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We Can Blame Cramer For The Farm Bill, But Not Heitkamp For Keystone?

We Can Blame Cramer For The Farm Bill, But Not Heitkamp For Keystone?

Yesterday I was pretty critical of how Rep. Kevin Cramer was handling the farm bill. Instead of standing on principle and talking about the legions of problems with that bill – not the least of which is the fact that controversial food stamps spending comprises roughly 80% of the appropriations in it – he chose

UND's Vice Presidents Circling The Wagons Around Kelley

After outgoing Chancellor Hamid Shirvani ripped UND President Robert Kelley (and a couple of others) in an assessment, a who’s-who of the university’s bloated administration is circling the wagons around him. Shirvani recommended no salary increase for Kelley (he’s already making north of $340,000/year) and only a one-year contract extension, but Kelley’s minions want their

North Dakota Chamber Of Commerce Begs Locals To Cut Property Taxes

When it comes to taxing and spending policy, there is no area causing North Dakotans more consternation than property taxes. Last year a group of conservative citizens put on the ballot a measure to abolish property taxes, but it was soundly defeated after a vicious attack campaign lead by the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce

Dorso Column: Great Philosophers And Rejected Legislative Studies

Monday the 3rd we leave for England where I get to remove some more from the old bucket list. We will go to Normandy to be reminded of the tremendous price patriots have paid for our individual freedoms. I also intend to see most of the sights in London but I am most interested in

Is North Dakota For Sale To Conservation Groups?

Over the Memorial Day weekend my family and I stopped off at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn (often derided as the world’s most expensive highway rest area by our legislators). The exhibits were underwhelming, to say the least, certainly not worth the more than $20 it cost my family to get in

North Dakota Isn't The Only State Plagued With Spend-Happy Republicans

“What courage really is is, in the face of having a surplus, when you have an opportunity to spend spend spend other people‚Äôs money, that you still choose to rein in government,” said Sarah Palin in 2012 in comments directed that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Those words came to mind as I read this

With Approved Increases, Tuition At North Dakota's Largest Universities Up 115% Since 2002

Earlier this week the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education went along with a plan for tuition increases promoted by the university presidents and opposed by Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. These are just approved maximums, which technically means that the actual tuition increases might be lower, given the university presidents argued for these maximums on

Whistleblower Politics Are Effective In North Dakota

I’m beginning to feel a little sorry for North Dakota University System “whistleblower” Linda Porter, a woman who accused embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani of manipulating data before a legislative hearing. How did Shirvani manipulate that data? He compared graduation rates and other data points from North Dakota’s universities to a different set of peer institutions

Board Of Higher Ed Approves Average 4.1% Tuition Hike

With a representative for the North Dakota Student Association arguing for the increases, as well as Sidney Hull the student member of the State Board of Higher Education, North Dakota’s students got hit with another heavy tuition increase. The average across all the universities is about 4.1%. Chancellor Shirvani opposed the increases which were proposed

North Dakota Is Way Out On A Limb On Higher Education

Michael Barone has a fantastic column today in National Review which contains a succinct timeline for America’s higher education bubble. What should be scary for North Dakotans is that the state’s approach to higher education is emblematic of every single one of these problems. For instance, Barone mentions the practice of packing campuses by giving

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