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Democratic U.S.  presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  - TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

North Dakota Democrats Struggling to Raise Money for National Delegates

North Dakota Democrats Struggling to Raise Money for National Delegates

It’s not just Democratic candidates who are having a hard time attracting support this election cycle. According to posts in a closed Facebook group for Bismarck area liberals the party is also struggling to raise funds for its delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With the convention set to begin Monday, organizers have

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Our Increasingly Orwellian Society

America is a fractured place these days, but the problem isn’t just ideology. Democratic societies have been divided along philosophical lines for about as long as there’s been democracy. So it goes. What’s troubling is our growing disdain for those who disagree with us and the bizarre ways in which that is manifesting itself. For

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, on Thursday night. REUTERS/Jim Young

For the First Time I Think Donald Trump Could Actually Win This Thing

I’m not a fan of Donald Trump. I think I’ve made that abundantly clear. I am a fan of Trump supporter Peter Thiel who addressed the RNC convention last night ahead of Trump’s acceptance of the party’s presidential nomination (more on that in a later post). But Trump? I still don’t get it. That said,

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The Fargo City Commission discussed and approved a $660,000 property tax exemption for FedEx on July 18, 2016.

Fargo and FedEx Are Between a Rock and a Hard Place on Property Tax Exemption

Earlier this week I wrote about the City of Fargo giving FedEx a $660,000 property tax exemption (here’s a summary) for a new facility they’re building at the airport there. The commission approved the exemption despite a representative for the company telling city commissioners that the company would build the facility without it. It seems

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House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad speaks at the capitol in Bismarck as Senator Mac Schneider, right, looks on.

Democrats Offer “Responsible Alternative” to Special Session Bill They Haven’t Even Seen Yet

The Democrats have announced that they will be announcing a “reasonable alternative” to the Republican plan for the special session Governor Jack Dalrymple called next month. That would be a “reasonable alternative” to something the Republicans haven’t even made public yet. If you needed evidence that North Dakota’s thoroughly-marginalized and mostly irrelevant Democrats are interested

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That Awkward Moment When North Dakota Trump Supporter Gary Emineth Realizes His Candidate Is a Thug

There was some poetic justice for former NDGOP chairman Gary Emineth at the Republican National Convention today. In case you weren’t paying attention the RNC – working hand-in-hand with the Trump campaign – quashed an effort from delegates on the floor of the convention to get a state-by-state roll call vote on party rule changes.

Chase Iron Eyes speaks at the Eliot Glassheim announcement of his Senate campaign at the town square in Grand Forks, N.D. on July 14, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)
Chase Iron Eyes speaks at the Eliot Glassheim announcement of his Senate campaign at the town square in Grand Forks, N.D. on July 14, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

Native American Candidates Get Little Financial Support From North Dakota Democrats

Last month the Democratic and Republican candidates for the U.S. House filed their pre-primary fundraising reports, and we learned that Democratic challenger Chase Iron Eyes was way behind Republican incumbent Kevin Cramer in terms of dollars raised. On Friday both candidates filed their July quarterly fundraising reports, and it’s clear that Iron Eyes simply isn’t

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Great River Energy's Stanton Station power plant. Photo courtesy of Great River Energy

Congressman Kevin Cramer: Stanton Station Coal Plant Closing “Is Just the First Casualty Here in North Dakota”

Yesterday we got news that Great River Energy is shuttering its Stanton Station coal-fired power plant, putting about 65 people out of a job. In their announcement the company referenced the rising costs of regulation as one reason for the decision. During an interview with Congressman Kevin Cramer yesterday while I was sitting in for

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War on Coal: Great River Energy Closing Stanton Station Plant

Citing low prices and the current economic environment, Great River Energy has announced that they’ll be closing their Stanton Station plant in Mercer County. There has been plenty of national news about coal plants closing, but this is the first news of a coal-fired power plant closing in North Dakota. Here’s the press release from

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