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How Is Mandated Ethanol A Victory For Consumers?

According to the Associated Press, E15 (a fuel blend with 15% ethanol) “is currently sold in fewer than two dozen stations in the Midwest, but could spread to other regions as the Obama administration considers whether to require more ethanol in gasoline.” The oil industry has been resisting that expanded mandate, but was today dealt

Fracking Moratorium Goes Down In Flames In…California?

This is a couple of weeks old, but I missed it. It seems that even in oh-so-green California, home to militant environmentalists and a liberal super-majority in state government, the economic benefits of fracking are clear to a majority: Democratic leaders brought their fracking moratorium bill to the Assembly floor last week, and their rank

Despite Wages Growing Faster For Women Than Men, North Dakota Dems Touting "War On Women"

It seems that North Dakota Democrats want to bolt national liberal talking points about the “war on women” onto local politics here in North Dakota. Case in point, this recent press release accusing Rep. Kevin Cramer of an “extreme, anti-woman ideology.” “It is just as wrong today as it was in 1963 for women to

The Solution To High Gas Prices Is Less Government, Not More

There’s a lot of consternation nationally about gas prices this spring, but that’s usually the case. As one of the most visible economic indicators in the market, it seems like gas prices are always making people gripe, especially when the inevitable summer price hikes come. This spring the angst seems particularly acute, especially in North

Financial Disclosures Show Sen. Heitkamp Owns Stock In Companies She Regulates

Here in North Dakota, since the last election cycle, Democrats have been attacking Republicans for supposed corruption stemming from financial relations between them and the companies they regulate. Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, and former Commissioner turned Congressman Kevin Cramer, have been attacked for taking campaign contributions (perfectly legal and 100% disclosed) from coal industry

Wages For North Dakota Women Grow Faster Than Men, Democrat "War On Women" Narrative Hardest Hit

I was floored when, earlier this year, North Dakota Democrats adopted an official resolution stating that women in North Dakota face “emergent danger…by simply being women in this state.” Not just danger, mind you, but emergent danger. As in urgent danger. That’s a little hard to swallow. One could argue that the influx of young

House Raises Oil Taxes: "I've Never Had Someone Call Me To Raise Their Taxes Before"

Earlier this week the North Dakota House rejected HB1198, which would have ended certain tax exemptions for the oil industry, but offset those tax increases with a reduction in the oil extraction rate. Unfortunately, that failed, so the bill came back to the House today just the tax increases and not the rate reductions. Rep.

House Shoots Down Bill To Make Oil Tax Simplification Revenue-Neutral

In a state where revenues are running, in the current biennium, about 67% above last biennium we have no business raising taxes. But Democrats, joined by a number of Republicans, lead the charge to kill a half-cent decrease in the state’s oil extraction tax. The idea was to offset the tax increase resulting from the

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