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If You Take Taxpayer Money, You Have To Listen To The Taxpayers

If You Take Taxpayer Money, You Have To Listen To The Taxpayers

Certain members of North Dakota’s university system, and some of their apologists, are throwing a screaming fit over the politically-motivated decision by NDSU President Dean Bresciani to freeze federal grant funds from Obamacare intended for a sex education program. Bresciani, whose promise (given his character, or more accurately lack there of) will no doubt last

Are Women In Danger In North Dakota's Oil Patch?

Like a lot of North Dakotans, I’ve grown a little weary of the national media attention paid to the Bakken oil boom. At one point it was novel, and even illuminating, to see the changes in our communities covered by national media reporters who strike a tone which is often that of a stringer on

North Dakota's Oil Tax Must Be Fixed

The Bismarck Tribune sounds a note on energy taxation and regulation that legislators ought to heed: Although the state has become comfortable with surplus revenues from oil and gas (make that expectant of surpluses), the Legislature needs to take a methodical and well-reasoned approach to any long-term financial commitments. It’s not likely oil production will

Legislature Gets Another Bill To Toughen Petitioning Laws

Earlier this week I posted an interview with Rep. Keith Kepenich who has introduced a resolution to amend the state constitution adding a requirement that a constitutional measure put on the state ballot get signatures from at least half of the state’s counties in addition to the total number of signatures equaling 4% of the

Heidi Heitkamp Still Clear As Mud On Gun Rights

With President Obama set to address the nation tomorrow on his agenda for gun control, and with Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s gun control debacle from two weeks ago still ringing in the ears of North Dakotans, the Senator sat down with local media to give us all another heaping helping of dissembling on her gun rights

RINO Of The Week: Governor Jack Dalrymple

During North Dakota’s last legislative session I began a weekly post highlighting a Republican legislator who had further distanced himself/herself from what are supposed to be the conservative, limited government ideals of the party. The postings proved more popular than I expected. I began to get nominations from legislators in Bismarck, and I’m told that

Dalrymple Slips Obamacare Implementation Into Budget

There are two aspects of Obamacare that are optional for the states. One is the creation of the health care exchanges, which are the instrument through which the government will control the insurance market. The states can either implement their own exchange (which the federal government must approve), partner with the feds on an exchange

Even After Statewide Smoking Ban, North Dakota's Anti-Smoking Officials Launch New Campaign

Just in case you were operating under the delusion that North Dakota’s tobacco prevention board wasn’t just state-sponsored prohibitionism: The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) has launched a marketing campaign aimed at preventing tobacco use in North Dakota. The ad addresses the $247 million price tag North Dakota taxpayers pay each

Democrat Legislator: Call It Property Tax Reform, Not Property Tax Relief

I guest hosted the Scott Hennen Show today, and had as one of my guests Democrat Assistant House Minority Leader Corey Mock. We talked about how the Democrats in the legislature feel about Dalrymple’s State of the State address, as well as some of their priorities for the session, but the most interesting part of

ND Dems Put Their Crosshairs On Free Speech In Upcoming Session

In response to Governor Jack Dalrymple’s State of the State speech today (posts about that here and here), North Dakota Democrats have released their own list of priorities. For the most part, they’re really not all that different from Governor Dalrymple’s priorities, though they do a good job getting some nice, partisan jabs in for

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