Author Archives: Rob Port


The Most Amazing Graph Of North Dakota Incomes You’ll See All Day

The Most Amazing Graph Of North Dakota Incomes You’ll See All Day

A colleague at shared the graph below with me, which was created from Bureau of Economic Analysis data by Jason Sorens, a lecturer at Dartmouth College and an economic policy expert at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. It shows the percentage increase in personal incomes in ever state from 2008 to 2012. And, uh,


Legislative Republicans Announce $800 Million In “Surge” Funding For Oil Patch

Earlier this year Democrats were making a stink about needing a special legislative session to address needs in western North Dakota. That part of the state is dealing with explosive growth in industry, commerce and population. Democrats argued that a special session was needed to appropriate funds to those needs. Ultimately that idea was rejected


Long-Time Democrat Tribal Ally Accused Of Financial Shenanigans

Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall is a lame duck now thanks to a primary vote on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Hall came in fourth out of six candidates, with the top two candidates going on to the general election to decide the next chairman. Hall’s loss comes after a report detailing alleged financial


Emails: Heitkamp Continued To Use NDSU Study Even After Being Told About Problems, Then Fibbed About It

We finally have some answers in the case of the mysteriously pulled North Dakota State University study into the economic impacts of rail delays, and they’re not pretty for Senator Heitkamp. Or NDSU for that matter. For the uninitiated, back in early April Senator Heidi Heitkamp requested that NDSU take a look at what rail


Largest Insurer In Minnesota’s Obamacare Exchange Is Pulling Out

Turns out, Obamacare isn’t good for business. PreferredOne Health Insurance — which had the lowest costs and most customers of all the insurance companies in MNsure’s first year  — says it won’t participate in the state’s health care exchange next year. A spokesman for PreferredOne, which is based in Golden Valley, told KSTP news that


NDSU Professor Who Pulled Rail Delays Study Works As Consultant For BNSF

The mystery of the pulled NDSU study into the economic impacts of rail delays on agriculture persists. Last week we learned that North Dakota State University had pulled study detailing revenue losses to farmers because of rail delays just “days” after it was issued. Yet, despite the study being pulled, politicians such as Senator Heidi


North Dakota Parents Upset Their Kid Was Forced To Stand For The Pledge Of Allegiance

According to the Minot Daily News, parents of a 6-year-old at Edwin Loe Elementary School in Newtown, North Dakota, on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation are upset that their child isn’t being allowed to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance: “It’s pretty much an ongoing thing,” said Jesse Adams, who said his son was allowed