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Heidi Heitkamp: Defiant Democrat?

Heidi Heitkamp: Defiant Democrat?

It seems Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s top agenda item for her time in Washington DC so far is to try and manufacture a political mythology around herself. Case in point, this profile of Heitkamp the “defiant Democrat.” That’s an important thing for Heitkamp. She needs her red-state constituency to perceive her as something different than what

Can Medical Tourism Save America From Obamacare?

Reason has short but fascinating video about the global rise of medical tourism. There may be no greater indictment of the rise of government-managed health care on the global stage than the fact that, along with it, the medical tourism industry has grown exponentially along with it. Government health care is so great that people

ND Legislature Hall Of Shame Week 3: Rep. Bob Skarphol

This week’s Hall of Shame honoree is Rep. Bob Skarphol of Tioga. Skarphol is the sponsor of HB1189, which would seek to target out-of-state drivers with larger speeding fines than in-state drivers while rewarding law enforcement agencies who target out-of-state drivers over in-state drivers with the revenues from the tickets they write. Here’s the text:

Should Out Of State Drivers Be Hit With Bigger Speeding Fines?

Rep. Bob Skarphol has introduced HB1189 which, if passed, would target out-of-state drivers with bigger speeding fines and distribute the revenues from those larger fines back to the cops writing the tickets. Not withstanding any other provision of law, if an operator of a vehicle is stopped for a violation of section 39-09-02 or equivalent

Legislation Introduced Today Addresses Minimum Wage, Divorce Waiting Periods, Drones And Firearm Confiscations

Lots of interesting new bills introduced in the state legislature today. Here’s a run down of a few that caught my eye: Department of Labor HB1369, introduced by Rep. Kathy Hawken, would re-name North Dakota’s Department of Labor to the Department of Labor and Human Rights. Can you say “mission creep?” Drones HB1373, introduced by

North Dakota's University System Could Learn Something From Purdue And Mitch Daniels

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is taking over as the president at Purdue University, and he’s already making some waves. Via Inside Higher Ed, Daniels sent an open letter to university employees criticizing the status quo in higher education. Here’s a list of quotes from Daniels’ letter. See how many of them apply, perfectly, to

Chancellor Shirvani: "Trust Us" Because We Haven't Screwed Anything Up In The Past Six Months

North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani was on Chris Berg’s show last night and got asked some tough questions about higher ed costs in North Dakota. Berg even had on hand a recent North Dakota State graduate who is more than $60,000 in debt. The thrust of Berg’s questioning for Shirvani? How can you

Bill Before ND Legislature Would Allow Concealed Carry In Schools, Churches

A bill introduced at the ND legislature would ease some of North Dakota’s concealed carry laws by allowing concealed carry in state parks and federal parks as well as in schools and churches with permission. From the pertinent section (full bill below): An individual possessing a valid concealed weapons license from this state or a

Colin Powell: Republicans "Still Look Down On Minorities"

It seems odd for the first African American Secretary of State, appointed to his position by a Republican President, would say something like this but according to Colin Powell the GOP has a “a dark vein of intolerance.” So what, specifically, is evidence of this “vein of intolerance” according to Powell? Stuff that, frankly, isn’t

Audio: Dalrymple Says Property Taxes Can Still Go Up Under Property Tax Relief Scheme

I mentioned this briefly in my post about Governor Dalrymple’s State of the State address earlier today, but I thought these comments about property taxes were noteworthy enough for their own post. Since 2007 the legislature has been trying to tackle the problem of property taxes. In hindsight, I’d point out that the legislature probably

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