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From the Left: Michele Bachmann Leaves Congressional Subsidy Behind

From the Left: Michele Bachmann Leaves Congressional Subsidy Behind

Tuesday morning, I was shocked to check my morning news feed and find out that Congresswomen Michele Bachmann (R-MN) would leave Congress at the end of her fourth term in office. This is a good thing for all Americans and a great thing for both Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. Bachmann has

Dorso Column: Holmberg Selection For Leadership Widens Legislative Divides

Lloyd Omdahl’s recent column about the selection of Grand Forks Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg as chairman of Legislative Managementmade me stop and think. Omdahl’s contention is that a moderation of the political discourse because of Holmberg’s election will make for a better political atmosphere. I am not convinced that is the case. A better case

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

Dorso Column: North Dakota Is Going Down A Bad Road On Property Taxes

The legislative session is over. As usual the governor and the legislative leaders have press conferences and issue press releases that extol the effort that was put forth for the citizens of North Dakota. I know how that works as I did the same thing over a decade ago. The reality is that as you

House Raises Oil Taxes: "I've Never Had Someone Call Me To Raise Their Taxes Before"

Earlier this week the North Dakota House rejected HB1198, which would have ended certain tax exemptions for the oil industry, but offset those tax increases with a reduction in the oil extraction rate. Unfortunately, that failed, so the bill came back to the House today just the tax increases and not the rate reductions. Rep.

Dorso Column: Last Legislative Days Bound To Be Interesting

After reviewing some of the legislation as it has passed the ND House or Senate I am finding some interesting differences. Just last week the senate voted down the appropriations bill for the State Auditor’s Office. They brought the bill back on Monday. Each house has the ability to bring back a piece of legislation

Dorso Column: Things Change Quickly At The End Of The Legislative Session

The last few weeks of the legislative session are here. As the standing committees act on the last of the bills assigned to them we need to pay close attention. Amendments to Senate bills and vice versa can radically change a piece of legislation. As an example, a bill passed in the House goes over

Medicaid Expansion May Cost North Dakota $0.25 For Every Dollar In Federal Money Accepted

The Senate will be addressing HB1362, which includes an expansion of the state Medicaid program as called for by Obamacare, some time this week. It was on the chamber’s calendar for yesterday, but they never brought it up on the floor. But before the Senators sign off on what the House already voted for, it’s

Heidi Heitkamp Announces Support For Gay Marriage

Senator Heidi Heitkamp just put out this statement about gay marriage after weeks of pressure from left-wing groups targeting her as being one of just a few remaining Demcorats who were opposed: “In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should

North Dakota Flagged As State Not Submitting Mental Health Records For Background Checks

The Great Falls Tribune notes some data from the anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns (NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group) which indicates that five states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming – have flagged only 13 people who would be disqualified from owning guns (via Aaron Flint): WASHINGTON — Only 13 people in

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