Author Archives: Rob Port

NDGOP may move its state convention to after the June primary

NDGOP may move its state convention to after the June primary

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s two major political parties, the Democratic-NPL and the Republican Party, hold their state conventions in the spring of election years. Usually, they occur about a week or so apart from each other around the end of March or the beginning of April, and several weeks ahead of the June primary balloting. Those are

Capitalism produces a bit of wonder amid the cynicism

MINOT, N.D. — “What you’ve given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” said the nonagenarian who had just been rocketed into space. Legendary actor William Shatner was characteristically eloquent in talking about the experience, made possible by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos and his space company Blue Origin. “I am so filled with emotion about what just happened.

As important as vaccines are, we cannot abandon choice

MINOT, N.D. — A reader emailed me this week telling me he’d been spending some time thinking about the actions and statements of elected officials. Notably, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and North Dakota’s leadership, including Gov. Doug Burgum and the congressional delegation. “These elected officials espouse the benefits of, and even encourage, vaccines and then say it is up

Stymied Democrats could find more success through moderation

MINOT, N.D. — As an article of faith, our liberal friends and neighbors believe that the American political system is rigged in favor of Republicans. Democratic presidential candidates consistently win the national popular vote, yet thanks to the Electoral College, we still elect Republicans to the White House with some regularity. In 2018, Democratic candidates for the

Thank wind power for the ‘tough’ spike in heating bills you’re about to suffer

MINOT, N.D. — Consumers need to prepare,” Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus told the Bismarck Tribune. “It’s going to potentially be a tough heating season.” Gas customers, and specifically those who get their gas from Montana-Dakota Utilities which serves about 115,000 homes and businesses in North Dakota, may be paying about $170 more, on average, for gas this year. This isn’t

Republican senator, charged with theft, doesn’t want to be associated with Bastiat Caucus

MINOT, N.D. — Last week I wrote a column Sen. Jason Heitkamp, a Republican from Wahpeton representing District 26 in Bismarck. Heitkamp called my editor about that column, complaining that I had associated him with the secretive Bastiat Caucus of very Trump-aligned Republican lawmakers. Heitkamp told my editor he doesn’t want to be associated with the Bastiat Caucus