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Commissioner Fedorchak: Stop Pointing Fingers and Fix the Program

Commissioner Fedorchak: Stop Pointing Fingers and Fix the Program

This guest post was submitted by North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, a Republican who has served in that office since 2012. When bad things happen to good people, human nature sends us looking for someone to blame. The PSC has been that “someone” in a recent grain dealer insolvency case that threatens 43

Public Service Commission Says North Dakotans Can Be Charged for Green Energy Policies in Other States

The Public Service Commission, in a split decision, recently gave the go-ahead to Xcel Energy to inflate power bills here in North Dakota to recover the cost of building wind energy capacity in compliance with green energy policy in other states. Commissioner Randy Christmann, who voted no, made it clear why this was a terrible

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Trump Tax Cuts Result in Money Back From Electric Company and No Rate Hikes for Three Years

Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted against the Trump tax cuts arguing they wouldn’t be all that beneficial for the economy. Back during her 2012 campaign she called for higher taxes. During the 2016 election cycle Heitkamp campaigned hard for Hillary Clinton who said that President Trump’s policies “would throw us into a recession.” But right now the

The site of the Davis Refinery, pictured on July 31, 2018, is southwest of Belfield, N.D.. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Judge Reviewing Davis Refinery Situation Says State Regulators Can’t Expand Their Jurisdiction Based on Speculation

The Dakota Resource Council, a local front group for the national environmental movement to impede fossil fuel development, has recently been making a stink about the Davis Refinery which is currently under construction near Belfield, North Dakota. In the past the DRC and other activists have opposed the refinery because, according to them, it’s too

Podcast: The State of the Media in Trump’s “Fake News” Era

  Grand Forks Herald publisher Korrie Wenzel joined me today to talk about the movie The Post (you should see it if you haven’t) and the status of the news media in President Donald Trump’s “fake news” era. I also talked about this post about a Republican lawmaker from New Town, North Dakota, who is currently

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak explains a point at a commission meeting Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Bismarck Tribune

An Open Letter to Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak

Dear Julie, I think you’re a great public servant. I’m glad you’re on the Public Service Commission. It pleased me when it was reported that you might be interested in seeking a seat in Congress at some point, including possibly challenging Senator Heidi Heitkamp this cycle. But we need to talk. Here in North Dakota

Democrat Announces Campaign for North Dakota’s Public Service Commission

A Democrat from central North Dakota has announced – way, way early – that he’s seeking a seat on the Public Service Commission. Casey Buchmann is from Washburn. He ran for the state House in 2016 in District 8 and earned just over 12 percent of the vote, coming in third among four candidates. He says

North Dakota Public Service Commission members (from left) Randy Christmann, Julie Fedorchak and Brian Kalk listen during a work session on the proposed Brady Wind Energy Center in Stark County on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Legislation Seeks to Crack Down on Government Competing With the Private Sector

Should the government be in competition with the private sector? I think the immediate answer most would have to that question would be “no,” but it happens a lot. The government often provides services, both for itself and the public, which are also provided by the private sector. Finding the appropriate level of taxpayer-funded services

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