Several Hundred Megawatts of New Wind Production Slated for Central North Dakota

BISMARCK, ND – Gov. John Hoeven today commended officials from Minnkota Power Cooperative, Hawkeye Tree Company and Minnesota Power on their announced intention to expand wind capacity and transmission in North Dakota. The agreement paves the way to build significant new wind energy production and transmission capacity in western North Dakota and send it to the Red River Valley and Minnesota. Currently, Minnkota buys power from Milton Young Generating Station I, and the two companies share power from Milton Young 2, both located in Center, N.D.

The agreement involves Minnesota Power’s $80 million purchase of a 465-mile DC transmission line that runs from the Milton Young Generating Station in Center, N.D. to Arrowhead substation in Hermantown, Minn. In addition, Minnkota Power will construct a new 345 kilovolt transmission line to carry new wind energy production from Milton Young 2 to the Red River Valley, and to accommodate new wind energy along the DC line.

The companies earlier discussed their plan with Hoeven and his staff, and the state has been working with them to help advance the project.

“We’ve worked with both of these forward-looking companies to develop North Dakota’s wind generated energy capacity and new transmission,” Hoeven said. “The key here is that we’re developing a major new 345 kW transmission line with the goal of building hundreds of new megawatts of capacity. These, and other projects, are helping to bring North Dakota’s total wind energy production from less than one megawatt a few years ago to more than 2000 megawatts in the near future.”

McCain’s commitment to the Judiciary

McCain’s commitment to the Judiciary

The North Dakota Republican Party commends Senator John McCain’s judicial philosophy and vision for the federal judiciary.
The next President will have the opportunity to nominate hundreds of men and women to the courts – the effects of which will last for many years. To uphold Republican ideals, it’s important that these judges have a proven record of judicial restraint to combat the judicial activism that currently is weakening our federal judiciary.
From the Supreme Court to lower courts, John McCain’s conservative leadership in nominating the right judges will bring about much-needed change to counteract judges who legislate from the bench and distort the Constitution.
________________________________________JOHN MCCAIN ANNOUNCES HIS JUSTICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
For Immediate Release Contact: Press Office
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 703-650-5550
ARLINGTON, VA — Today, U.S. Senator John McCain announced his Justice Advisory Committee to the Campaign. Please find below the Chairs and members of the Committee:
Chairs Of The Justice Advisory Committee:
Theodore B. Olson — former Solicitor General of the United States
• Senator Sam Brownback — United States Senator, Kansas
Steering Committee
• Michael Abramowicz — Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
• Hon. William P. Barr — former Attorney General of the United States
• Gerard V. Bradley — Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
• Rachel Brand — former Assistant Attorney General for Office of Legal Policy
• Steven Calabresi — George C. Dix Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
• Dean Ronald A. Cass — Chairman, Center for the Rule of Law; Dean Emeritus, Boston University School of Law
• Senator Daniel Coats — former United States Senator, Indiana
• Manus M. Cooney — former Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
• Charles J. Cooper — former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
• Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr. — former White House Counsel to President Ronald Reagan
• Carol E. Dinkins — Partner, Vinson & Elkins
• John F. Duffy — Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
• Miguel A. Estrada — former Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States
• Charles Fried — Beneficial Profes sor of Law, Harvard Law School; former Solicitor General of the United States
• Sandra S. Froman — Arizona attorney
• Richard W. Garnett — Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
• Robert P. George — McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
• Senator Lindsey Graham — United States Senator, South Carolina
• Senator Phil Gramm — former United States Senator, Texas
• Governor Frank Keating — former Governor of Oklahoma
• Orin S. Kerr — Professor, George Washington Universit y Law School
• Senator Jon Kyl — United States Senator, Arizona
• Christopher Landau — Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
• Senator Trent Lott — former United States Senator, Mississippi
• Randy Mastro — former Deputy Mayor of New York City
• John O. McGinnis — Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
• Maureen E. Mahoney — former Deputy Solicitor General of the Unites States
• Thomas W. Merrill — Charles Keller Beekman Professor, Columbia Law School
• Marc L. Mukasey — Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ; former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York
• Caleb Nelson — Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
• Eileen J. O’Connor — former Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
• Hon. Thomas R. Phillips — former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
• Edward R. Reines — Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
• Kristi L. Remington — former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy
• Professor Daniel B. Rodriguez — Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, The University of Texas at Austin Scho ol of Law
• Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz — Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
• Ronald D. Rotunda — University Professor and Professor of Law, George Mason University
• Cathy Cleaver Ruse — Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at the Family Research Council; Governor, Ave Maria School of Law

