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Hey Republicans, vaccine hesitancy is killing your voters

Hey Republicans, vaccine hesitancy is killing your voters

MINOT, N.D. — Vaccine hesitancy isn’t just a political thing. For instance, Black Americans and Hispanics have lagged behind other demographics in getting dosed. But, as David Leonhardt reports in The New York Times, “the racial gaps — while still existing — have narrowed. The partisan gap, however, continues to be enormous.” The juxtaposition of vaccination rates and voting trends is

Turns out gerrymandering concerns from North Dakota’s left-wingers was a bunch of hot air

MINOT, N.D. — A legislative committee has largely finalized a plan for redistricting, and the Republicans who dominate that committee apparently forgot they were supposed to engage in gerrymandering. For months the far-left group North Dakota Voters First has insisted that gerrymandering, or the redrawing of district lines to achieve specific election outcomes, was a fait accompli. Jim Fuglie,

How does democracy cope when what’s right isn’t what’s popular?

MINOT, N.D. — Last weekend, I got pulled into binge-watching an HBO show called “Show Me A Hero.” I’m a sucker for an F. Scott Fitzgerald reference and pretty much anything David Simon is involved in. Once I started watching the series, I couldn’t look away. I was under the misapprehension that it had been released recently because the subject

The Mother of Exiles

MINOT, N.D. — With news that North Dakota will be accepting 49 refugees from Afghanistan, I suspect we’re going to see a lot of vocal proponents of our war there, people who have castigated President Joe Biden for his abysmal handling of our catastrophic retreat, complaining about our state taking them in. Let’s ignore these people. Our country, and

Millions unaccounted for, and almost zero scrutiny

MINOT, N.D. — Tara Houska was a campaign advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and is currently a prominent anti-pipeline activist. She’s currently involved in the activism against Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement project. On Sept. 4, she appeared alongside four far-left congresswomen — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri — who were

Democrats push a methane emissions regulation that isn’t actually tied to methane emissions

MINOT, N.D. — Ostensibly, environmentalists don’t like fossil fuels because they’re bad for the environment. From extraction to emissions, they say they want cleaner energy. So it’s ironic, then, how often environmentalists invest themselves in opposing efforts to make fossil fuels cleaner. For instance, North Dakota is putting a lot of support behind carbon capture technology even