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Print Column: ADHD, August Birthdays and Why I’m a Conservative

Print Column: ADHD, August Birthdays and Why I’m a Conservative

MINOT, N.D. — Ideology takes a back seat in modern politics, and that’s not a good thing. People identifying themselves as “conservative” or “progressive” are associating themselves less with a school of thought than with the avatars representing those terms in our national political war. I’m talking about the cults of personality around people like

Print Column: Burgum Can’t Paint Over the Mold Problem in Higher Education

MINOT, N.D. — I am dubious of a proposal to change the governance structure of the North Dakota University System. The idea comes from a task force Gov. Doug Burgum created to consider the issue, and it would replace our current eight-voting-member State Board of Higher Education with three boards consisting of nearly 40 members.

Print Column: Heitkamps Feel They’re Entitled to Power, and That’s Exactly Why They Shouldn’t Have It

MINOT, N.D. — Believe it or not, the point of politics isn’t the campaigns. Those are supposed to be nothing more than the means by which we choose who gets to do the much more important job of governing. Sadly, it can seem as though the whole governing thing is just something the politicians do

Print Column: Measure 1 Should Be Challenged in Court Immediately

MINOT, N.D. — Measure 1, approved by 54 percent of North Dakota voters this last week, is a clear example of the deep flaws in legislating at the ballot box. I don’t blame busy voters, inundated with messaging from a myriad of campaigns, for approving the measure. Most of them probably heard little about it

Print Column: Heitkamp Drags North Dakota Through the Mud to the Finish Line

MINOT, N.D. – A dangerous place to be is between U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and the object of her relentless, overweening ambition. Those of us who have been victims of the incumbent’s ruthless tactics are perhaps more aware of it than most. Earlier this year, when it became clear my criticism was inconvenient for Heitkamp’s

Print Column: Measure 1 Seeks to Swat a Gnat With a Bazooka

MINOT, N.D. — There are very real ways in which we could amend state law to improve accountability and transparency for our state government. Disclosures for lobbyist spending could be more accessible. They could be more frequent, and more robust in their detail as well. Disclosures for candidates or committees — think people running for

Print Column: The Left Wants to Marginalize States Like North Dakota in National Politics

MINOT, N.D. — As Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court over the weekend mobs of angry protesters sowed chaos in our nation’s capital. For the sin of not treating uncorroborated accusations as gospel, these left wing activists promised they are going to take the gloves off. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot, along with