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The North Dakota University System Didn't Do Themselves Any Favors Yesterday

The North Dakota University System Didn't Do Themselves Any Favors Yesterday

State Board of Higher Education President Duaine Espegard dismissed the controversy over a huge, 2,300 square foot “chancellor’s suite” in an IT building on the University of North Dakota campus as “foolishness” yesterday in committee testimony. University officials were also quick to spin the issue, claiming that the issue over where the chancellor will work

Big Ethanol Is Questioning Your Patriotism

As you’ve probably noticed because of the slow posting, I’ve been traveling this week on business, and on my way from Bismarck to Fargo I caught sight of this monstrosity alongside the road: Based on some web searches these billboards have been around for a while. It’s not clear who is running them, but whoever

Guest Post: Don't Fix North Dakota's Oil Tax

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times By this, I am not suggesting extensive expertise of the oil industry nor how our state taxes it. Maybe that’s the problem? I am not sure many people understand oil taxes outside a select few who make or lobby for the rules. Those

Benghazi: Panetta, Dempsey Throw Obama, Clinton Under the Bus

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey provided stunning testimony at a US Senate hearing on the Benghazi tragedy, which confirmed president Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were derelict in their duties before and during the evening of the September 11, 2012 attack on the

ND Dems Say They're Fundraising For The Kids, Really Fundraising For Their Party

Yesterday I wrote about North Dakota Democrats throwing a hissy fit over Republicans voting down a $1.2 million appropriation to give school kids a third helping of milk or juice (media reports have claimed it was only a $500,000 appropriation, but that’s inaccurate as the bill shows). In their attacks on Republicans for killing the

UPDATED: ND Senate Passes Pro Life Bills

This post is updated with the votes of each Senator on each bill. What also remains to be resolved is the impact of Sen Mathern’s amendment on SB 2303 ensuring medical coverage for mother and child. This amendment was obviously not offered by Mathern out of sincere concern for the mother and child, but rather

Gay Couple Denied Family Golfing Pass By Fargo Park Board

Sigh… FARGO – A Fargo gay couple legally married in another state says they may shoot for birdies elsewhere after being denied a discounted family pass to the city’s public golf courses. Katy Kjelvik and her wife, Steph Rindy, who were legally married in Iowa in 2011, were told Tuesday that they can’t receive a

Heidi Heitkamp Isn't Satisfied With The Size Of Her Office

Apparently North Dakota’s new Senator Heidi Heitkamp thinks her office is too small. She says it’s “cozy,” and would like her predecessor Kent Conrad to come and pick up his charts so that she has enough room for her staff. Perhaps, then, it’s no surprise to hear what Conrad’s North Dakota Democratic successor, Sen. Heidi

Man Who Attacked Conservative Group Identified Target On Left-Wing "Hate Map"

The Southern Poverty Law Center maintains on their website a database of people and organizations who they feel are dangerous bigots and racists. This “hate map,” though, often includes groups and organizations whose politics the SPLC simply disagrees with. Case in point, the Family Research Council, which is on the “hate map” because they oppose

"You Can Always Try"

Tonight at 9:00pm central time CNN will air an interview filmed in Minot, ND, between Jake Tapper and soon-to-be Medal of Honor winner U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha. Romesha led a battle at Combat Outpost Keating in October 2009. He’s currently in North Dakota working in the oil patch. Here’s an excerpt from the

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