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What’s the Big Deal About That Gillette Ad?

What’s the Big Deal About That Gillette Ad?

Gillette, the very expensive shaving blade company, has caused a stir with a new ad taking aim at mail behavior. If you have seen it, here it is: “Boys will be boys”? Isn’t it time we stopped excusing bad behavior? Re-think and take action by joining us at https://t.co/giHuGDEvlT. #TheBestMenCanBe pic.twitter.com/hhBL1XjFVo — Gillette (@Gillette) January

Smoke billows from a cigarette at the Parrot's Cay Tavern and Grill in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

Legislation Would Raise North Dakota’s Tobacco Age to 19, but Exempts Active Military Members

Currently North Dakota bans tobacco use for minors (vaping is included as tobacco use, even though it’s a much different thing). “Minors” means anyone under the age of 18. But legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Anderson (D-Fargo) would raise that age to 19, unless you’re an active member of the U.S. military. You can

A sign alerting visitors that the facility is closed is posted outside the Library of Congress in Washington on Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018. (Pete Marovich/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

If the Longest Ever Government Shutdown Teaches Us One Thing It’s That the Federal Government Is Too Large

The current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of America. I’ll leave it to others to debate the circumstances of this shutdown, whether President Donald Trump is right to stand firm on his demand for border wall funding, or if Democrats are right to keep the government shutdown over

Pharmacist, Hope Schnieder unpacks the bottle stickers. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

Rick Olson: If We Can’t Eliminate North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law, How About Modifying It?

This guest post was submitted by Clarence “Rick” Olson, of Fargo, an occasional contributor to the Say Anything Blog. E-mail rickolson@midco.net. I write this column as a concerned North Dakota resident. I have been studying the unique pharmacy ownership law of this state for many years. For the record, I am representing no one but

Smoke rises from the North Dakota Capitol and chimneys of nearly every building and home. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

It’s Time to Stop Listening to the Legacy Fund Hoarders

In 2009 the North Dakota Legislature passed a constitutional amendment to create a fund out of a portion of taxes on oil and gas development. It was passed by the voters in the 2010 election, and the result is the Legacy Fund which has a balance of around $5 billion. Over the years there have

Rebel Marie, left, is a 31-year-old transgender woman and activist. She is pictured with Vyla Grindberg, a 35-year-old transgender woman. Submitted photo

This Time Anti-Discrimination Activists Hope to Bring Evidence of Discrimination to the Legislature

For going on a decade now Democrats have brought to North Dakota’s biannual legislative session an anti-discrimination bill aimed at protecting homosexual/transgendered citizens from discrimination. It’s been the same bill, over and over again, to the point where some (including this observer) have questioned how serious Democrats are about passing the bill. Did they really

President Donald Trump meets with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), not pictured, at the White House in Washington, Dec. 11, 2018.In an extraordinarily public altercation with Democratic congressional leaders, Trump vowed here to block full funding for the government if they refused his demand for a wall, saying he was “proud to shut down the government for border security.” (Doug Mills/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

On Day of Heitkamp’s Farewell Speech, Democrat Leader in the Senate Trashes North Dakota

It’s pretty clear that Democrats don’t have much affinity for states like North Dakota. Even our liberal friends right here in North Dakota often talk about our state as though they wish they lived somewhere else. What’s kinda rare, though, is when Democrats come right out and admit this stuff. Today there was a remarkable

The NDGOP convention opens on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor)

Legislation Could End North Dakota’s Open June Primary, Which Is Good in Principle but Could Be Bad for Republicans in Practice

Do most voters understand how candidates end up on the ballot in November? I’m not sure they do, and perhaps they can’t be blamed. Here in North Dakota, the process is a little convoluted. The political parties – Republicans, Democrats, sometimes even the Libertarians – hold a series of conventions to endorse candidates. First there

Public Service Commission Says North Dakotans Can Be Charged for Green Energy Policies in Other States

The Public Service Commission, in a split decision, recently gave the go-ahead to Xcel Energy to inflate power bills here in North Dakota to recover the cost of building wind energy capacity in compliance with green energy policy in other states. Commissioner Randy Christmann, who voted no, made it clear why this was a terrible

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