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The Economy Stinks, And Young Workers Are Hit The Hardest

The Economy Stinks, And Young Workers Are Hit The Hardest

Job growth hit its lowest rate since 2011. The unemployment rate dipped slightly to 6.7%, but only after 342,000 people gave up looking for jobs and left the workforce, driving the labor force participation rate, which measures people actively looking for work, down to  62.8%. That’s a forty year low. “If the participation rate had stayed steady the

Another Week Goes By, And Still No House Candidate For North Dakota Dems

In the 2012 election cycle North Dakota Democrats had a House and a Senate candidate in the race by the beginning of November. Two months past that date in the 2014 election cycle, and Democrats still haven’t found a House candidate. I wrote in my newspaper column before the holidays that Kevin Cramer’s Christmas gift

Lincoln City Council Member Resigns After Police Chief Controversy

Lincoln City Council member and police department portfolio holder Reed Unterseher resigned his seat effective Dec 31, 2013, according to a letter received from the city via open records request today. The request was submitted by an SAB reader after he reviewed the agenda for the city council’s first meeting of the new year tonight.

North Dakota's Senators Are Both Millionaires

The Center for Responsive Politics (the folks who run OpenSecrets.org) have released their analysis of 2012 congressional finance disclosures, which may seem a little odd coming in 2014. “It may seem surprising that 2012 data on the personal finances of lawmakers, the Supreme Court and the executive branch is considered new in January 2014,” writes

If Chris Christie Staffers Shutting Down Traffic Was Wrong, What About Obama's Shutdown Theater?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has found himself in a mess after emails revealed through an open records request indicated that his staffers, and one of his appointees, conspired to manufacture traffic problems for the City of Fort Lee. The mayor of that city had refused to endorse Christie during his re-election campaign. Christie took

North Dakota Republicans Way Below 2012 Fundraising So Far In 2014

North Dakota Democrats and North Dakota Republicans take two different tacks when it comes to fundraising, and a lot of it may have to do with the electoral landscape in the state. North Dakota Republicans have a lot of state office holders, and seem to do most of their fundraising directly through candidate committees. The

Berg Column: Who Is Looking Out For The Little Guy In North Dakota?

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks TRANSCRIPT: Good evening, I’m Chris Berg, thanks for joining us. Tonight’s Point of View topic: Who is looking out for the little guy in North Dakota? Let me repeat tonight’s topic because I want you to take a moment right now and answer this question at home.

North Dakota Property Tax Relief Probably Won't Last

The North Dakota state government’s approach to property tax relief, under Governors John Hoeven and Jack Dalrymple, has been to hide soaring local spending in state budget surpluses through buy-downs of that spending. Cumulatively, the state has bought down $1.5 billion in local spending. But don’t take my word for it. Governor Dalrymple himself used

How Did Democrats Become The Party Of The Rich?

“If you brought back either of the Roosevelts—Teddy or Franklin—from the grave, the most astonishing thing they would find is that the “malefactors of great wealth” have become the benefactors of today’s liberalism, and Democrats have become the party of the rich,” writes Steven Hayward in Forbes. To be sure, labor unions (along with trial

What If The Bakken Oil Boom Was Already Slowing Down?

In one of those turn of events in politics that nobody could have predicted, North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Robert Harms managed to turn himself into a hero for Democrats by calling for regulation of the oil industry to slow down production. Harms’ comments gave North Dakota Democrats the political cover they needed to express