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Guest Post: The State Board Of Higher Education Should Apologize To Shirvani

Guest Post: The State Board Of Higher Education Should Apologize To Shirvani

When I read the Minot Daily News June 19th editorial “Shirvani Must Quit Right Now” and other newspaper editorials I find myself “laughing out loud” for the clear message it sends to any chancellor with a vision and an agenda different from the presidents. I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised with the location of

Schafer Column: There's No Need For The Marketplace Fairness Act

Online shoppers last year spent an estimated $225 billion in retail. While that number is significant in this economy, it only represents about six percent of all retail transactions. Nearly 95 percent of consumers still prefer to see, feel and touch what they are buying. Nevertheless, the growth in online sales has been impressive enough

The Cost Of Student Loans Must Go Up

Last month House Republicans passed legislation which would tie interest rates on student loans to US Treasury notes, with a cap at 8.5%. This would have the effect of introducing at least some element of market forces to the student loan market. Democrats in the Senate have a plan, not yet voted on, which would

Dorso Column: Holmberg Selection For Leadership Widens Legislative Divides

Lloyd Omdahl’s recent column about the selection of Grand Forks Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg as chairman of Legislative Managementmade me stop and think. Omdahl’s contention is that a moderation of the political discourse because of Holmberg’s election will make for a better political atmosphere. I am not convinced that is the case. A better case

Despite Oil, Gas And Coal "North Dakotans breathe some of the cleanest air in the United States"

Liberal interests are fond of sensationalizing the environmental impact of North Dakota’s oil and gas boom. The throw around terms like “industrial wasteland” to inspire fear among North Dakotans that the admittedly rapid build-up of oil and gas development in western North Dakota will have dire environmental outcomes. But by at least one metric, North

At This Point Just About Everybody At The Top Of The University System Should Probably Go

I have a letter to the editor in today’s Grand Forks Herald objecting to the idea that Chancellor Hamid Shirvani is everything that’s wrong with North Dakota’s university system. While much of the criticism of his management style may be valid, let’s remember that North Dakota’s universities had major problems before he even arrived. At

North Dakota Isn't Governed By Conservatives

There’s a common misconception about North Dakota, which is that this is a conservative state. And it is a conservative state, in a lot of ways, despite a strong streak of what is often called “prairie populism.” That North Dakotans like to think of themselves as conservative is born out by the fact that they

The Keystone Pipeline Would Save Lives In North Dakota

Traffic is up in North Dakota, and more people/vehicles on the roads means more fatalities. A big chunk of the traffic increase in the state stems from trucks transporting oil. There’s not enough pipeline or rail capacity to take all the oil produced out of the state. But if the Keystone XL pipeline were built,

Dorso Column: Leadership Is Important

If you read my book When Governance Worked you’ll find that some of what was contained in those musings is relevant to this discussion of the recent legislative session. Over the years some things change but in reality much remains the same as when I served. The changes can usually be associated with the different

Senator Ray Holmberg Picked For Legislative Management Chair, House Republicans Not Happy

Even though a member of their own party got picked to serve as chairman of Legislative Management during the interim between sessions, House Republicans aren’t happy. Legislative Management is probably best described as a mini-legislature which is empowered to make many policy and spending decisions until the next time the full session is in session.

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