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Podcast: Heitkamp Campaign “Enthusiastic but Not Confident” Says Columnist

Podcast: Heitkamp Campaign “Enthusiastic but Not Confident” Says Columnist

Columnist and former Grand Forks Herald columnist Mike Jacobs was on the radio show today talking about his recent column about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign for re-election. He said Democratic sources he’s spoken to are worred that the incumbent has lost votes in the state’s Native American communities. He also said Heitkamp’s staff, based on

State Senator Dick Dever (R-Bismarck) suggests during floor debate that a bill repealing the state's blue laws might be an atheist plot.

Video: Senate Votes Down Blue Laws Repeal Amid Bizarre Rant About Atheists

After the House passed a repeal of North Dakota’s blue laws – the prohibition on some types of retail sales on Sunday mornings – I expected smooth sailing in the state Senate. The Senate, after all, is typically perceived as being at least somewhat less socially conservative than the House. Boy was I wrong. The

Senator Erin Oban speaks against legislation dissolving BreatheND, the State of North Dakota's anti-tobacco agency.

Video: Senate Votes to Kill BreatheND

The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control is a state agency you know better, from their obnoxiously preachy and almost ubiquitous advertising, as BreatheND. The agency was created back in 2008 by a ballot measure, and it was funded by a portion of our state’s settlement dollars from the class action lawsuits against

Senator David Houge, a Republican from Minot, speaks against legislation to limit the number of bills any given lawmaker can introduce.

Video: Senate Votes Down Legislation Capping Number of Bills Lawmakers Can Introduce

SB2255, introduced by Senator Tom Campbell of Grafton, isn’t a complicated piece of policy. It’s quite short, in fact. It limits the number of bills any given lawmaker can introduce per session to seven: This idea is popular with some in the public who complain about the amount of time lawmakers waste on this or that

What Spending Cuts Would Doug Burgum Make?

Bismarck state Senator Dick Dever, a Republican from District 32, makes a good point in his guest post on SAB today. “If a candidate for governor chooses to use terms like, ‘runaway spending’ and ‘billion-dollar deficits,’ he should specify what he would cut,” Dever writes. He’s talking about Fargo businessman Doug Burgum. Even though Burgum

Video: Senator George Sinner Accuses Republicans Of Partisanship Over Sales Tax Bill

State Senator George Sinner, a Demcorat from Fargo, introduced SB2223 to exempt clothing from the sales tax. Originally the bill also would have provided an appropriation from the state to replace local sales tax revenues lost as a result of the exemption. Today an amended version of the bill came to the floor for approval,

After Lengthy Debate, And With Some Serious Misgivings, Senate Narrowly Approves Melicher For SBHE

Despite an abysmal performance in support of his own candidacy before a Senate committee, resulting in that committee recommending against appointment, Dalrymple SBHE nominee Kevin Melicher was confirmed today on a 27-18 vote (he needed 24 votes). The debate was interesting in that every single speaker who rose, even those who spoke in support of

Video: Senators Defeat Bill For Annual Sessions

Today the Senate defeated SB2247 – introduced by Senator John Grabinger (D-Jamestown) – which would have split the 80 days allowed in the state constitution into two annual sessions. One would consist of 50 days every odd-numbered year. The other would consist of 30 days every even-numbered year. The bill had bi-partisan support, mostly from

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