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Dorso Column: Build Fargo's Flood Diversion

Dorso Column: Build Fargo's Flood Diversion

In my book When Governance Worked there are two chapters relevant to the legislative debate that is now taking place on the Fargo Diversion. Chapter 7 “FARMERS- The Big Dogs and Chapter 8 WATER-They Are Still Fighting was put in that order for a reason. I’m also tempted to say at this point “I told

MSNBC Personality: "We Have To Break Through Our Idea…That Kids Belong To Their Parents"

In a promo for MSNBC, Melissa Harris Perry says we need to “break through” the idea “that kids belong to their parents” and instead recognize that kids belong to their community. It sounds radical – and it is – but this isn’t exactly a new idea. Around the turn of the last century American progressives

Is Housing Discrimination Really A Problem For Homosexuals?

Over the weekend, in reading reports about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to support gay marriage (made, conveniently, after election day) I saw where Senator Heitkamp claimed that concern over discrimination was a big part of her motivation. Earlier this year we had a debate in the state legislature over adding homosexuals as a protected class

Subprime Auto Loans Were Up 18% In 2012

Yesterday we got news that the Obama administration is pushing banks to make subprime home loans again. Today comes word that in 2012, subprime auto loans were up 18%: The Fed’s program, while aimed at bolstering the U.S. housing and labor markets, has also steered billions of dollars into riskier, more speculative corners of the

Obama Pushing Banks To Make Subprime Loans Again

“Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit,” reads the Washington Post headline. Because it worked out so well the last time we did that. The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say

Sales Tax Collections Fall In Minot Thanks To Slowing Oil Boom

Write this down, along with increasing hotel vacancies and other factors, as another sign that the North Dakota oil boom is quickly plateauing: February brought a second straight month of a major fall-off in sales tax collections in Minot. Sales tax revenue was down 38 percent again last month. Minot City Finance Director Cindy Hemphill

Guest Post: North Dakota's Overbuilt Hotel Industry A Separate Conversation From Permanent Housing

Recently, I read an article on SayAnythingBlog.com that was full of consternation over whether North Dakota is inflating its own “housing bubble” via the Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). The article cited a story about the number of hotels in Minot and worried that supply for all types of housing would soon outstrip demand. North Dakota

Conservatism Vs. Libertarianism

This debate between Ann Coulter, an outspoken conservative, and John Stossel, an outspoken libertarian, is interesting because it’s a proxy for the rift in the Republican party today. I don’t like Ann Coulter, because it seems she can’t discuss issues without being combative in a way that undermines her credibility, but as someone who lists

Is North Dakota At Risk Of A Development Bubble?

For those of us living in or near the oil patch, watching as hotel after hotel is built has become a common sight along with development of new housing and businesses. But are we in danger of supply of housing supply – hotel rooms, apartments and homes – outstripping demand? “Minot hotel occupancy is down,”