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Not Prostitutes: Energy Industry Provides Jobs And Opportunity For Women

Not Prostitutes: Energy Industry Provides Jobs And Opportunity For Women

“Fracking as an industry serves men; 95 percent of the people employed in the gas fields are men,” ecologist and anti-fracking activist Sandra Steingraber said during a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh on April 6. “When we talk about jobs, we’re talking about jobs for men, and we need to say that. And the jobs

Why Is A Social Media Executive Responsible For National Rail Safety?

There’s been a lot of sturm und drang about what environmental zealots have deemed “bomb trains.” Every time an oil train derails there’s a renewed effort to blame the derailment on the oil industry. Because that fits the narrative of the environmental left. Yet, it’s increasingly clear that what we have isn’t an oil problem but

Julie Fedorchak: North Dakota Can't Be On The Sidelines For Rail Safety

The Public Service Commission has requested about $1 million in our 2015-2017 budget to start a State Rail Safety Program. This would put state inspectors on the job every day to help federal inspectors monitor the safety of the railroads in North Dakota. Other measures such as lowering speeds, improving tank cars and reducing volatility


Not So Much A Rollback Of Oil Regulations But A Change In Process

“Measure would void new North Dakota flaring, oil rules,” screams a headline from the Associated Press about Rep. Keith Kempenich’s bill to change the process by which oil regulations are passed by the the Industrial Commission. That headline set up a scolding and typically intemperate editorial from the Fargo Forum which, as usual, seems to have only

PSC Julie Fedorchak: Casselton Derailment Demonstrates Need For State Rail Inspectors

This morning while guest hosting for Mike Kapel on WDAY AM970 I spoke with Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak about the Casselton derailment last night, the second train derailment in that area in less than a year (thankfully this one didn’t include a mushroom cloud). For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, a

Kathleen Wrigley: What You Need To Know About Julie Fedorchak

…”Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” – Dr. Seuss I was asked to write a story as a guest columnist, for a local women’s magazine, about Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. The theme of that particular issue was “Be Smart.” It was an easy segue for me to introduce Julie…because, well, she is smart. So I

SAB/VNL Poll: Kalk, Fedorchak Enjoy Wide Leads Over Democrats

The three members of North Dakota’s Public Service Commission serve six-year terms. Normally, one member of the PSC is on the ballot every election cycle. Commissioner Brian Kalk, who was first elected in 2008, is up for re-election this year. Also on the ballot is Julie Fedorchak, who was appointed by Governor Jack Dalrymple to

NDGOP Statewide Candidates Cash Advantage, But Dems Close In Ag Commission Race

The candidates for statewide office in North Dakota have filed the pre-general general election reports, and to the extent that fundraising can tell us anything, it appears as though most Republican candidates have a pretty major advantage over Democrats heading into November. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers from the pre-general reports. All Republicans vs.

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North Dakota Republicans Cleaning Up Newspaper Endorsements, But Do They Matter?

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how much newspaper endorsements matter any more. Maybe they did once upon a time, but I think their value has diminished in this digital age where everyone with a blog, a Facebook page, or a Twitter account can make an endorsement. In North Dakota, particularly, I feel like the

This Is What May Be Keeping North Dakota Republicans Up At Night

Could North Dakota Republicans become a victim of the state’s success? Let me explain. By any conventional measure, North Dakota Republicans seem set to have another very successful election cycle. They’ve got a huge incumbency advantage. Every single Republican on the statewide ballot is an incumbent (though two of them – Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger