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Lawmaker Says Relationship Between House, Senate Leaders Is "Worse I've Ever Seen"

Lawmaker Says Relationship Between House, Senate Leaders Is "Worse I've Ever Seen"

I was speaking with a lawmaker friend yesterday who clued me in to what is apparently a bad relationship between House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner. I had both gentlemen on the radio with me earlier this week and they did a good job of promoting a unified message, but

Legislative Republicans Announce $800 Million In "Surge" Funding For Oil Patch

Earlier this year Democrats were making a stink about needing a special legislative session to address needs in western North Dakota. That part of the state is dealing with explosive growth in industry, commerce and population. Democrats argued that a special session was needed to appropriate funds to those needs. Ultimately that idea was rejected

Democrats Cut And Run From Western North Dakota

One of the ironies of the 2014 election cycle is that North Dakota Democrats want to make what they believe is Republican mishandling of the oil boom a cornerstone of their campaign. What is ironic about that is they have very little support in western North Dakota. Meaning their grandstanding on oil impact issues tends to

REAC Building Boondoggle Dumped On The Taxpayers By Unapologetic Higher Ed Officials

“In my 38 years in the legislature, this is one the most egregious examples of thumbing nose at a legislative directive. Period.” That’s what state Senator Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, told Prairie Public about the deal in which the UND Research Foundation, controlled by UND officials, dumped the financially-challenged REAC building onto taxpayers. I’ve written about

UPDATED: North Dakota District 37 Convention Primer

This is the first of several posts which will highlight the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The District: 37 District 37 is located in the

Dorso Column: Leadership Is Important

If you read my book When Governance Worked you’ll find that some of what was contained in those musings is relevant to this discussion of the recent legislative session. Over the years some things change but in reality much remains the same as when I served. The changes can usually be associated with the different

Senator Ray Holmberg Picked For Legislative Management Chair, House Republicans Not Happy

Even though a member of their own party got picked to serve as chairman of Legislative Management during the interim between sessions, House Republicans aren’t happy. Legislative Management is probably best described as a mini-legislature which is empowered to make many policy and spending decisions until the next time the full session is in session.

NDGOP: Voters Should Be Proud We Can Spend Like Democrats

Fresh on the heels of House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner’s column in The Grand Forks Herald yesterday, equating the compassion of the NDGOP with money spent by the Legislative Assembly they control, comes a report issued by the Governor’s Office and Legislative leadership equating the success of the 63rd

Republican Legislative Leadership: We're Compassionate, Look At How Much Money We Spent!

In the Grand Forks Herald today House Majority Leader Al Carlson, and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, have a column outlining what they see as the highlights of the 2013 legislative session. It’s a little hard to read, what with the championing of phony-baloney property tax relief and aggressive spending, but this passage in particular

North Dakota Senate Mid-Session Legislative Vote Ranking

Yesterday we published a ranking of North Dakota House members based on what we considered to be key votes from the first half of the session. Today we’re publishing the Senate version of that ranking. What you’ll notice, right off the bat, is that the House is a lot more conservative than the Senate. That

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