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After Disastrous 2016 Election Cycle ND Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen Stepping Down to Run for Tax Commissioner

After Disastrous 2016 Election Cycle ND Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen Stepping Down to Run for Tax Commissioner

It’s pretty unusual in state politics that the leaders of both of the state’s major political parties are stepping down from those positions to take a run at statewide elected office. First it was NDGOP chair (and state Senator) Kelly Armstrong announcing that he’ll be running for the U.S. House. He’ll be making that announcement

Aaron and Cindy Krauter at their farm outside Regent. (Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press)

Democrats Encouraging Former Obama Appointee Aaron Krauter to Run for the U.S. House

Back in October I wrote about Aaron Krauter, an Obama appointee and a former state lawmaker, clearly being interested in getting back into North Dakota politics. Krauter left his federal appointment to the Farm Service Agency with the election of President Donald Trump, and had a one year cool down period where he couldn’t get

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announces his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination for North Dakota Tax Commissioner office on Wednesday, Feb.5, 2014, at the Fargo Holiday Inn. David Samson / The Forum

Podcast: Rauschenberger Says Struggle With Alcohol “Has Not Impacted My Job”

The audio from today’s radio show is below. If you want the audio of every show delivered directly to your device, subscribe to the podcast. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger joined me on air today. He’s seeking a second full term in office. He was appointed by former Governor Jack Dalrymple to the Cory Font’s uncompleted

Only Democrats Could Describe a Billion Dollar Tax Hike as Though It Were a Tax Cut

From the “if you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it” department, consider this letter to the editor from former Democratic state lawmaker Ben Vig. In it Vig blames Republican lawmakers for creating a “budget conundrum.” That’s true, as far as it goes. Majority Republican lawmakers grow state government too far and too

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger under arrest for DUI on September 30.

It Wasn’t the Governor’s Job to Announce the Tax Commissioner’s DUI

North Dakota’s Democrats and their propagandists in the media are trying to manufacture a phony-baloney controversy over Governor Doug Burgum knowing about Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s DUI for weeks before Rauschenberger himself announced the arrest to the public. Here’s the Democrats banging that drum on Twitter: North Dakotans deserve to know why this news wasn’t

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger is arrested for drunk driving Sept. 30, 2017, in Mandan, N.D., in this screenshot of a Highway Patrol video of the incident.

Tax Commissioner Lying During DUI Arrest Is Unacceptable

Yesterday the North Dakota Highway Patrol released to the public video of Tax Commissioner Ryan Raushchenberger’s arrest for DUI back in September. He pleaded guilty to those charges earlier this week. Here’s the video: A defense attorney I spoke with said the sentencing Rauschenberger faced was typical, but another disturbing fact came out of the

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announces his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination for North Dakota Tax Commissioner office on Wednesday, Feb.5, 2014, at the Fargo Holiday Inn. David Samson / The Forum

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger Is Testing North Dakota’s New Attitudes on Addiction

Ryan Rauschenberger, North Dakota’s Republican tax commissioner, is an extremely intelligent and competent man. A dedicated public servant. On a personal level, he’s a warm and genuinely nice person. Rare things in the world of politics. Which is why it’s heartbreaking to watch as he deals with alcohol addiction. Back in September of 2014 I

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announces his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination for North Dakota Tax Commissioner office on Wednesday, Feb.5, 2014, at the Fargo Holiday Inn. David Samson / The Forum

Podcast: ND Tax Commissioner Says Trump Tax Plan Could Impact State Revenues

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says he generally likes what he’s hearing so far when it comes to the tax reforms President Donald Trump is pursuing. “I’m supporting the effort maybe even more so than a lot of the legislation,” he told me during an interview on my radio show yesterday (info on live

Trying to Solve a Spending Problem With Tax Hikes Is a Fool’s Errand

Here’s a simple truth about governance: Spending increases are easy. Spending cuts are really, really hard. North Dakota is currently learning that lesson. Per data put together by Legislative Council, our state’s general fund spending increased more than 167 percent from the 2007-2009 biennium to the peak of the oil boom in the 2013-2015 biennium.

Veterans march with activists near Backwater Bridge just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Tax Status of #NoDAPL Protest Contributions Is a Gray Area

Back in early December I wrote that the #NoDAPL movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline had taken in, at that time, over $11.2 million through some 285 different online fundraising accounts. That’s a lot of money flowing to a lot of different places, most of which seem to be individuals or groups without any sort

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