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UPDATE: Senate Passes Two Anti-Abortion Bills, Mathern Amendment Backfires

UPDATE: Senate Passes Two Anti-Abortion Bills, Mathern Amendment Backfires

The ND State Senate passed two anti-abortion bills in floor session on Monday. SB 2368 would forbid abortions with limited exceptions after 20 weeks of gestation, which is the timeframe at which a fetus can feel pain. The bill passed 30-17. UPDATE: Votes for SB 2368 were as follows: YEAS: (R) Andrist; Armstrong; Berry; Bowman;

Dorso Column: Why Does Higher Education Exist?

As I age I have more time to reflect on my time in the legislature. Time also has yielded new perspectives and a better understanding of the circumstances we had to deal with. What hasn’t changed in the last 10 plus years is my perception of higher education in North Dakota. On page 247 of

NDSU Maintains Insufficient Records on Aircraft Usage

Most often bloggers, journalists, and citizens conduct open records requests to discover what antics and activities their government has been up to at the expense of the taxpayer. As we have seen here on SAB, the results of those inquiries can be very revealing, and very embarrassing for whichever agency or public official was the

Question of the Week: How Much Should Congress be Compensated?

A few days back, House Minority Leader spoke out against possible congressional pay cuts tied to sequester with a rather unique argument: “I think we should respect the work we do,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded.” My immediate reaction when hearing

Question of the Week: What Would You Do with the State Surplus?

North Dakota’s surplus is not new news, and what to do with it has been a topic of conversation not only at the Capital but most likely in every cafe, bar, or other gathering place (including the online ones) dotting the 70,700 square miles of our state. The surplus of course has been the direct

Senate Overrules Part of Smoking Ban

In what is yet another example of unintended consequences regarding the recent statewide smoking ban passed during the November general election, the North Dakota Senate was forced to take action today to overrule part of this law which was brought via initiated measure. SB 2117, sponsored by the Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee at

Benghazi: Panetta, Dempsey Throw Obama, Clinton Under the Bus

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey provided stunning testimony at a US Senate hearing on the Benghazi tragedy, which confirmed president Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were derelict in their duties before and during the evening of the September 11, 2012 attack on the

NDGOP Disappoints on Sunday Opening

The North Dakota House of Representatives defeated a bill on Wednesday, sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, that would have empowered local governments to decide if allowing retail businesses to open on Sunday morning was the right thing for their community. The bill was HB 1437, and added the following key language to Century

ND Senate Set to Decide on 4 Key Abortion Bills

The stage was set today for what will most likely be some very interesting debate tomorrow on four Senate Bills regarding abortion in North Dakota. Consideration of amendments were heard for the following bills: SB 2305, which if passed will require any doctor performing an abortion in the state to be licensed in North Dakota,

Chris Rock: 'The President is Our Boss…Our Dad'

Comedian Chris Rock, most known for his extensive and eloquent vocabulary most often centered around unique applications of four letter words, decided we needed a civics lesson from his own personal perspective after meeting with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Constitution group. According to Rock, the President is now the daddy to the nation,

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