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Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks on the Senate floor in favor of Savanna's Act, which is legislation she named after Fargo murder victim Savanna La-Fountaine-Greywind.

Native American Males Matter Too, Senator Heitkamp

Native American Males Matter Too, Senator Heitkamp

With the 2018 election cycle already in full swing it is perhaps not surprising that Senator Heidi Heitkamp is grandstanding on legislation she has named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a Fargo resident and Spirit Lake Sioux tribal member who was abducted and murdered earlier this year. I’m not necessarily arguing against the efficacy of the policy

Senator Heidi Heitkamp appears on CNBC's "Power Lunch" show. Screencapture

Senator Heitkamp Still Taking Big Contributions From Wells Fargo Even as She Demands Jail Time

“I think somebody should go to jail,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp said during an interview with CNBC yesterday. She was referring to the Wells Fargo scandal (she also demanded jail time over the Equifax breach; she’s up for re-election so there’s demagoguery going on) which saw the banking giant’s employees enrolling millions of their customers in

A police roadblock on the Las Vegas Strip early Monday morning, Oct. 2, 2017, after a gunman at a hotel rained a rapid-fire barrage on a huge outdoor concert festival nearby. The gunman – identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock – killed at least 50 people, and wounded hundreds of others, officials said. (Isaac Brekken/The New York Times. Copyright The New York Times)

To Stop Mass Shootings Like the One in Las Vegas Maybe We Need to Stop Morbid Rubbernecking as a National Pastime

We all woke up this morning to awful news from Las Vegas. A man, for reasons unknown at this point, opened fire on a country music festival wounding hundreds and killing dozens. It’s being reported by some as the most deadly mass shooting in American history. I don’t know how accurate that is, but suffice

ND Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread

Audio: Godfread Says Medica Leaving Obamacare Exchange “A Sign of Things to Come”

Yesterday Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread ripped Congress for their inaction on healthcare reform while announcing that the insurance company Medica was leaving North Dakota’s iteration of the Obamacare exchanges. “This situation is one the Department understood to be a possibility but we were hopeful that Congress would come to a resolution regarding health care reform

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Shouldn’t Have Given the State of North Dakota a Dime

“Dakota Access Pipeline LLC has donated $15 million to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) to help retire debt incurred by the state as a result of its response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests,” Governor Doug Burgum announced in a press release which just dropped in my inbox. “We are grateful for

Sheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier, left, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II talk to reporters in front of the Morton County-Mandan Combined Law Enforcement and Corrections Center in Mandan on Saturday, 10-29-2016 about the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protest happening in southern Morton County.

Standing Rock Chairman Who Helped Instigate #NoDAPL Protests Gets Thumped in Re-Election Campaign

The often violent and often unlawful #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline made David Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, something of a national and even international celebrity. He appeared on national television shows. He’s been on something of a lecture tour of college campuses and other venues. He even visited a

Did Obamacare’s Expansion of Medicaid Contribute to the Opioid Crisis in North Dakota and Elsewhere?

Back during their 2013 session North Dakota lawmakers voted to expand the state’s Medicaid program in accordance with Obamacare despite a Supreme Court ruling declaring any federal retribution for failing to pass that expansion to be unconstitutional. Former Governor Jack Dalrymple, though vocally opposed to Obamacare, was the fourth Republican governor to support the expansion.

Minnesota Vikings players lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 24, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports

Your Right to Protest Does Not Make Your Protest Right

I found myself thinking of that old Stealer’s Wheel song about being stuck in the middle. The one with line about how there are “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right.” This controversy in the NFL – and now the MLB – over players kneeling or sitting out during the national anthem

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