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

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.

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

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,”

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

We Have to Pass the Bill So You Can Know What's In It

CNS is reporting that members in the Democrat controlled Senate received both the 154 page “Fiscal Cliff compromise” bill and the CBO scoring 3 minutes before they were to vote on the bill. Of course we’ve seen this tactic used ever since Obama became president, haven’t we? The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation

Schafer Column: North Dakota's Lesson For Solving The Deficit Problem

North Dakota was just rated as the “Best Run State in America”, and there are lessons to be learned as we approach our financial problems in the federal government. President Obama pushes tax increases to solve the outrageous deficit problem facing our country and says “the majority of Americans agree with my approach.” David Axlerod

We've Taxed The Rich, Now What?

I won’t tell you that the fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress yesterday was a good thing. I think going over the cliff would have been better for the country. The spending cuts in the sequestration were more meaningful, and the tax hikes were more broad. I don’t think we’re going to see an appetite

Rebutting Senator Hoeven's Lame Explanation For Voting For The "Fiscal Cliff" Deal

Earlier today Senator John Hoeven’s office sent out a detailed explanation justifying his yes vote for the “fiscal cliff” deal. You can read the full press release here. I thought I’d respond to some of the claims the Senator is making. First, Hoeven says he voted for it because it maintains tax relief for the

Shocker: "Fiscal Cliff" Deal Includes $330 Billion In New Spending, Adds $4 Trillion To Deficits

About those “spending cuts” that supposedly balance the $620 billion in tax hikes in the “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate last night. Turns out, the bill increases both national spending and the ten-year window of budget deficits significantly. The “fiscal cliff” deal that was designed to save money actually includes $330.3 billion in

Silver Lining In "Fiscal Cliff" Deal: At Least It Didn't Raise The Debt Ceiling

There’s not a lot to like about the “fiscal cliff” deal the Senate agreed to last night. It raises taxes at a time when our economy is still reeling, and it raises spending at a time when the country is running a $1 trillion annual budget deficit and can ill afford it. It’s a bad

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