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A bucket of admittedly naughty sounding "Randy Candy" sitting at the candidate booth for Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann.

NDGOP Convention Tops 1,600 Registered Delegates, Democrats Seated 612

NDGOP Convention Tops 1,600 Registered Delegates, Democrats Seated 612

If the state party conventions are a measure of enthusiasm of political activists in the state, Republicans seem to have a major advantage. I’m attending the NDGOP state convention in Grand Forks today, and a party official confirmed to me that they now have over 1,600 delegates registered. To put that in context, the North

Podcast: Senate Candidate Tom Campbell Says He “Doesn’T Support or Endorse” Trump’s “Sh*thole” Comments

The audio from today’s radio show is below. If you want the audio delivered to your devices every day you can subscribe to the podcast. U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell joined me today. Campbell has worked hard to align his campaign with President Donald Trump, so I asked him what he thought of Trump’s comments

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

From left to right, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann

Members of the Public Service Commission Wearing “Fighting Sioux” Jerseys Is Hardly Scandalous

My colleague Mike McFeely sees scandal in a photo of Julie Fedorchak and Randy Christmann, collectively two-thirds of North Dakota’s Public Service Commission, wearing old “Fighting Sioux” jerseys from the University of North Dakota. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know UND retired the nickname/logo after years of squabbling over its supposed offensiveness,

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Audio: PSC Randy Christmann Says North Dakota Doesn’t Need Obama’s Lame Duck Coal Regulation

Yesterday we got news that the State of North Dakota is suing the administration of lame duck President Barack Obama over the new Stream Protection Rule from the Department of the Interior. Today Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann joined me on air to discuss the rule and the lawsuit. He told me North Dakota developed

Market-Distorting, Wind-Friendly Public Policy Needs to Go

The closing of the Stanton Station coal plant in central North Dakota has clearly struck a nerve in the state. This despite the fact that the plant was small, old, and not one that was providing base load power for the region. It got the attention of our Public Service Commission, the folks in charge

Connie Krapp: At What Cost Wind and Not Coal?

Last week, Great River Energy announced it will shut down its coal-based Stanton Station power plant. If nothing changes in our federal government’s approach to electricity supply, we in North Dakota can expect more coal plants to go down—and more wind farms to go up. But before we bless another wind farm in this state,

A $3.78 Billion Bet On The Future Of The North Dakota Oil Fields Was Just Approved

With oil prices in the tank, and a rocky trail ahead for North Dakota’s economy as a result, there came today from the Public Service Commission a glimmer of hope. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which could take as much as 600,000 barrels of North Dakota oil per day out of the state, was just approved

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The Clean Power Plan Butcher's Bill, And Why Environmentalists Want To Ignore It

Last week I wrote a post responding to a letter to the editor published in several of the state’s newspapers in which Dave Glatt, the head of North Dakota’s Department of Health, was lambasted for talking about the potential economic impacts of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. According to the letter writer such pragmatic

Randy Christmann: Clean Power Plan Is Stealth Cap And Trade

In August the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Although this plan has been discussed frequently before and since the actual release, I believe most people have not been told how this plan will impact their personal finances. In order to understand this 1,560 page plan, let’s set aside the arguments

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