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Heidi Heitkamp Isn't Running For Governor, Now What?

Heidi Heitkamp Isn't Running For Governor, Now What?

Earlier today Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced that she’s not running for governor in 2016 (during a call-in to a left wing radio show from Washington DC, if that didn’t make it obvious what her decision was). Now what? First, let’s look at what this means on the right side of politics. Republicans, even despite the

Apparently The Reward For Loser Democrat Candidates Is A Cushy Federal Appointment

In 2009, after he lost his 2008 campaign to become Insurance Commissioner, Democrat Jasper Schneider was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Director of the USDA’s Rural Development Office in North Dakota. It’s a cushy job which pretty much consists of going around the state and handing out big checks paid for

Looking To 2016: Republicans Facing Retirements, Democrats Facing Scarcity Of Candidates

With the 2015 legislative session in the books we’re heading into the doldrums of North Dakota politics. There isn’t going to be a lot of activity until this fall when candidates begin to emerge for the 2016 election year. Until then, it’s all speculation about who may be running and, just as importantly (particularly Republicans

USDA Rural Development Director Jasper Schneider Stepping Down

Here’s an interesting development for those trying to read the 2016 tea leaves in North Dakota: USDA Rural Development director Jasper Schneider is stepping down. Schneider is a former lawmaker who ran for Insurance Commissioner way back in 2008, losing by a slim margin to current Commissioner Adam Hamm. After that he accepted an appointment to

North Dakota Obama Appointee Refuses To Give Up Records On Loan To Troubled Grain Mill

I’ve been following the saga of Earth Harvest Mills, a teetering organic grain mill operating in Harvey, North Dakota, for about a year now (here’s an archive of SAB posts to date). Most recently, the Public Service Commission approved insolvency payments out of state indemnity funds for producers and creditors left hanging by the mill. But

Heavily Subsidized Organic Grain Mill Could Cost North Dakota, Federal Taxpayers Millions

I have an article at Watchdog.org today about Earth Harvest Mills, an organic grain mill near Harvey, North Dakota, that has gone belly up. You may recognize the name from recent news reports about the Public Service Commission paying out nearly $1 million from a state indemnity fund to grain producers who got stiffed by

Democrats To Announce George Sinner As Their House Candidate

It appears as though Democrats will finally get a US House candidate today, or perhaps later this week. The announce will come less than two weeks before their statewide convention and months later than Democrat Pam Gulleson announced her House campaign in the 2012 cycle. After breaking several of his own, self-set deadlines for an

Polling Shows Republicans Kevin Cramer, Doug Goehring Way Ahead Of Possible Democrat Challengers

A source has shown me some internal Republican polling on two of the races that will be on the ballot for North Dakotans this year. First, some caveats. This is an internal poll conducted by a Republican source. Also, I wasn’t provided a lot of the details on the poll such as the demographic breakdowns,

Federal, State Officials Won't Say How Much Of $10.4 Million In Taxpayer Loans Earth Harvest Mills Still Owes

Yesterday I posted a response to a FOIA request from USDA Rural Development Director Jasper Schneider’s office which confirmed two outstanding loans guaranteed by the federal taxpayers totaling $8.4 million made to Earth Harvest Mills, which is facing insolvency charges from North Dakota’s Public Service Commission. I’ve been working on confirming what balance remains on

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