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‘Badass Grandmas’ doth protest too much

‘Badass Grandmas’ doth protest too much

MINOT, N.D. — The ballot measure which created North Dakota’s ethics commission was pushed by a front group for national left-wing interests called, ironically enough, North Dakotans for Public Integrity. The two women who were the face of this campaign, Dina Butcher and Ellen Chaffee, are rank partisans (the latter contributed financial support to the man who took an ax

University system didn’t provide sufficient oversight on problematic Dickinson State procurement

At best, we have a university president who leaned a bit too heavily on some personal relationships while supervising a sloppy procurement. At worst, we have a significant contract that was deliberately steered toward some friends of the president. Even worse, when asked to provide oversight, the NDUS issued some superficial findings completely out of

Pete Buttigieg, electric cars, and why Democrats can’t win in North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. — Recently Pete Buttigieg, erstwhile presidential candidate and current secretary of transportation, appeared on MSNBC to extol the benefits of electric vehicles we rubes in fly-over country will enjoy if we ever become as enlightened as our more urban and coastal counterparts. “The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are

Amid the chaos, something to be thankful for

MINOT, N.D. — As we begin the week that encompasses the Thanksgiving Day celebrations, I know that many of you are feeling anxious about the state of our nation. You’re feeling beat down. Discouraged. I feel it too. So let us turn to history for an analgesic. In 1921, Republican Warren G. Harding was inaugurated

Secretary of state rescinds recall petition for Valley City lawmaker

MINOT, N.D. — Back in July, a group of Republicans representing a far-right faction of the NDGOP launched a recall petition for Rep. Dwight Kiefert, a Republican lawmaker from Valley City. Among their gripes was Kiefert’s vote to expel former Bastiat Caucus lawmaker Luke Simons amid multiple accusations of long-standing harassment of other lawmakers and legislative staff. Secretary of State Al

If you get two, and I get three, how in the world is that fair?

MINOT, N.D. — “North Dakota plan for split districts gives Native Americans ‘fairer representation,’ advocates say.” So reads a recent headline from a typically thorough article by Michelle Griffith, but I have to admit that I’m struggling with that word. “Fairer.” Is the redistricting plan, which splits two legislative districts that encompass Native American reservations, really fairer

Who could be North Dakota’s next tax commissioner?

MINOT, N.D. — Ryan Rauschenberger has served as North Dakota’s tax commissioner since he was appointed to the position by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple in 2013. Today, after hitting another bump on what has been a long road to sobriety, he announced his resignation from the office. He’ll be gone effective Jan. 3. Per chapter 44-02-03 of the North