Author Archives: Rob Port

North Dakota Has The Fewest Number Of Self-Identified Gays In The Nation

North Dakota Has The Fewest Number Of Self-Identified Gays In The Nation

I posted this earlier today in the headlines. According to Gallup, North Dakota has the lowest percentage in the nation of citizens identifying themselves as gay, lesbian or transgendered. PRINCETON, NJ — The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) ranges from 1.7% in North Dakota to 5.1% in

Land Owners Win The Second Battle Of Killdeer Mountain

The Battle of Killdeer Mountain was a conflict between the US military and Sioux tribes in western North Dakota. It’s a fairly significant historical event, and there is a great deal of information and artifacts already collected from it. But here’s the thing: Today the Kildeer Mountain battlefield, much of which is privately owned, sits

Shameful: ND House Votes Down Local Government Transparency Bill

Rep. Blair Thoreson has been a real champion when it comes to fighting for government transparency here in North Dakota. Back in the 2009 legislative session Rep. Thoreson introduced and got passed a bill creating an online database of all state government spending (you can see it here). Since then Rep. Thoreson has been trying

Interview: Rep. Mark Dosch Talks About North Dakota School Choice Bill

I interviewed Rep. Mark Dosch about HB1466, a bill that would appropriate 25% of a student’s share of public education dollars to any private school that student may attend. The bill would require that parents choosing a private school file a form with the superintendent of their school district. Based on that form, the Department

Heidi Heitkamp Caught Not Standing Up To Obama Again

After a campaign for the US Senate in which she ran long and hard against President Obama and her national party, Heidi Heitkamp isn’t spending a lot of time following through on some of the promises she made. As the Obama administration moves to downsize America’s nuclear weapons arsenal, Heitkamp (who counted a group of

Obama's Cognitive Dissonance On Gun Control

During a “fireside hangout” facilitated by social media, President Obama was asked why his gun control proposals target so-called “assault weapons” but not handguns which are involved in far more crimes and violence? The Presidents response was illuminating, but not in a direct way: During a Google Plus “Fireside Hangout,” Obama was asked why he

Supporting Christopher Dorner Is Like Supporting Abortion Clinic Bombers

Perhaps it’s fitting when Occupy Wall Street is holding up Robin Hood as a hero that someone like Christopher Dorner, who went on a murder rampage after alleging that he was fired for blowing the whistle on police brutality, would also become a sort of hero to some (including, specifically, the occupiers). But what often

Dalrymple Backing Medicaid Expansion Is An Act Of Political Cowardice

Writing for the Washington Examiner, Shikha Dalmia tries to explain why Republican governors like North Dakota’s Jack Dalrymple are pushing for an expansion of Medicaid. Governor Dalrymple has referenced the “no cost” federal dollars which would fund the expansion (which forgets that we are all federal taxpayers too), but Dalmia suggests that it’s more than

After Decriminalizing Drug Use, Drug Abuse Falls By Half In Portugal

America’s “war on drugs” is a losing battle. Despite trillions spent, and countless lives lost, drugs are about as accessible in America as they’ve ever been. You’d think this would be a good argument for ending the “war on drugs,” but drug warriors argue that if we end the prohibition drug abuse will get even

Minnesota, Missouri Considering Gun Confiscation Bills

In Missouri, Democrats have introduced a bill requiring anyone owning an “assault weapon” or high-capacity magazine to “Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri” or “Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction.” Minnesota is considering a similar bill: 10.20 Sec.