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Poll Suggests North Dakotans Strongly Support Immigration Reform

Poll Suggests North Dakotans Strongly Support Immigration Reform

Politico reported yesterday that new polling showed strongly majority support for immigration reform across the nation. According to the polling data from North Dakota, reform is popular in this state as well. Here’s what Politico reported: In a polling memo set for release Thursday– and shared early with POLITICO – Democratic pollster Tom Jensen and

Some Things Are Scarier Than Terrorism

The news that the NSA is monitoring pretty much every phone call in America, and accessing our electronic communications as well, is scary stuff. There may be no more certain evidence of how disconcerting the American public is finding these revelations than the fact that George Orwell’s classic novel about a future, dystopian surveillance state

Guest Post: Rep. Kevin Cramer Told The Truth About Moral Decline

Before It Was History, It Was News is the title of a book written to connect actual news stories with the recorded history of the America Revolution. In this day and age, however, the words to an old chorus might give the careful reader cause to think: The voice of truth tells me a different

Dorso Column: Leadership Is Important

If you read my book When Governance Worked you’ll find that some of what was contained in those musings is relevant to this discussion of the recent legislative session. Over the years some things change but in reality much remains the same as when I served. The changes can usually be associated with the different

Dorso Column: Give Legislature Credit For Pro-Life Bills And Other Achievements

I haven’t reviewed all of the legislation that was passed this session but I think there are some remarkable achievements legislators should get credit for. The following list is not necessarily indicative of the importance of each issue but I think they are significant. First I believe putting the abortion issue in front of the

To End Media Bias, Journalists Should Stop Pretending They're Objective

There are two ideals the media believes, according to Ross Douthat writing at the New York Times: One is an ideal of balance, nonpartisanship and near-perfect neutrality — distilled to its essence, perhaps, by the former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr.’s longstanding refusal to cast a vote, “so that I never make up my

Dorso Column: Last Legislative Days Bound To Be Interesting

After reviewing some of the legislation as it has passed the ND House or Senate I am finding some interesting differences. Just last week the senate voted down the appropriations bill for the State Auditor’s Office. They brought the bill back on Monday. Each house has the ability to bring back a piece of legislation

Dorso Column: Things Change Quickly At The End Of The Legislative Session

The last few weeks of the legislative session are here. As the standing committees act on the last of the bills assigned to them we need to pay close attention. Amendments to Senate bills and vice versa can radically change a piece of legislation. As an example, a bill passed in the House goes over

Dorso Column: North Dakota Democrats Marginalize Themselves With Phony Oil Numbers

I had a chance to spend quite a bit of time with my friend who is a successfully retired oil man this week. As we were driving I asked about the future of oil exploration in North Dakota. He follows developments closely as he is still an investor in what he describes as plays on

Nearly 40% Of ND Teachers Make More Than Median Household Income

North Dakota’s teacher unions want to raise the minimum salary paid to teachers: The “Make the Average the Law” campaign might be bringing higher salaries to North Dakota teachers. It’s kicking off today by the North Dakota Education Association. The goal is to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers to $32,000. Supporters say it’s

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