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Dancers make their way around the arena at the Cannon Ball Flag Celebration during President Barack Obama's visit to Cannon Ball, N.D. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Kevin Cederstrom/Forum News Service)
Dancers make their way around the arena at the Cannon Ball Flag Celebration during President Barack Obama's visit to Cannon Ball, N.D. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Kevin Cederstrom/Forum News Service)

Real Sovereignty for Native Americans Would Mean Property Rights and Policy Autonomy

Real Sovereignty for Native Americans Would Mean Property Rights and Policy Autonomy

“The Loophole Economy Is No Jackpot for Indians” is the headline to a Wall Street Journal article from yesterday written by Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, which you can purchase from Amazon at this link. I’m buying a copy as soon as I’m done

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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

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at the Cannonball Flag Day Celebration in Cannonball, N.D. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Kevin Cederstrom/Forum News Service)
President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at the Cannonball Flag Day Celebration in Cannonball, N.D. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Kevin Cederstrom/Forum News Service)

Obama May Not Be Race Baiting, but He Is Dividing the Country

“Talking about race is not race-baiting,” my colleague Mike McFeely wrote in a column over the weekend. His column was a defense of President Barack Obama who has been accused, by some, of race baiting. I agree with McFeely that President Obama is not race baiting. He is not making statements about race with the

President Barack Obama gives the Commencement Address during commencement exercises for Lake Area Technical Institute on Friday afternoon in Watertown. (Matt Gade/Republic)
President Barack Obama gives the commencement address Lake Area Technical Institute on Friday afternoon in Watertown. Seated directly behind him is South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard. (Matt Gade/Forum News Service)

Obama’s Bathroom Policy Is No Better Than North Carolina’s

The State of North Carolina (among a few other states) set off a national firestorm when they passed a law making it state policy that people using public facilities use the bathroom corresponding to the gender assigned to them at birth. Notably, the law did not impact bathrooms on private property. The most reasonable criticism

The wind farm 5 miles southwest of Tripp are spinning with the winds on Wednesday June 10. (Matt Gade/Republic)
The wind farm 5 miles southwest of Tripp (Forum News Service file photo)

Obama Administration Exempts Wind Power From Consequences For Slaughter Of Birds

Back in 2011 Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon tried to prosecute a group of oil companies operating in North Dakota over 28 dead ducks. The ducks were found after a months-long investigation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which probably could have found about the same number of dead water fowl along the state’s

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., stressed the importance of exports and research and development at the 2015 Bio-Industry Summit, held recently in Fargo. Cody Rogness/The Forum

Heidi Heitkamp’s Cuba Trip Was Good, But The Nepotism Is Bad

In my Sunday column today I write about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s trip to Cuba alongside President Barack Obama. Obama’s performance on the trip was poor. “President Barack Obama allowed himself to be berated and embarrassed by the Castro regime,” I wrote. “That’s not just a matter of form. Embarrassing America is the currency modern dictators

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Enough With The Nepotism Senator Heitkamp

Yesterday left-wing talk radio host Joel Heitkamp announced on his show that he would be accompanying President Barack Obama during his historic upcoming trip to Cuba. That was the headline for the article written about Heitkamp’s announcement by a KFGO reporter. A more accurate and honest headline would have stated that Heitkamp is accompanying his

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Despite What Heidi Heitkamp Says, The Senate Has No Duty To Consider Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Yesterday Senator Heidi Heitkamp took to the Senate floor to lecture her colleagues about Supreme Court appointments, saying they should considering any nomination President Barack Obama sends them because they’re just like construction workers or something. “Imagine a construction worker in North Dakota telling his boss that he doesn’t want to do his job for

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp A Possible For The Supreme Court?

The quick answer to the question in the headline is, “probably not,” but since it’s a rumor I’ve heard from more than one source in North Dakota political circles (probably inspired by similar and more substantive rumors around Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar) let’s explore it. “Heard from some in the know in the Dem party

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