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Fargo Flood Diversion Proponents Want To Start Taxpayer-Funded Campaign

Fargo Flood Diversion Proponents Want To Start Taxpayer-Funded Campaign

North Dakota has a big problem with taxpayer-funded political activism. One recent example was the debate last summer over Measure 2 which, if it had passed on the June ballot, would have abolished property taxes in the state. Organizations like the Association of Counties and League of Cities, funded almost exclusively by tax dollars, did

Legislator Offers Amendment Buying Out North Dakota Higher Ed Chancellor Because Of "Questionable" Leadership

Yesterday we broke the news here on Say Anything that legislators were considering some sort of a “vote of no confidence” in North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani which might take the form of a buyout of Shirvani’s contract. Today state Senator Tony Grindberg has announced that he’ll be offering an amendment to the

Grand Forks Herald: Tax Cuts Are A "Libertarian Extreme"

It seems the editorial page at the Grand Forks Herald has become more and more shrill in its denunciations of limited government ideals. Though the Herald has always been to the left of the average North Dakota voter, normally the editorials can be counted to be above the sort of name-calling and invective displayed in

ND House Votes To Keep In Place Unenforceable Law

Perhaps the most interesting debate in the legislature today was over a bill that would have repealed the state’s regulation of tanning. The bill was HB1188 introduced by Rep. Dan Ruby, who argued that current laws regulating the amount of tanning a North Dakotan can do are unenforceable. Rep. Ruby believes, rightly, that whatever your

Whoops: Controversy Results In More Ticket Sales For Gun Raffle

I wrote earlier this week about the West Fargo Hockey Club becoming a target for the anti-gun crowd over a fundraiser they’re holding raffling off 200 guns (including scary “assault weapons”). But something ironic happened. As the raffle got media attention, ticket sales went through the roof. “We’ve seen an increase in traffic and appreciate

Schafer Column: Raising The Cost Of Oil Production In North Dakota Is A Bad Idea

I always find it interesting how Republican Senators can figure out ways to raise revenues when we have a huge surplus and don’t need the dough. Case in point, state Senator Dwight Cook’s proposal for oil tax reform. Here are some thoughts: The E&P companies will be required to withhold income taxes for royalty owners

MSNBC Selectively Edits Video Of Sandy Hook Father To Claim Gun Rights Activists Heckled Him

MSNBC is claiming that the father of a Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victim was heckled by 2nd amendment supporters. Here’s their video: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The problem? Well, the video was selectively edited. Here’s a clip I made showing the context, pulled from the full video

Guest Post: Protecting Gun Rights Is Not A "Stunt"

The Fargo Forum editorial board believes that the protection of our inalienable rights is a “stunt”. They prefer feel good “solutions” coming out of Washington, DC. Solutions that will not accomplish the stated objectives but which will take yet more of your individual freedom and liberty. As legislators we swear an oath to uphold the

Private Gun Buyers Infiltrate Seattle Law Enforcement Gun Buy-Back Program

Gun buy-back programs are kind of stupid in that they don’t really accomplish anything, as research has shown. Even for those who believe (wrongly, in my opinion) that fewer guns means less crime and violence, it has to be obvious that the only people ditching their guns for $200 gift cards are a) people who

"So what if abortion ends life?"

Yesterday, in writing about the 40-year anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision I wondered if debating the cost to society of unwanted pregnancies and children wasn’t a slippery slope toward devaluing human life. After all, if a mere calculation of cost to society is all that’s needed to justify a death sentence,

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