Author Archives: Rob Port

Kopp Column: Right Vs. Rights

Kopp Column: Right Vs. Rights

Gun rights. Abortion rights. Right to free speech. We’re flooded with political messages about rights. Mr. Obama made many mentions of “rights” in his second inaugural speech, especially gay rights. What is missing from today’s debate over laws, issues and standards is not the subject of rights, but the subject of rightness, in other words,

The Independence Of North Dakota's University System Must Be Ended

This week news broke about North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and State Board of Higher Education President Duiane Espegard attempting to order President Robert Kelley at the University of North Dakota to sign off on changes to a new IT building on that campus which would include a lavish new chancellor’s office. The

Dorso Column: The Legislature Is In The Swing Of Things Now

Your legislators are in to the swing of things now. There are 468 House bills and 375 Senate bills which will have to be dealt with. There is always the possibility of delayed bills being introduced after the deadlines the House and Senate have imposed on themselves, but that shouldn’t be a significant number. As

Thanks To The Affordable Care Act, The Cheapest Family Insurance Policy In America Will Cost $20,000

There’s an old joke among conservatives about government health care programs. It goes something like, “If you think health care is expensive now just wait until it’s free.” I can’t help thinking about that as I read what the “Affordable Care Act” is doing for the affordability of health insurance in America. (CNSNews.com) – In

Democrat Legislator Not Sure How Much Longer He Can Defend Higher Education

Scott Hennen had a very interesting interview with Rep. Eliot Glassheim on his show today, talking about the story SAB broke earlier this morning regarding Chancellor Hamid Shirvani trying to install a big personal office into a new IT building going in on the University of North Dakota campus. “From what I know it looks

The Price Of An Obama Diplomatic Appointment Is About $550,000 In Campaign Contributions

This from the self-described most transparent and ethical administration in history: The researchers compared available information on donors’ direct political contributions and “bundling” — money raised on behalf of Mr. Obama by supporters — with data on the national income of host countries, their relative level of safety, and the robustness of their tourist industries.

Medical Company Lays Off 100 Due To Obamacare

Just another victory for the Affordable Care Act: Medical company Smith & Nephew fired roughly 100 employees at its Memphis, Tenn., and Massachusetts offices, citing the medical device tax included in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”), a Fox affiliate in Memphis reports. “Inside sources told FOX13 News the layoffs at Smith

Obama Administration's "Compromise" On Contraception Mandate Is No Compromise At All

With several lawsuits challenging the mandate stalled awaiting the White House’s clarification of how they’ll apply a contraception coverage mandate to faith-based employers, the Obama administration announced today a “compromise” which doesn’t really seem like a compromise at all. In fact, it kind of seems like President Obama thinks we’re stupid. Under this proposal, objecting

Interview: Rep. Oversen Says University Needs Scrutiny On Tuition Increases

Rep. Kylie Oversen has introduced HB1328 which would freeze tuition at all institutions in the North Dakota University System at 2013 levels for two years. The university system, however, is questioning the legislature’s legal authority to control tuition. I interviewed Re. Oversen about her bill yesterday: It was originally reported that Rep. Oversen’s bill would

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