Author Archives: Rob Port


Parental Rights Ballot Measure Will Be 5th On November Ballot

Parental Rights Ballot Measure Will Be 5th On November Ballot

It’s looking like the November ballot will be a crowded one. Before today there were four statewide measures – each a constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature and needing approval of voters - already on the ballot: Measure 1: SCR4009  if passed, would recognize life as existing at every stage of human development Measure 2: HCR3006 


Whoops: Ryan Taylor Didn’t Know Saltwater Pipeline That Leaked Already Had Flow Meter And Pressure Cut Offs

Ryan Taylor seems to have made a pretty big gaffe in his quest to become North Dakota’s next Commissioner of Agriculture (and get a seat on the State Industrial Commission overseeing oil and gas development). Last week Taylor wrote a newspaper column blasting the current, all-Republican Industrial Commission (which includes his opponent, incumbent Doug Goehring)

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UND Students Get Settlement Emails Over Controversial Student Loan Debit Cards

In 2008 the University of North Dakota, lead in the matter by Associate Vice President of Finance and Operations Peggy Lucke, contracted with a company called HigherOne to disburse financial aid dollars to students in excess of what they owed the university. HigherOne, which UND still uses to this day, gives students the option of


Williston Herald Calls For Rent Control In The Oil Patch

On Friday a town hall held on rising rents in Williston, ND, (central to North Dakota’s oil fields) came “to a boil” according to a report from Eric Killelea at the  Williston Herald. The issue has unfortunately been politicized. A Democrat state Senate candidate – Barbara Vondell –  has made high rents her campaign platform, and


This Is What May Be Keeping North Dakota Republicans Up At Night

Could North Dakota Republicans become a victim of the state’s success? Let me explain. By any conventional measure, North Dakota Republicans seem set to have another very successful election cycle. They’ve got a huge incumbency advantage. Every single Republican on the statewide ballot is an incumbent (though two of them – Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger


North Dakota Has Added 22,000 Jobs In The Last Year, Nearly 70,000 Workers In The Last Decade

The latest North Dakota jobs report is out, and there isn’t a lot of news. Once again, the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is under 3 percent (2.7 percent in June 2014 versus 2.9 percent in June 2013). Once again, North Dakota has added a lot of jobs. “Employers reported an estimated 22,000 more jobs when


North Dakota University Elite Live High On The Hog While Research Lab Goes Without Running Water

If there were just one story we could point to in showing how completely upside down priorities are in our university system, how utterly out of control our university leadership is absent any real oversight or transparency, let it be this report which begins with an anecdote about a group of researchers who have to