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Published October 07, 2010, 09:32 AM

Secretary of State Debate

Democratic secretary of state candidate Corey Mock says Republican incumbent Al Jaeger is partly to blame for the troubles of a proposal to repeal North Dakota's pharmacy ownership restrictions.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Democratic secretary of state candidate Corey Mock says Republican incumbent Al Jaeger is partly to blame for the troubles of a proposal to repeal North Dakota's pharmacy ownership restrictions.

Mock and Jaeger spoke Wednesday in Bismarck at a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

A voter initiative to repeal North Dakota's pharmacy ownership law was kept off the November ballot because the petition didn't include a list of sponsors. Jaeger rejected the measure and the Supreme Court affirmed his decision.

Mock says Jaeger could have checked the petition when it was circulated. He says Jaeger would have been able to find the problem early and give supporters a chance to fix it.

Jaeger says he gave good instructions to the petition's backers.

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