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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat from North Dakota, addresses a crowd at the F-M Labor Temple in Fargo on Monday, Aug. 15. Robin Huebner / The Forum

Maybe Heidi Heitkamp’s State of the Union Guest Wishes She’d Voted for Tax Reform

Maybe Heidi Heitkamp’s State of the Union Guest Wishes She’d Voted for Tax Reform

Part of the political theater surrounding the annual State of the Union address is politicians making hay with the guests they invite. Case in point, to this week’s address, Senator Heidi Heitkamp invited Dennis Kooren. He’s a former UPS driver who has been “a leader of the effort to protect the pensions of North Dakota

Kim Davis Standing For Religious Liberty At The State Of The Union Is Dumb

I don’t understand why Kim Davis – the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue licenses for homosexuals – is being held up as a symbol for religious liberty. Yet that seems to be exactly what is happening. Davis will be attending President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address alongside Mat Staver, the founder

Is There A Gender Wage Gap, Or Do Men And Women Just Make Different Choices?

During his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama promised action on the gender wage gap. “Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns,” he said. “That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal

The State Of The Union Spectacle Is Unbecoming To America

I originally published this last year, but I think it’s still relevant this year. My friends and family describe me as a political junky. In that I follow politics obsessively, they’re right. My idea of living it up on Friday night is reading audit reports and filing open records requests. But I’ve never felt comfortable

Are We Really Debating An Unscripted Sip Of Water During A Political Speech?

Last night, while delivering the GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Senator Marco Rubio took an unscripted sip of water. Now the political press is calling it “watergate” (not to be confused with the Nixon-era scandal which is the origin of the ubiquitous “-gate” suffix for political scandals). The hyperventilating over

If President Obama Wants To Create Jobs He Should Support The National Right To Work Act

Tonight during his State of the Union address, President Obama will be talking about jobs and the economy. If he’s serious about that, he should back Senator Rand Paul’s National Right To Work Act which would “the current provisions in federal labor law that authorize compulsory union dues and fee payments as a condition of

The State Of The Union Spectacle Is Unbecoming

My friends and family describe me as a political junky. In that I follow politics obsessively, they’re right. My idea of living it up on Friday night is reading audit reports and filing open records requests. But I’ve never felt comfortable with the theater of politics, and theater is what the State of the Union

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