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Arcane Zoning Regulations Getting In The Way Of Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Arcane Zoning Regulations Getting In The Way Of Hurricane Sandy Recovery

To here some tell it, the delays in rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy have everything to do with Congress which, thanks to House Republicans, has been reticent to simply throw money around. But how about some blame for the arcane building codes and zoning regulations which are making rebuilding a Kafkaesque ordeal? We’d had about a

Dorso Column: What Was Blue Cross Thinking?

What are they thinking? BCBS of ND hires a Democrat, Paul von Ebers as their CEO.  That wouldn’t bother most but then he hires Denise Kolpack a known Democrat operative, and former campaign manager for North Dakota’s junior Senator Heidi Heitkamp, as Chief of Staff.   Even that might be passed over as a legitimate move

Due To High Taxes, Sixty Percent Of New York Cigarettes Are Bootlegged

Wow: A new study released by the Tax Foundation shows that over 60 percent of cigarettes are smuggled in to New York to avoid the state’s high cigarette taxes. The smuggled cigarettes are usually transported from states with lower taxes on cigarettes. New York State has some of the highest cigarette taxes in the nation

ND's Top Oil Regulator Warns Of Production Slow Downs, Wants Fund To Fight Federal Regulations

Lynn Helms, North Dakota’s Mineral Resources Director, says it’s “not all roses and sunshine” in the oil patch. He’s warning of a possible slow down in production (and thus the revenues the oil boom is pumping into state coffers) due to changing market conditions and/or new federal regulations. And to that last point, Helms wants

Five Inconvenient Facts For Gun Control Proponents

Here’s an excellent video from Reason detailing five facts about guns that are pretty devastating to the case for tough new regulations and controls on gun sales, purchases and ownership. First, the violent crime numbers (including numbers for gun violence) have been declining in the Unites States for decades. Second, this decline in crime has

Republican Legislator Introduces Bill To Stop State Enforcement Of Any New Federal Gun Control Laws

Rep. Roscoe Streyle is on the verge of filing new legislation aimed at protecting North Dakota from any new federal gun control laws. Yesterday Vice President Joe Biden, appointed head of Obama’s gun control task force, hinted at the possibility of new regulations and restrictions through executive order. Streyle hopes his bill would make sure

It Will Take At Least 6 More Years To Get Unemployment To 6.5%

Remember when George W. Bush was President and the media considered an unemployment rate over 5% to be sign of a terrible economy? Well according to two new analysis of our current economy, it may take at least six more years for the nation to get to 6.5% unemployment. The most important part of the

Dalrymple's State Of The State

If you missed Governor Jack Dalrymple’s State of the State address today, you should be able to catch the archive here, and the gov’s press release is below. You can fast forward through about the first 30 minutes of nonsense. Only in government does it take 30 minutes to usher people into a room and

Health Insurance Premiums Going Up By Double-Digit Amounts Under Obamacare

Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act as it is officially known, was supposed to make health insurance cheaper and easier to get. But thanks to a raft of new regulations, taxes and mandates put in place by the law insurance premiums are increasing faster than before the law. And small business owners, as well as

Obamacare Means Less Hiring In 2013

Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act as it is officially known, has been held up by its supporters as a boon to working-class Americans. It was supposedly going to make health insurance, and health care, more affordable (thus the name) and easier to get. The reality, unfortunately, is that the bill institutes big new taxes

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