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Media Narrative On Obama Scandals: These Republicans Might Be Overplaying Their Hands

Media Narrative On Obama Scandals: These Republicans Might Be Overplaying Their Hands

Democrats are trying to build a fence around the IRS scandals by building a narrative in which the scandals represent an important area for scrutiny and discussion, but not by those nasty Republicans who just want to score political points. That was former Obama adviser David Axelrod’s spin this morning on MSNBC. “There are clearly

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Heidi Heitkamp For Governor In 2016?

We’re well into the low-ebb in North Dakota’s political cycle. The elections are over. The legislative session is over. Now there’s little to do for the next several months other than speculate about what may take place during next year’s campaign season. One rumor I’ve been hearing persistently for a while now from credible sources

Taking Attendance: Democrats Missed More Work In The Legislature Than Republicans

During the just-ended legislative session I wrote a number of posts about Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo) missing votes on pro-life bills despite pushing herself into the media as a vocal opponent of those bills. It turns out Hawken took a couple of out-of-state vacations while the legislature was in session. Those prompted many of you

Obamacare Is So Great Congress Is Exempting Themselves From It

Obamacare is going to make health insurance hugely more expensive for Americans, and health care harder to get. Unless, that is, you work for Congress. Then you might exempt. Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to

President Gets His March Madness Bracket In On Time, But Budget Will Be Two Month Late

Priorities: President Barack Obama is picking Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State to reach the Final Four. President Obama filled out an NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN for the fifth straight year. On the women’s side, he selected Baylor, California, UConn and Notre Dame to advance to New Orleans. ESPN will reveal his full men’s and

North Dakota Senate Votes Again To Deny Unemployment Benefits To Locked out Union Workers

The debate over this issue which occurred in the Senate yesterday was over amending an existing bill to add this provision. The debate in the Senate which took place today was on the final passage of the bill. And it was, again, a lengthy debate as Democrats weren’t quite done grandstanding for their union allies.

Conservation Groups Get Greedy

The dynamics around legislation to create an Outdoor Heritage Fund have taken a turn to the interesting. Last year an initiated measure to create the fund which would have no cap on revenues, and no oversight from the state’s elected leaders, was kept off the ballot by petition fraud perpetrated by a group of NDSU

North Dakota House Mid-Session Legislative Vote Ranking

North Dakota’s legislature meets only once every two years for a constitutionally-constrained 80 day session. That means the legislative process can get hectic and hard to follow. Which, in turn, means it can be hard to keep track of your legislators are doing. To that end, LegitSlater and I put our heads together to come

ND House Votes For Stronger Voter ID Law, Kills Democrat Ethics And Transparency Bills

In less than an hour the North Dakota House voted on ten bills related to voting, campaigns and legislative ethics. I’m glad Republicans voted in tougher voter ID laws, and voted to move up campaign disclosure dates, but I think they may have made a real mistake in not approving at least a couple of

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