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We Should Allow Public Comment Before Journalists Can Exercise 1st Amendment Rights

We Should Allow Public Comment Before Journalists Can Exercise 1st Amendment Rights

The reliably left-wing Grand Forks Herald editorial board poo-poos the idea that “extraordinary places” regulations passed by the State Industrial Commission would place unfair delays on the development of privately owned property. The point here is not that North Dakota should zone the “extraordinary places” being considered by the Industrial Commission (and written about by two

House Approves Amendment Removing Some Special Interests From Outdoor Heritage Fund

Today the House took up amendments to SB2242. Rep. Todd Porter, who sponsored HB1278 which has already been passed by the governor, introduced amendments to this bill after it became clear that some of the special interest groups named in his legislation to a board to advise the appropriations made it clear they’d likely pursue

ND Senate Passes Regrettable Outdoor Heritage Bill

The North Dakota Senate today passed a bill to create an “outdoor heritage” fund. As amended, the bill puts a portion of oil tax revenues (capped at $15 million per year and $30 million per biennium) into a fund managed by the State Industrial Board with advice from a board of appointees from various special

Teddy Roosevelt's Descendent Says Slow Down North Dakota's Oil Boom

Winthrop Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of former President Theodore Roosevelt, has partnered with Bismarck Tribune columnist/environmental activist Clay Jenkinson as well as the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress to produce a video trashing North Dakota’s oil boom (see below). To go along with it, Roosevelt has also published a column in The Daily Beast in

The Outdoor Heritage Fund Is A Threat To Property Rights

In the first half of the legislative session the North Dakota House passed a bill, HB1278, to create the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The idea came from a ballot measure that was derailed by petition fraud last summer. It would create a panel of special interest groups that would decide how to spend $30 million in

Guest Post: Fargo Flood Diversion Would Use Federal Eminent Domain Powers To Get Around North Dakota Law

We hold dear the rights enumerated by the founders, chief among them the rights to life, liberty and property. Our laws limit when and how our government, whether state, federal or municipal, may separate us from those rights. As residents of North Dakota we are protected by both a state constitution and the federal constitution.

Kopp Column: Liberals Don't Believe In Giants

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” –Isaac Newton Newton noted his own contributions to science were made possible by studying, learning and knowing the works of those before him.  His sentiment is echoed by conservatives who study, learn and maintain the belief that moral order is not a

Guest Post: Reviewing Matt Damon's Promised Land

In Promised Land, Steve (Matt Damon) was sent to a small, poor town to lease land to drill for natural gas.  He’s the company’s golden boy who knows how to charm local residents into leasing their minerals.  His job proves to be easy at first, but trouble waits. After Steve pays $30,000 cash to buy the

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