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Did NDSU Lie To The Media About The Funding For Their Airplane?

Did NDSU Lie To The Media About The Funding For Their Airplane?

North Dakota State University has a lot of problems being forthcoming about their controversial private airplane. They tried to exempt it from a state inquiry into airplane use by claiming it was owned by the Alumni Foundation and not the university (that didn’t pass muster). Then they claimed they were going to sell the plane,

Dalrymple Slips Obamacare Implementation Into Budget

There are two aspects of Obamacare that are optional for the states. One is the creation of the health care exchanges, which are the instrument through which the government will control the insurance market. The states can either implement their own exchange (which the federal government must approve), partner with the feds on an exchange

Even After Statewide Smoking Ban, North Dakota's Anti-Smoking Officials Launch New Campaign

Just in case you were operating under the delusion that North Dakota’s tobacco prevention board wasn’t just state-sponsored prohibitionism: The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) has launched a marketing campaign aimed at preventing tobacco use in North Dakota. The ad addresses the $247 million price tag North Dakota taxpayers pay each

ND's Top Oil Regulator Warns Of Production Slow Downs, Wants Fund To Fight Federal Regulations

Lynn Helms, North Dakota’s Mineral Resources Director, says it’s “not all roses and sunshine” in the oil patch. He’s warning of a possible slow down in production (and thus the revenues the oil boom is pumping into state coffers) due to changing market conditions and/or new federal regulations. And to that last point, Helms wants

Republican Legislator Introduces Bill To Stop State Enforcement Of Any New Federal Gun Control Laws

Rep. Roscoe Streyle is on the verge of filing new legislation aimed at protecting North Dakota from any new federal gun control laws. Yesterday Vice President Joe Biden, appointed head of Obama’s gun control task force, hinted at the possibility of new regulations and restrictions through executive order. Streyle hopes his bill would make sure

Democrat Legislator: Call It Property Tax Reform, Not Property Tax Relief

I guest hosted the Scott Hennen Show today, and had as one of my guests Democrat Assistant House Minority Leader Corey Mock. We talked about how the Democrats in the legislature feel about Dalrymple’s State of the State address, as well as some of their priorities for the session, but the most interesting part of

Devils Lake Police Chief Responds To Controversy Over Ban On Booze Sales To "Habitual Drunkards"

I sat in for Scott Hennen on his radio show today, and we wanted to talk with Devils Lake Police Chief Keith Schroeder about his city’s ban on selling alcohol to “habitual drunkards.” Unfortunately, Chief Schroder didn’t have time for an interview, but he did send along a list of facts about what his city

North Dakota's Spending Growth, In Pictures

One of the more useful reports used by the legislature is the Budget and Fiscal Trends report produced for legislators by the Legislative Council. It boils the state’s spending tends down into easy-to-read charts. Legislators just got their most recent copy of the report this morning, and a few of them were kind enough to

NDSU Tries To Explain Away Airplane Use

In a story sparked, I believe, by my post yesterday about NDSU using the university’s private airplane to visit the legislature (it’s ok, news directors, to admit that you get story ideas here) Valley News Live asked university officials about the propriety of using the airplane. And in the story, NDSU claims that not a

Anti-Gun Group Declares Victory Over Heitkamp: "She Got The Message"

Over the weekend Senator Heidi Heitkamp made headlines when she called President Obama’s rumored gun control proposals “extreme.” That got the attention of the anti-gun left, who responded swiftly with an ad intending to shame Heitkamp into submission. Heitkamp’s media flaks responded quickly, assuring the anti-gun folks that Heitkamp isn’t ruling out gun control. “The

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