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“I’m Not Asking for Money or a Tax Rebate. Just Leave Me Alone.”

“I’m Not Asking for Money or a Tax Rebate. Just Leave Me Alone.”

In my Sunday print column I wrote that “aggressive, interventionist government policies seems like hubris to me when the side effects can be so unpredictable.” The example I used was school enrollment dates causing a spike in diagnoses of A.D.H.D. for children with August birthdays, but other lessons on the hubris of big government are

Terrorism Response Should Be Love and Understanding Not Fear and Hate

This is spot-on, I think: If Trump wins the election, a persistent resistance to calling terrorism terrorism will be a major reason why. — Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) September 19, 2016 Caution, and a desire to refrain from jumped-to conclusions, is one thing. A stubborn refusal to embrace reality because it is politically inconvenient is quite

Since When Is Criticizing The Police A Hate Crime?

I’ve long been skeptical of so-called “hate crimes” legislation, mostly because I don’t feel that the identity of the victim should necessarily impact the seriousness of a crime. An assault is an assault, whether it’s a fist fight at a football game or a racist beating up a Hispanic person. Even more odious are “hate

Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Oversight Of Elections

The Voting Rights Act, in part, gave the federal government authority over state elections in some jurisdictions, mostly in the south but also in states like Alaska and parts of New York too. The law was intended to stop discrimination against minority voters, and when it was challenged in the 1960’s the Supreme Court upheld

Guest Post: Fargo Judge Hearing Abortion Cases Cannot Be Trusted

Last Wednesday, East Central North Dakota Judge Wickham Corwin allowed a request from the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, on behalf of the Fargo abortion provider Red River Women’s Clinic, to combine two separate challenges to abortion laws under the same complaint. The move is just the latest in a series of questionable actions

Life Is Less Expensive In North Dakota

According to prototype data from the federal government, North Dakota is among the cheapest places to live in the country. While some North Dakotans may grumble a bit about that – a roaring economy and soaring personal incomes are driving prices for goods, services and housing up in the state – it’s absolutely true that

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

Supreme Court Gives OK To Government DNA Databases

According to the Supreme Court, it’s not an unreasonable search for law enforcement to swab an arrested suspect for DNA and then keep a database of that DNA information for identification purposes. Justice Kennedy writes in the majority opinion that DNA swabs are just an updated form of wanted posters and fingerprinting: A DNA profile

Cramer Gets Heat For Linking Legalized Abortions And School Shootings

Even though it’s not an election year, it’s clear the avenues of communication between North Dakota Democrats and national liberal media like the Huffington Post are still wide open. A couple of weeks ago Rep. Kevin Cramer delivered the commencement remarks at the University of Mary in Bismarck. In the remarks, Rep. Cramer decried what

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