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North Dakota Indians Suppressing Their Own Vote?

North Dakota Indians Suppressing Their Own Vote?

According to some, North Dakota passing a tougher voter ID law was all about suppressing the Native American vote. That’s an accusation made by Melissa Merrick, the Spirit Lake woman who accused Rep. Kevin Cramer of berating her during a closed door meeting (a claim Merrick herself admits hasn’t really been confirmed by anyone else).

Rep. Cramer Calls For FCC To Uphold Decency Standards

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer sent the letter below to the FCC today opposing a move by the agency to relax decency standards. This comes in the wake of the FCC giving Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz a pass on his emotional and profane speech in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. “We

North Dakota's Oil, Coal Counties Get Top Ratings For Air Quality

North Dakota is a fossil fuel state, with strong oil and coal industries. And from the way environmentalists talk about the state’s energy industry, you’d also think that they were destroying our environment. Not so, it seems. Despite the oil activity and natural gas flaring in oil country, and despite the seven large electrical plants

Who Need More Government Surveillance In An Age Where We're All Watching Each Other?

As is always the case when something like the Boston Marathon bombing happens, we’re going to have a debate about what changes to public policy are necessary to prevent something like that from happening again. That’s appropriate, but most of the proposed changes will be knee-jerk responses that will likely do little to make us

To End Media Bias, Journalists Should Stop Pretending They're Objective

There are two ideals the media believes, according to Ross Douthat writing at the New York Times: One is an ideal of balance, nonpartisanship and near-perfect neutrality — distilled to its essence, perhaps, by the former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr.’s longstanding refusal to cast a vote, “so that I never make up my

Spirit Lake Tribal Elders Vote Out Tribal Government Saying They're "Ashamed"

This is a bit of retribution for Rep. Kevin Cramer, I think, as the tribal government that was swift to condemn him for comments about problems with crime and due process on the reservation just got voted out of power. The Spirit Lake tribal elders, saying they’re “ashamed” to even be associated with the tribe,

President Obama's War On Saving

“I do think at some point you’ve made enough money,” President Obama said in 2010. Here’s that attitude about wealth at play, with President Obama’s budget calling for a cap on savings in IRS and 401k plans: Obama’s budget seeks to prohibit investors from accumulating over $3 million in tax-preferred retirement accounts. “Individual retirement accounts

Dorso Column: Things Change Quickly At The End Of The Legislative Session

The last few weeks of the legislative session are here. As the standing committees act on the last of the bills assigned to them we need to pay close attention. Amendments to Senate bills and vice versa can radically change a piece of legislation. As an example, a bill passed in the House goes over

Ed Schultz: In Fargo High School "Slave Labor" Fills Sandbags So The Rich Don't Have To Build A Dike

The last we heard from Ed Schultz he was being banished the viewer wasteland that is weekend television programming. Apparently that has made him a little grumpy, as he chose to tee off today on high school volunteers filling sandbags to help protect against potential spring flooding. Here’s a quote, Newsbusters has the audio: Broadcasting

Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain's Iron Lady, Has Passed Away

Margaret Thatcher died in London last night after a stroke. She was 87 years old. In addition to being Great Britain’s first, and only, female Prime Minister Thatcher was, along with America’s Ronald Reagan, part of a rare moment in modern political history. A moment when two of the world’s superpowers were governed by outspoken

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