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Print Column: Maybe Partisanship Wasn’t Such a Bad Thing

Print Column: Maybe Partisanship Wasn’t Such a Bad Thing

MINOT, N.D. — The modern dysfunctions of American politics are not the product of partisanship but rather a lack of it. I’m not talking about bipartisanship, a term we use interchangeably with “compromise.” It is a necessity to governing. Rare are the moments in our system of government when one political faction can govern without

Local Politics Are as Partisan and Ideological as Any Other Kind of Politics, We Just Pretend Like They Aren’t

Earlier this year state Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican from Minot, introduced legislation which would have allowed local elected leaders to identify themselves with a political party on the ballot. It was permissive legislation, which is to say that nobody would have been forced into an affiliation. Local candidates, much like legislative and statewide candidates

North Dakota Is Inconvenient For Obama's Politics

The New York Times has a story about festering dissent against the President in the “states that Obama forgot,” and not surprisingly North Dakota is one of them (I wonder if the Times ever described liberal angst over President Bush as “festering”?). That shouldn’t surprise us. North Dakota doesn’t get a lot of visits from

Video: ND Democrats Apologize For Partisanship Over "Milkgate"

In a childish display of partisan petulance, North Dakota Democrats staged a publicity stunt in the state house earlier this week bringing to the floor a bill (HB1421) to fund an extra carton of milk for underprivileged North Dakota school kids (they already get two) with a state appropriation. When Republicans voted the bill down,

North Dakota Democrats: Cutting Taxes Is "Radical" And "Reckless"

Senator Dwight Cook’s proposal for reform of oil extraction taxes has created some surprising bi-partisanship in criticism. Earlier this week former Governor Ed Schafer, who campaigned for reforming the state’s oil extraction tax during the 2011 session, was critical of Senator Cook’s proposal here on SAB. Schafer didn’t like that the bill raised taxes on

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