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Shocker: North Dakota University System Holds Tuition Hostage For Higher Pay, Benefits

Shocker: North Dakota University System Holds Tuition Hostage For Higher Pay, Benefits

The Bismarck Tribune today has an editorial about the growing gulf between legislators and the university system (my story yesterday about the utter lack of trust between the two sides on open records requests illustrates this too). The editorial itself isn’t all that interesting, but this paragraph detailing what the university system wants in exchange for

Heidi Heitkamp

Heidi Heitkamp Punts On Pro-Pipeline Legislation

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s RESPONSE Act – legislation aimed at rail safety – was supposed to be voted on in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this morning. The bill would have had FEMA provide instruction to Congress about response to train derailments involving hazardous material. Obviously, this is a big deal for North


Legislator: NDSU President “Went To The Lois Lerner School Of Email Management”

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Skogen giving NDSU President Dean Bresciani a temporary pass on participating in a new, consolidated university email system. The laudable goal of the university system is to create a unified system of electronic communication that allows all administrators and

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.

Wolf (Canis lupus), subadult male with month old pup in badlands habitat

What Has Hurt ND Wildlife More: Oil Development, Or Harsh Winters And High Crop Prices?

Fargo Forum reporter Patrick Springer is something of a punchline in North Dakota circles. He produces one-sided hit pieces that prompt much eye-rolling in public policy circles, his latest being a “special report” about conservation in North Dakota that’s so special he apparently couldn’t find anyone aside from conservation activists to interview for it. Nor


Obama Wants To Punish Corporations For Behaving Rationally

President Obama says he wants to act on so-called “inversion deals” that have American corporations moving their domiciles to overseas tax havens through the acquisition of a foreign company. Nine inversion deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are


After Saying He’d Never Lobby, Kent Conrad Gets A Job That’s Sort Of Lobbying

“The one thing I know I’m not going to be doing is lobbying.” That’s what former North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad told the Bismarck Tribune in 2012 while being interviewed about his plans post-Senate. Flash forward to 2014, and Conrad just took a gig with public relations giant Edelman: Former senators Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and