Author Archives: Rob Port

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds Will Kincaid, Bismarck Tribune

Environmental Extremist Groups Upset to Lose an Arcane Regulatory Process as a Weapon

We have a duty to ensure that infrastructure projects are built safely and responsibly. We do not have a duty to let factions of zealots impose their will on the rest of us by perverting a process, intended to facilitate responsible construction, so that it blocks any construction at all. Continue reading…

State Rep. Daniel Johnston (R-Kathryn)

Republican Candidate for Treasurer Has Collections Judgments on His Record

MINOT, N.D. — On Saturday, Jan. 4, I was the first to report that Republican state lawmaker Daniel Johnston, a Republican from Kathryn, would be launching a campaign for state Treasurer. Long-time Republican incumbent Kelly Schmidt has opted not to run for another term. So far, Johnston is the only announced candidate in the race.

North Dakota Supreme Court chambers. John Hageman / Forum News Service

We Can Still Put North Dakota’s Court Records Online, but We Need the Legislature to Weigh in First

Our current laws and rules may have been sufficient in an era where getting these records meant traveling to a courthouse, or at the very least, communicating with a clerk to get them mailed or emailed, but the internet has changed things. Not only can these records be accessed by anyone online, but nothing is

Rev. Christina Martin of Mandan's First Lutheran Church (right) sits among Burleigh County residents in favor of allowing new refugee resettlements at a county commission meeting in Bismarck on Dec. 9, 2019. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Expect Elected Leaders to Lead, Not Punt

These folks talk cynical about trusting elected officials, and beat their chests about the wisdom of the masses, as if a ready rebuttal to that misguided conclusion weren’t at hand in the almost ubiquitous dim-witted ranting of the masses on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The people, I hate to tell you, are fickle and

North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Jon Jensen (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota Courts Take Down Expanded Records System

Our state Supreme Court justices, who are elected officials and in charge of administering the court system, owe us an explanation for how this happened, what they’re going to do to help people potentially harmed by these actions, and how they’re going to prevent something like this from happening again. Continue reading…

New North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Jon Jensen, left, shakes hands with his predecessor, Justice Gerald VandeWalle, at a ceremony in the state Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6. VandeWalle held the top position on the court for 27 years. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Port: North Dakota Courts Say Any Exposure of Your Private Information in Their Records System Is Your Problem

According to state court administrator Sally Holewa, if your private information is exposed in this new records system, it’s up to you to find it and report it to the clerk of the district court which holds the file. Continue reading…

Study Finds Little Evidence That Firm-Specific Economic Development Subsidies Work, but That Doesn’t Mean They’re Unnecessary

We are stuck in a sort of arms race. Every year the pile of billions states and local communities offer for economic development subsidies gets bigger, as local leaders try to stand out from the pack, and none dare stop lest their community get left in the dust. Continue reading…

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