• Peter B. Rutledge — Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
• Jon A. Sale — former federal prosecutor for NY and Miami; former law professor, Nova Southeastern and St. Thomas
•  Dan Smith, owner of Wilmington NC plumbers, based Wilmington NC, John Smietanka — former U.S. attorney
• Stephen F. Smith — Professor of Law, John V. Ray Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
• George J. Terwilliger, III — former Deputy Attorney General of the United States
• Senator Fred Thompson — former United States Senator, Tennessee
• Eugene Volokh — Gary T. Swartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
• Dan K. Webb — Chairman, Winston & Strawn; former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Don’t Miss Statewide Lincoln Day Dinner

Tomorrow is the Statewide Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Governor Hoeven as the guest speaker. You may still buy tickets for this event – Call Headquarters at 701.255.0030 and ask for Darcy.

The Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck.
Social begins at 5:30 pm with Dinner at 6:30.
Tickets are $30, or buy a table for $240

Sponsored by Peoria IL plumbers.

See you there!

Merle Boucher Unaware of Progress in North Dakota

In a recent videotaped interview with editor of the Bismarck Tribune, Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Merle Boucher displayed his lack of knowledge of the progress that North Dakota has made under strong Republican leadership. In this instance Boucher stated that “the economy is robust at the present time, our tax collections are very robust and yet at the same time our numbers of people aren’t growing.”

Boucher is either ignorant of the facts, or he is purposely trying to mislead the people of North Dakota. In either case, Boucher does not display the qualities that the people of North Dakota expect in their political leaders.

When it comes to population, the fact is that the decades old trend of population loss has turned around. In fact, since 2003 our state’s population has risen by more than 6,500 people. Last year alone the population increased by 2,255 people.

Republicans have helped the state to grow and diversify its economy leading to a growth of more than 30,000 new jobs since 2000. Our wages and incomes are rising faster than the national average. And, our economy continues to grow by more than $1 billion per year.

Boucher’s recent attempts to deny the truth show that the only hope the Democrats have is to hide the facts about our state’s progress.

Conrad’s Fiscal Credibility in Question

A cord has been struck! Senator Kent Conrad’s response to Renae Michell’s letter, “Debt has a Moral Dimension” was an interesting response to what was a direct question. Foremost Conrad failed to answer Mitchell’s questions and concerns.

The national debt needs to become an issue that Americans take seriously, but we need to understand what the concerns are and why we need to resolve them in a timely manner. Shifting blame to others does not solve the issue, and words cannot rectify our deficits. Real commitment on all budgetary issues is what is needed. However, Senator Conrad says one thing and does another.

Conrad says “addressing (federal debt) has been one of the central tenets of my Senate career”, but has continually opposed the Balanced Budget Amendment and the Line Item Veto. He says “everything would be on the table” when addressing fiscal issues, yet he opposed limits on the amounts of direct payments a farm may receive- a measure that was sponsored by Senator Dorgan and would greatly benefit young farmers in North Dakota.

Introducing a bill in Congress can’t serve as excuse for action. A man in Senator Conrad’s position doesn’t need permission from the entire Congress and the President to begin task forces and bring people together for the sake our country. True leaders don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for something to happen they make things happen now. The nation’s debt has been lingering for a great number of years and there needs to an accountability held by the voters to elect people that want correct the problem rather than just give it lip service.

Conrad also found it necessary to attack President Bush and the tax cuts the Congress enacted under his administration. It seems dishonest for the Senator to insist that allowing over-taxed taxpayers to keep more of their money is contributing to the deficit. Only over-spending by the government contributes to deficits. The Congress knows what its revenues are when they make a budget. If there is going to be less money, there needs to be less spending.

One’s words lose credibility when they preach about fiscal restraint but then lend support to a person, such as Barack Obama, that pushes for a near trillion dollar increase in spending from the US treasury to UN programs. Senator Conrad needs to be honest with himself and the people of North Dakota, and bring real action on deficit and debt relief.

McCain Can!

The cheer went up at 8:05 p.m. Lone Star time, when CNN called Texas — and the Republican nomination — for Sen. John McCain. Eight years after he lost a presidential race, and eight months after his campaign was given up for dead, he earned a trip to the finals…

“They are liberal Democrats. I am a conservative Republican,” McCain said. “Whether we want the government to take more of your money or whether families will spend that money…Whether we will declare surrender in Iraq, set a date for withdrawal, or we will continue the surge that has succeeded.”

Senator John McCain has secured the nomination for President. Mike Huckabee has bowed out after a long and hard fought race. Republicans are now charged with pulling together and defeating the left. Let’s not waiver and let’s win.