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Barnesville’s municipal liquor store, Fire Hall Liquors, lost $8,582 in 2016, 2.1 percent of total sales. The city will hold a public hearing about the store on Dec. 11. David Samson / The Forum

Leave It to the Government to Lose Money Selling Booze

Leave It to the Government to Lose Money Selling Booze

The booze industry is pretty resilient. At one point our nation literally had a constitutional amendment outlawing the sale of alcohol, but because demand for alcohol is relatively inelastic the result was a booming black market for criminal enterprises. In that context, consider that somehow government-run liquor stores in Minnesota have been losing money. John

James Kerian: North Dakota Showcases The Power Of Competition

North Dakota’s elected officials like to take credit for our state’s booming economy. Their challengers like to point out that no incumbent every put oil in the ground. Some of North Dakota’s policy makers say that if other states did things our way the country would be in much better shape economically. Others retort that

Marcus Larson: Fargo Forum Insults MN Gov. Mark Dayton

In yet another goading Fargo Forum editorial, the Fool’em didn’t miss a chance to be discourteous and denigrate Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton with overtones and direct insults against Minnesota Representatives and state agencies. Here is the editorial with commentary:   Forum editorial: Dayton should get here Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. If

LegitSlater: Despite Prosperity, ND Shamelessly Asks For Fed Funding It Does Not Really Need

As I was perusing the online dailies today, I came across something pretty interesting which I felt called for a little digging into. Glad I did. Apparently, with all the excitement happening in this state I missed that we had a natural disaster at the end of June of such a magnitude that the President

David Flynn: Housing "Affordability" Not Necessarily a Sign of a Housing Problem

Housing remains a frequent topic of discussion for people in North Dakota. Most of the discussion falls under the heading of “affordability”, a suitably vague term essentially guaranteeing little to no progress on the issue, if it is a problem at all. What is the affordability issue? My suspicion is that people are thinking of

James Kerian: The Party Matters

North Dakota conservatives often complain that we don’t get much for the Republicans holding every office in Bismarck that is elected on the state wide ballot and a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature. Spending at the state level has grown astronomically. The crony capitalism of targeted sales and property tax exemptions has

LegitSlater: Real VA Reform Will Come When The VA Gets Out Of Caring For Our Vets

The weekend brought news that Congress had reached a tentative agreement in principle to “fix” the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA has been in the news recently when it was discovered 18 veterans died while on a secret waiting list for care at their Phoenix facility. An inspector general’s report in May also found roughly 1,700

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 1 and 2 Williston and Williams, Burke, and Divide County Area Guide

This post is the last of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The Districts: 1 and 2 Click on a District number above for

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 16, 22, 44, and 46 Fargo-West Fargo-Cass County Area Guide Part II

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. Due to the large number of districts in the Fargo-West Fargo-Cass County area,

UPDATED North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 25 and 39 Richland, McKenzie, Golden Valley, Billings, Slope, Bowman, Dunn and Adams County Area Guide

UPDATED Candidate information below in bold type This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The Districts: 25 and 39 Click

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