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

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 –

Democrats Cleaning House At Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Dakota

Last month Blue Cross Blue Shield had a lot of people in political circles in the state scratching their heads with the hire of very partisan Democrat House candidate Pam Gulleson to a new VP position overseeing the company’s government affairs division. Gulleson’s immediate superior is a former campaign manager for Heidi Heitkamp, making the

Heidi Heitkamp Doesn't Want Bigger Deficits So She'll Vote To Raise The Debt Ceiling

I had to laugh when I heard this news report from Senator Heidi Heitkamp who says she’ll vote to raise the debt ceiling because if we don’t we might add to the deficit. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxsAy4R_jqo&w=640&h=360] Senator Heitkamp must have gone to the Kent Conrad school of decreasing the deficit by spending more. As for Heitkamp’s

January 14th Conservatives Converge On North Dakota's Capitol

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be the MC for the “Converge on the Captiol” event in Bismarck this year. It’s a bi-annual event put on by a coalition of conservative groups aimed for the beginning of the legislative session. The intent is for conservatives and libertarians to come together, talk about their priorities for

"Deficit Hawk" Ends His Career Voting For Bigger Deficits

Two members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation ended their tenures in Washington DC this week. I wrote about Rep. Rick Berg earlier this week, who used his last vote to oppose the “fiscal cliff” deal. It’s interesting to contrast Berg’s last vote with Senator Kent Conrad’s last vote. The self-described “deficit hawk” gave his final

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