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Heidi Heitkamp Way To The Left Of North Dakotans On Minimum Wage

Heidi Heitkamp Way To The Left Of North Dakotans On Minimum Wage

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp has long struggled to distance herself from her national party. During her 2012 campaign for the Senate she branded herself an “independent,” and touted her willingness to “stand up” to President Barack Obama. But there’s little evidence of that independence in Senator Heitkamp’s stance on the minimum wage. Heitkamp is

UPDATED North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 11, 13, 21, 27, 41, and 45 Fargo-West Fargo-Cass County Area Guide Part I

UPDATED Candidate information below in bold type This post is part of a continuing series highlighting 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. Due to the large number

Sixteen North Dakota House Members Had Perfect Attendance

Following up on yesterday’s post about attendance in the state legislature, we saw that Republicans were a bit better at showing up to work than Democrats. Now let’s take a closer look at the House of Representatives (Senate tomorrow). The full ranking is below. First, let’s give some credit to the sixteen legislators from both

North Dakota House Passes A Half Billion In Income Tax Cuts Almost Unanimously

After much floor debate, and procedural maneuvering by Assistant Minority Leader Corey Mock to set up a separate vote on the corporate taxes, Rep. Craig Headland’s proposed income tax cuts (HB1250) have passed. Here’s what the bill does: The financial institutions tax rate goes from 6.5% to 6%. That’s a $2.4 million cut. The number

Democrat Who Wants Legalized Marijuana Argues In Favor Of Bottle Rocket Ban

Politics at times makes for strange bed fellows. That was clear today in watching the North Dakota House debate HB1257, introduced by Rep. Blair Thoreson, which would repeal North Dakota’s ban on bottle rocket sales. Liberal Democrat Rep. Steve Zaiser, who was a spokesman for an initiated measure effort to legalize medicinal marijuana, argued strenuously

ND House Votes Down Minimum Wage Increase

Rep. Steve Zaiser introduced HB1414 which would have mandated annual increases in North Dakota’s minimum wage indexed to inflation as calculated by North Dakota State University. It was debated on the floor of the House today and voted down by a 24 – 70 vote. Here’s video of the floor debate. Zaiser and fellow Democrat

Legislation Introduced Today Addresses Minimum Wage, Divorce Waiting Periods, Drones And Firearm Confiscations

Lots of interesting new bills introduced in the state legislature today. Here’s a run down of a few that caught my eye: Department of Labor HB1369, introduced by Rep. Kathy Hawken, would re-name North Dakota’s Department of Labor to the Department of Labor and Human Rights. Can you say “mission creep?” Drones HB1373, introduced by

North Dakota Democrats Cut And Run From Gun Control Bills

Earlier today I wrote about two gun control bills submitted to the North Dakota legislature by Democrat Rep. Steve Zaiser yesterday. The bills, HB1415 and HB1416, would have banned “assault weapons” as well as magazines containing more than 10 rounds. Those proposals are very much in keeping with what many Democrats, nationally, have called for

ND Legislature Bills For Gun Control, Earlier Sunday Alcohol Sales, Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

There were a lot of interesting bills introduced yesterday down at the legislature. Here’s a summary of what’s been introduced: Gun Control HB1415 and 1416, both introduced by Democrat Steve Zaiser, would make make high-capacity magazines/belt feeds, etc. illegal as well as so-called “assault weapons.” From HB1416, which doesn’t apply to the military or law

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