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Guest Post: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

Guest Post: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

This guest post was submitted by Bette Grande, a former lawmaker who served in the state House of Representatives from 1997 to 2014. During my time in the North Dakota Legislature, I learned that Bills, even bad ones, had a way of popping up session after session. It works the same for laws that failed to perform

LIVE at 3 P.m.: How Many Wind Turbines Do You Want in Your Back Yard? Watch the Discussion

“Rural America gets bad vibrations from Big Wind,” Robert Bryce wrote recently for the Wall Street Journal. He notes that President Joe Biden’s administration is pushing for “tens of thousands of wind turbines,” but asks, “where, exactly, will all those turbines be built?” It’s a good question. Many Americans, even those who support the concept of wind energy, may not

LIVE at 11 A.m.: What Could Upset the Apple Cart in the Coal Creek Station Deal? an Update From McLean County

Coal Creek Station is North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant and, for a while, it was slated for closure, thanks to a long-running political campaign to tilt the energy markets away from coal, with environmental activists and political partisans cheering its demise. Then, a reprieve. Current owner Great River Energy is close to a deal with a buyer

LIVE at 1 P.m.: Conservative Rob Port Talks With Former Democratic Congressman Earl Pomeroy About the State of Politics

Earl Pomeroy served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1980 to 1985, as state Insurance Commissioner from 1985 to 1992, and as the state’s at-large member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2010. He knows a thing or two about state politics. And national politics. He joins this episode of Plain

Is This New North Dakota Law an Affront to Academic Freedom? Watch the Discussion and Join the Chat Live at 2 P.m.

Earlier this year North Dakota’s lawmakers approved a bill that prohibited institutions in the state’s university system from working with groups that promote abortion. The bill, as passed, also included a financial penalty, denying matching state fundraising dollars for campuses that ran afoul of the provision. The impetus for the legislation was a long-standing grant

LIVE at 11 A.m.: Companies Promise Jobs to Get Government Support, but Is Anyone Checking if They Follow Through? Rob Port and Tony Gehrig Discuss

A company or organization wants to start some project with economic development assistance from the government. They make applications to state boards or local governments, and in those applications they make promises. They’ll create jobs, they say. They’ll generate tax revenue. And when the tax breaks or subsidies are approved, the politicians doing the approving