Author Archives: Rob Port

Still No Word From Heitkamp On Protecting America's Nuclear Arsenal

Still No Word From Heitkamp On Protecting America's Nuclear Arsenal

Yesterday Senator John Hoeven sent out a press release detailing his efforts to oppose President Obama’s efforts to shrink the nation’s nuclear arsenal. This is important not just because the Minot Air Force Base here in North Dakota has, as one of its most important missions, the servicing of nuclear missiles in the state but

American Entrepreneurship Is Dying

Via Jim Pethokoukis, here’s a frightening chart: Free markets depend on creative destruction. Old ways of doing things are constantly replaced by new, better ways of doing things. So, we should want to see a steady number of jobs created by new businesses, but as the chart shows we’re not seeing that at all. Which

Are We Really Debating An Unscripted Sip Of Water During A Political Speech?

Last night, while delivering the GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Senator Marco Rubio took an unscripted sip of water. Now the political press is calling it “watergate” (not to be confused with the Nixon-era scandal which is the origin of the ubiquitous “-gate” suffix for political scandals). The hyperventilating over

The Minimum Wage Doesn't Help, It Hurts

Last night during his State of the Union address, President Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage to $9/hour: “We know our economy’s stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put

Why Are We Spending 84% More To Feed 2% Fewer Students?

The Fargo Forum yesterday described the refusal by Republicans in North Dakota’s state House to replace federal milk funds for a third half-pint of milk a day with a state appropriation as “mean” and “stingy.” “The callousness is startling, disappointing,” wrote the Forum editorial board with their typically unthinking sort of intemperance. Of course, the

Heidi Heitkamp, John Hoeven Help Pass Unconstitutional Violence Against Women Act

During the North Dakota Senate campaign last year, liberal Democrat Heidi Heitkamp was quick to lambaste her opponent Rick Berg for a “war on women” because House Republicans were resisting the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. To hear Heitkamp tell it at the time, Berg was all for violence against women, but there

Interview: ND Superintendent Wants To Find Ways To Get The Feds Out Of State Education

Earlier this week North Dakota Superintendent of Public Schools Kirsten Baesler contacted me about SCR4012 which she and Senator Howard Anderson have been working on. The resolution calls for a study into the ways the federal government is involved in education policy in North Dakota with a specific aim toward getting the federal government less

If President Obama Wants To Create Jobs He Should Support The National Right To Work Act

Tonight during his State of the Union address, President Obama will be talking about jobs and the economy. If he’s serious about that, he should back Senator Rand Paul’s National Right To Work Act which would “the current provisions in federal labor law that authorize compulsory union dues and fee payments as a condition of

Two Year Tuition Freeze For North Dakota Universities Voted Down

“I think you’ve almost guaranteed yourself a [tuition] freeze,” said Rep. Bob Martinson back in 2011 during a committee hearing in which legislators chastised North Dakota State University for a massive 8.8% tuition hike that went well beyond the guidelines legislators had set in the budget. Today the North Dakota House had a chance to

ND House Votes Down More Tax Bills

Yesterday the North Dakota House voted down a number of tax bills, most notably one that would have suspended the state income tax for two years, and today another laundry list of tax bills got shot down. Here’s the kill list: HB1396, introduced by Rep. Kim Koppelman, would have required that any property sold in

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