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Update: Energy Drink Ads Targeting Food Stamps Recipients Perplex Retail Industry

Update: Energy Drink Ads Targeting Food Stamps Recipients Perplex Retail Industry

Last weekend I wrote a post based on some pictures SAB readers had sent in of energy drink advertising targeting people who have EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards that food stamps recipients use to access their benefits. Since then I’ve done some more research and found out that the tactic is pretty new – retail

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ND Insurance Commissioner To Discuss Obamacare With The President Today

“North Dakota Insurance Commissioner and NAIC President Adam Hamm will  discuss 2015 health insurance market and enrollment issues under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with President Obama, U.S. Health and Human Services officials and other staff in Washington, D.C.  on Thursday, April 17.” That’s what I just got in a press release from Hamm’s office

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After Voting With Him 97% Of The Time, Heidi Heitkamp Helps Other Democrats Campaign Against Obama

You really have to admire the chutzpah. In her 2012 campaign, Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked long and hard to brand herself not as a liberal Democrat, but as an “independent” who would “stand up” to President Barack Obama. Such rhetoric was necessary in a state where Obama lost by more than 20 points, and Heitkamp

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NDNA Will Hold Debates For House, Ag Commissioner Races In May

According to North Dakota Newspaper Association President Steve Andrist, his group will hold debates in the US Hosue race and the Agriculture Commissioner races  on May 1st. It’s kind of interesting which races the NDNA chose for debates. The federal race is a given. It’s the top of the ticket. Even if it isn’t looking

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North Dakota’s Anti-Abortion Heartbeat Law Struck Down By Federal Court

Calling it “an invalid and unconstitutional law,” federal court Judge Daniel Hovland struck down North Dakota’s heartbeat bill, which would disallow abortions after a heartbeat of an unborn child is detected in the womb. That’s really not a surprise. In July of last year Hovland issued an injunction against the law, calling it “clearly an

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Strict Regulations Share Some Blame For Radioactive Waste Dumping In North Dakota

“Radioactive Waste Is North Dakota’s New Shale Problem” That’s what the Wall Street Journal is reporting in a front-page story, referring to instances of illegal dumping of filter socks in western North Dakota. That dumping includes a high-profile and very troubling instance where an abandoned gas station was found stuffed full of radioactive filter socks, and

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Wow: Six Months From Election Day Democrat House Candidate George Sinner Has Less Than $40k In Campaign Cash

Update: “We’re not concerned about Sen. Sinner being able to make up that gap,” says Democrat party executive director Chad Oban, which is one of the funniest things you’ll read all day. Despite all of the attention it gets, money isn’t everything in politics. Candidates that raise less money than their opponents win all the time.

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Kevin Cramer Ends First Quarter With Over Half A Million In His Campaign Coffers

Incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer ended 2013 with almost $300,000 in cash on hand and no announced challenger from Democrats. Now in April Cramer finally has a Democrat opponent – state Senator George Sinner – and he just filed his fundraising report for the first quarter of 2014 showing he has over $500,000 in the

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