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The State of North Dakota Can’t Give Away Things It Doesn’t Own

The State of North Dakota Can’t Give Away Things It Doesn’t Own

As SAB readers know, there has been a years-long dispute over ownership of minerals under Lake Sakakawea. That lake is man-made, resulting from the Garrison Dam holding back Missouri River water. When the dam was built there was an eminent domain process whereby the government bought the private property which was to be flooded. But

Last Election Cycle Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Marvin Nelson Paid Family Member to Be Campaign Manager

Because Senator Heidi Heitkamp is terrified that Congressman Kevin Cramer might run for her seat this year she’s deployed her surrogates to manufacture a scandal over Cramer paying family members to work for his campaign. As I’ve already written, Cramer isn’t paying them very much. In fact, he spends to be paying his family a

Podcast: ND Insurance Commish Says Worker’s Comp Ballot Measure “Not Something I’m Asking For”

Yesterday I interviewed state Rep. Marvin Nelson about a proposed ballot measure he’s backing which would expand worker’s compensation insurance to workers like volunteer firefighters and mental maladies related to the workplace. It would also move Workforce Safety & Insurance, the state-owned insurance company which has a monopoly on worker’s compensation insurance in North Dakota,

Podcast: State Rep. Marvin Nelson Talks About Proposed Ballot Measure Expanding State Worker’s Compensation Coverage

In North Dakota, worker’s compensation insurance is a monopoly. If you own a business you are required to purchase worker’s compensation coverage for your employees, and the only place you can get it is the state-run Workforce Safety & Insurance. Despite this – or because of it, depending on your point of view – North

Accusations About Oil Regulators Destroying Records Are Political Baloney

A recent news article credulously reported the claims of a Bismarck attorney who is accusing the Department of Mineral Resources of deleting public records. That’s a serious accusation. Destroying or otherwise inhibiting the public’s access to public records is a crime, one possibly as serious as a felony depending on the circumstances. But as I

Democrats Are Right to Worry About Property Tax Hike

Back during his gubernatorial campaign last year Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) warned that the state’s budget problems could result in property tax hikes. “[T]his is shaping up to be one of the largest property tax increases that people are ever going to be able to remember in history,” he said almost a year ago. “Everyone

Constitutional Carry Legislation Had Strong Bipartisan Support

There has been an angry response from some factions of North Dakota politics over Governor Doug Burgum signing into law HB1169, sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), which institutes so-called “constitutional carry” in our state. One trope I’ve been seeing on social media is about how this is just another example of our state’s crazy

Video: House Votes to Block Executive Branch From Introducing Legislation

HB1397 touches on a couple of the peculiarities to the North Dakota legislative process. The first is the tradition that every bill introduced in a given Legislative session gets a committee hearing and a floor vote. The second is that North Dakota is the only state in the union where the executive branch can introduce

Video: Bill Allowing Prayer at North Dakota High School Playoff Games Passes State House

Back in 2015 there was a controversy over prayer at high school sports events here in North Dakota. At the time a Facebook posting of the Bismarck St. Mary’s and Kindred football teams praying after a playoff game on Saturday went viral. The post claimed that the North Dakota High School Activities Association has banned

Video: Citing “Negative Perception” House Votes Down Bill Limiting Liability for Hitting People Blocking Roads

Rep. Keith Kempenich (R-Bowman) got a lot of blowback when HB1203, which he sponsored, hit the national media. He told his colleagues during a floor speech today in favor of the bill that he’d like to play some audio of one of the calls he received as a result of that coverage. “I was told

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