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Environmentalists Move the Goal Posts on North Dakota Refinery

Environmentalists Move the Goal Posts on North Dakota Refinery

I think most of us are environmentalists. Which is to say that most of us want society, including business and industry, to be responsible stewards of the land and air. But to many, including this humble observer, the term “environmentalist” seems pejorative. We don’t want to be associated with the term, because it in turn

Video: North Dakota Lawmaker Scott Meyer Touts Republican Gains in State Legislature on Fox News

This morning Scott Meyer, Republican Senator-elect in North Dakota’s District 18, was on Fox & Friends to talk about Republicans winning in blue districts: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comMeyer’s victory in District 18 – unseating long-time Democratic incumbent Connie Triplett – was a real upset even in a state as deeply Republican as North

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Be Thankful North Dakota Democrats Didn't Get Their Way On Oil Tax Reform

We’re past Thanksgiving, but here’s something you can be thankful for anyway: That Democrats didn’t get their way when they emptied their rhetorical silos in furious opposition to oil tax reforms earlier this year. The Republican majority in the state Legislature pushed through reforms to the state’s oil taxes in the 2015 session which ended

On Television: Do Democrats Want To Make Policy Or Make Headlines?

Do Democrats care about making good policy, or making headlines? On my television segment last night with Chris Berg on Valley News Live (watch it here) we discussed the news I broke yesterday regarding legislative Democrats and their treatment of one of their own who broke ranks on the oil tax reform bill. Senator Connie

Democrats Furious When One Of Their Own Breaks Ranks On Oil Tax Reform

UPDATE: This amendment was passed by the Senate committee on a 6-1 vote. All Republicans on the committee voted yes. The two Democrats split their votes. Dating back to the 2014 campaign season when they were making political hay about “tax cuts for big oil” (they targeted Senator Lonnie Laffen in particular) North Dakota Democrats have invested themselves


North Dakota Is Creating A Special Fund For Suing The Federal Government

North Dakota is a state where the economy is dominated by industry. Agriculture and energy, specifically. As such, there is always a lot of tension between the state and the federal government when it comes to regulating those industries. Generally, the State of North Dakota and its industries would just as soon the federal government

Video: ND Senate Passes Early Childhood Education Voucher Program

The early childhood education bill – SB2151 – which passed the state Senate today on a 33-14 vote is sort of a mixed bag. On one hand, the bills most outspoken proponents are the technocrats who seem to believe that the earlier we can stuff kids into the public education system assembly line the better

Dalrymple Higher Ed Board Nominee Embarrassed Himself In Front Of Senate Committee

Last week Kevin Melicher, one of Governor Jack Dalrymple’s nominees to fill four vacancies on the State Board of Higher Education, got a hearing before a state Senate committee. It didn’t go well. “As many as 20 senators sat in in his hearing where he embarrassed himself by not having basic knowledge he could have

Drama: Democrats Attempt To "Neuter" Civics Bill With Last Minute Floor Amendment

The Senate today took up HB1087, which is the civics testing bill that has received a lot of attention from the media. The bill was fast-tracked through the House (normally the House and Senate don’t exchange bills until crossover at the end of February), and it was pushed through the Senate quickly as well so