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Heitkamp Still Sending Mixed Signals On Gun Control

Heitkamp Still Sending Mixed Signals On Gun Control

Senator Heidi Heitkamp was on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos today. She didn’t really have much of interest to say – generic pleadings for working togetherness, etc., etc. – but on gun control she was downright confusing. “Are you willing to sign on to some of the reforms that Vice President Biden and President

SayAnythingBlog.com Makes List Of Top 100 American Conservative Websites

According to this listing of American conservative websites, based on Alexa rankings, Say Anything is in the top 100. As of January 1st, SAB is ranked #86, up a few places from #89 in October of 2012. These lists pop up now and then, but I haven’t linked to one in a while. In the

If Only The ND Media Put As Much Effort Into Covering Government As They Put Into Covering Football Games

Considering this a bit of an addendum to my post yesterday about pay for public officials versus pay for football and hockey coaches. Today my social media feeds are full of dispatches from North Dakota reporters and media types extolling their coverage of the NDSU Bison championship game in Texas which, apparently, the Bison won.

Dorso Column: The North Dakota House Trends More Conservative Than The Senate

I spent some time this week analyzing the makeup of the standing committees for the coming legislative session. As bills are taken up by each committee we will have a better idea of the characteristics and tendencies of the individual members and their committees as a whole. That being said, I’ll attempt to give the

Hennen Column: North Dakotans Are Starved For News

I have been spending more time than usual these days in the Capitol City of Bismarck, North Dakota preparing for the launch of an all-new news interview program, called “The Legislature Today.” Hosted by veteran newsman Dale Wetzel it debuts this Monday evening at 7pm on KFYR 550AM, from 8 to 10pm on AM1100 “The

Something Is Wrong With Our Priorities When University Sports Coaches Make More Than Governors

Earlier today I wrote about proposed increases in pay for North Dakota’s executive branch elected officials. Per Governor Jack Dalrymple’s proposed budget, the officials (including the governor himself) would get an 11.4% increase in pay by 2015 over their 2012 levels. People tend to get pretty wound up about how much public officials make, but

Bill Would Allow State Of North Dakota To Get Into The Wholesale Mortgage Business

North Dakota is unique among the states in having a state-run bank. Now, per a bill coming out of the Industry, Business and Labor Committee (at the request of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency), the state wants to be a mortgage wholesaler too. Here’s the language from the bill, which is SB2079: The business

Interview: Former Congressman Rick Berg Talks Fiscal Cliff, His Senate Race Loss And His Future In ND

“At the end of a legislative session, if you ask people if they’re going to run for the legislature again and they say yes then they’re not a good legislator,” former Rep. Rick Berg told me during our interview in response to a question about his future political career. Berg said he’s “excited to get

Grand Forks Herald Applies Double Standard To Republicans, Democrats

According to the Grand Forks Herald’s editorial today, recently-elected Representative Kevin Cramer needs to prove himself on the farm bill. “If a new Farm Bill passes out of the House Agriculture Committee in the next few months, Cramer should make it his mission to ensure that the bill reaches the House floor for a vote,”

Executive Branch Officials Get Pay Increases Under Governor's Budget

Taking a look at Governor Dalrymple’s proposed budgets for the various executive office holders reveals big pay increases. Dalrymple intends for these statewide elected officials to each reap an 11.4% pay increase from 2012 to 2015. Here’s the specific dollar amounts for each office (you can read the actual bills here, look at HB1001 –

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