Author Archives: Rob Port

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North Dakota University System Starts Blog To Respond To Blogger

North Dakota University System Starts Blog To Respond To Blogger

Apparently the North Dakota University System has started a blog, and their first post is a not-so-thinly-veiled jab at me. “Information comes at us from all directions and in ever-changing formats in today’s world,” the post reads. “It’s often difficult to tell the difference between fact and fiction, myth and reality, responsible journalism and tongue-in-cheek

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On Television: North Dakota Can’t Afford To Slow Down The Oil Boom

Normally I do my weekly “Say Anything Segment” on Chris Berg’s Valley News Live show on Mondays, but due to Berg taking some time off for the holiday we did it last night instead. We talked about affirmative action, including my post yesterday about how that sort of policy is applied here in North Dakota,

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Affirmative Action In North Dakota: NDSU Uses Racial Point System That’s Totally Not Discriminatory

Yesterday a Supreme Court decision upheld a Michigan law banning affirmative action. Seven other states have similar laws on the books. North Dakota is not one of them. While thinking about the issue, I was reminded of a post I wrote back in 2011 about a SAB reader of Icelandic and Norwegian descent (read: white) who

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Administrative Bloat: University Of North Dakota Adds 19th Vice President, To Be In Charge Of Diversity

Starting on July 14th the Univerity of North Dakota will have Sandra Mitchell serving as the institution’s Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Her job, according to the Grand Forks Herald, will be “advancing diversity and planning related programs and initiatives, along with supervising diversity-related offices.” According to UND spokesman Peter Johnson, who is referenced

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Keystone Delays Have Probably Done Wonders For Heidi Heitkamp’s Investment Portfolio

As a matter of public policy, Senator Heidi Heitkamp is an extremely vocal proponent of building the Keystone XL pipeline. She campaigned on it in 2012, and when the Obama administration announced the most recent delay in approving the project, she called it “ridiculous” in a statement posted on her official Senate website. But as

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Obama Appoints Kent Conrad’s Ethics Lawyer To White House Counsel

President Obama has a new White House Counsel, and he’s got a lengthy history in defending ethically-challenged politicians. Including North Dakota’s own Kent Conrad who faced an inquiry into a discounted “VIP loan” he received from Countrywide Financial around the same time he was helping to usher bailout legislation for Countrywise through the Senate. During the 2008-9

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White House Doesn’t Respond To Heitkamp On Keystone

This was a funny exchange during the White House press briefing yesterday. Jonathan Karl of ABC News asked White House spokesman Jay Carney about reactions from Democrat Senators – including North Dakota’s own Heidi Heitkamp – to the decision to further delay a decision on the Keystone pipeline. Carney’s response was the same boilerplate response

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