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Open Thread Town Hall: Senator John Hoeven Takes Your Questions

Open Thread Town Hall: Senator John Hoeven Takes Your Questions

Senator John Hoeven will be taking your questions on SAB tonight. Here’s how it will work. You can begin posting your questions below. Senator Hoeven will begin answering them at about 7:00pm central time, and he’ll stick around for an hour. He’ll be signed in to the commenting system using his Twitter account. If you’re new


On Television: Why Is North Dakota Spending Twice As Much As South Dakota?

On my weekly segment with Chris Berg on Valley News Live last night we discussed this recent SAB post from Mike Marcil comparing South Dakota’s government with North Dakota’s. In his post, Marcil points out that South Dakota’s government is a lot more lean than North Dakota’s, and taxes are significantly lower. In fact, Berg


North Dakota Has Least Number Of People With Debt In Collections

According to this study from the Urban Institute, one in three Americans are being sought by debt collectors. That’s an astonishing number. Mortgage debt was excluded from the study, which included things like credit cards, car loans, medical bills, child support, and parking tickets. The average debt being sought is about $5,200. Not surprisingly, though,

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Attorney General: NDSU Development Foundation Must Open Its Books

One of the most shadowy areas of North Dakota government is higher education’s relationship with its multitude of spin-off foundations and corporations. Those organizations – in this instance the NDSU Development Foundation – handle significant amounts of revenues on behalf of the university, but attempts by the public to look into the books of these

Senate Democrats Urge Passage Of Minimum Wage Fairness Act

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Coming To North Dakota Next Week

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will be in North Dakota next week attending a fundraiser for Republican candidates. The Bismarck Area Republican Council today sent out an email revealing that McConnell was the “special guest” Senator John Hoeven would be bringing to annual R-100 Reception to be hosted at the home of state Rep. George Keiser.


What Is North Dakota’s Most Liberal City?

North Dakota is a pretty Republican state. We’ve had a Republican governor since 1992, and a Republican supermajority in the state Legislature since 1994 (yes, twenty years now). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some pockets of liberalism. Clarity Campaign Labs, a left-wing group that works with Democrat campaign data, has what they call TargetSmart


Kevin Cramer Camp Says They Have Strong Polling Against George Sinner

Last week the Fargo Forum ran an editorial critical of Democrat US House candidate George Sinner’s attack on incumbent Kevin Cramer for missed votes (that attack backfired on Sinner when it became clear that the candidate, a state Senator, had gone on vacation during the 2013 Legislative session). But in that editorial was mentioned some polling which