bismarck at 1 p.m. local time. Jamestown and Minot events are at 7 p.m., and Valley City's time and location were yet to be announced as of late Friday.
Also Saturday, District 19 Democrats (rural Grand Forks County) will host a turkey dinner fundraiser in Larimore.
Fargo's District 27 Democrats plan a legislative forum Thursday evening and Grand Forks Democrats have a citywide meeting Wednesday evening.
For more information on the events, see www.demnpl.com , events listings or call party headquarters, (701) 255-0460.
for Rudy's visitThe preparations for former New York mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's visit to Fargo on Wednesday are continuing.
Rudy's fans tell us North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong will announce just before or during the visit that he's endorsing Giuliani.
for EdwardsSpeaking of endorsements, it looks like Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards still has the upper hand in numbers of North Dakota politicians who have pledged support to a White House aspirant.
At least 38 North Dakota elected officials have committed to the former North Carolina senator.
They include Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson, party legislative leaders Sen. Dave O'Connell and Rep. Merle Boucher, former ag commissioner Sarah Vogel, former Public Service Commissioner Bruce Hagen, state party treasurer Tim Purdon, as well as 10 other state senators and 17 House Democrats.
The list is filled out with regional party leaders and former candidates.
Cole reports for Forum Communications Co., which owns the Herald.