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The Watchword For North Dakota Democrats Is "Extreme"

The Watchword For North Dakota Democrats Is "Extreme"

A reader emailed this to me last night regarding a telephone fundraising pitch she received on behalf of the North Dakota Democrat party: Hi Rob, Received an out of state call (MN, I believe) from a firm fundraising for the ND Dems. Not news, I suppose, but the call itself is pretty sad and outrageous.

North Dakota Senate End-of-Session Legislative Vote Ranking

Earlier we posted the end-of-session vote rankings for the ND House of Representatives for the 63rd Legislative Assembly. We learned that, even in this the more conservative of the two chambers, alignment of the purported Republican super majority with the conservative values the party supposedly cherishes is far from reality. This is not overly surprising

Guest Post: Let Minnesota Serve As North Dakota's Cautionary Tale

As a returning, former resident of North Dakota I am watching with interest the North Dakota legislature with regard to the piles of money the oil boom has brought to the state and the ways in which those in elected office are spending said tax payer dollars. The following is a cautionary tale to all

You'd Think Governing With A Super Majority Would Be Easier

North Dakota’s legislators are getting the morning off to attend the funeral of former North Dakota Governor Bill Guy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot of work to do. On the 79th day of a constitutionally-constrained 80 session the House and Senate are still miles apart on a lot of key issues.

Democrat Legislators Wearing Art Link Pins With No Hint Of Irony

Bismarck Associated Press reporter James MacPherson posted on Twitter earlier today that Democrat legislators were wearing pins bearing the image of former North Dakota Governor Art Link (who passed away back in 2010): North Dakota Democrats have donned lapel pins with an image of Arthur Link, longtime politician known for environmental stewardship. — James MacPherson

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Can Senator Heitkamp's Vote For Gun Control Be Bought With Exemptions?

The Washington Post reports that Senator Heidi Heitkamp is being wooed into voting for gun control with exemptions for background checks for some North Dakota communities. Which is reminiscent of efforts to pass Obamacare by offering state-specific exemptions from certain regulations in the bill (i.e. the “Cornhusker Kickback” and the “Bismarck Earmark”). In an effort

In North Dakota's Next Election You'll Need An ID To Vote

North Dakota has some of the most lax voting requirements in the nation. There is no voter registration, and to get a ballot you can either have someone else at the polls vouch for you or you can fill out an affidavit which isn’t checked out until well after your ballot has already been counted.

Somehow A 22% Increase In Minimum Teacher Pay Gets Reported As No Increase At All

Yesterday the North Dakota Senate debated a massive school funding bill. Democrats attempted a floor amendment to that bill to raise minimum teacher pay in the state to $32,000 per year. That amendment got rejected, but that didn’t mean that minimum teacher pay isn’t going up. The Senate approved Governor Jack Dalrymple’s budgeted $5,000/year increase.

Governor Jack Dalrymple May Veto Anti-Abortion Bills

Let me preface this by saying that I’m not operating off of anything anyone familiar with the governor’s position has told me. In fact, it’s been pretty silent from my friends and sources who are “in the know” on this sort of issue. I’m not pretending to have the scoop here. This is pure speculation

Math-Challenged Democrats Call Republican Oil Tax Bill "Radical And Reckless" Based On Fraudulent Numbers

Because they apparently didn’t get a number that was shocking enough the first time they were grandstanding on this issue, North Dakota Democrats re-calculated the numbers (which in and of itself inspires no small amount of skepticism, their original figure was $596 million) and concluded that a Republican plan to restructure the state’s oil taxes

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