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Maybe The Government Doesn't Always Know What's Best

Maybe The Government Doesn't Always Know What's Best

Based on what we were told was sound science, the government has been on an aggressive anti-salt campaign. In everything food-labeling regulations to actual restrictions on salt use by restaurants and food manufacturers, the government has been working hard to get Americans to consume less salt. But now a new study finds that not only

In Defense Of Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant, according to a lot of people up to and including the EPA. The air that we exhale is bad for the environment, we’re supposed to believe, which has become such an article of faith that even the fossil fuel energy companies have embraced it arguing for fracking on the

Whistleblower Politics Are Effective In North Dakota

I’m beginning to feel a little sorry for North Dakota University System “whistleblower” Linda Porter, a woman who accused embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani of manipulating data before a legislative hearing. How did Shirvani manipulate that data? He compared graduation rates and other data points from North Dakota’s universities to a different set of peer institutions

Democrat Blames North Dakota Suicide Spike On Oil Patch

The Associated Press is reporting some grim suicide numbers in North Dakota which show a 70% spike among those aged 35-64, an increase nearly double the national average of 28%: A federal study says North Dakota had 1 of the nation’s highest increases in the suicide rate among middle-aged people in the past decade. The

USGS Estimate Of Recoverable Oil In North Dakota Increases 102%

This breaking now from Senator John Hoeven’s office. After requesting another survey by the United States Geological Service, that agency has nearly doubled their estimate of technically recoverable oil in North Dakota. The USGS has gone from an estimate of 3.65 billion recoverable barrels to 7.4 billion. That’s a 102% increase. Sadly, this great news

Kermit Gosnell Isn't An Aberration Among Abortionists

As I wrote two weeks ago, one of the most horrifying aspects of the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell isn’t the decapitated babies and grotesque conditions of his facility but rather those who were basically complicit in his crimes because they assisted, or at least didn’t act to stop him. Gosnell was able to

Emails Paint A Picture Of University Presidents Who Don't Want To Be Governed

This is a fascinating report from the Grand Forks Herald’s Ryan Johnson based on thousands of emails from North Dakota’s university presidents revealing what they’ve failed to say publicly about embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. It’s been clear from the get-go that there has been a coordinated effort to push Shirvani out, with the university presidents

Legislature Set To Give New State Workers Option For Defined Contribution Plans

Public pensions, nationally, are a mess and while North Dakota has escaped most of the nation’s economic problems over the last several years, pension headaches aren’t something we’ve been able to afford. Late last year the North Dakota Auditor’s office published some ugly pension numbers for the state’s Public Employees Retirement System. According to the audit, NDPERS

Audio: Legislator Accuses Colleagues, Higher Ed Officials Of Plotting To Push Chancellor Shirvani Out

Rep. Bob Skarphol, a supporter of embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and the chairman of the education subsection of the House Appropriations Committee, dropped a bombshell during a meeting of his committee today. He made accusations of a conspiracy among legislators and higher ed officials to undermine and to push Chancellor Hamid Shirvani out. It was

"Unexpected Savings" Suddenly Allow Sequestered North Dakota Tourist Spot to Open After All

If there is any evidence that the Obama administration is gaming the “sequester” spending reductions to make them as painful and visible as possible, let it be the fact that a popular North Dakota tourist spot can now suddenly stay open because suddenly someone found some money or something after Senator John Hoeven got involved.

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