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Heidi Heitkamp Manages To Avoid Sexism While Explaining Importance Of Electing Women

Heidi Heitkamp Manages To Avoid Sexism While Explaining Importance Of Electing Women

Heidi Heitkamp: Why Electing Women Matters by tvnportal Last year I was critical of Senator Heidi Heitkamp for comments she made during a USA Today interview in which she claimed that electing women was important because women are just, you know, better than men and stuff. “You and Debbie Stabenow are two of the record


North Dakota Officials Not Told About Illegal Immigrant Placements In The State

If you’re on Democrat email lists your inbox has probably been about as flooded as mine has with dozens and dozens of email pitches for fundraising, a reaction to the House Republican lawsuit (and Republicans, supposedly, pushing to impeach President Obama). Yesterday alone I received 25 fundraising emails about impeachment and Boehner’s lawsuit. We’ve also


Audio: Game & Fish Director Says Department Still Hasn’t Found All Their Guns

I interviewed North Dakota Game & Fish Director Terry Steinwand on the radio this morning regarding his office’s on-going efforts to rectify issues found in an audit report issued June 3rd. The problem from that audit which has grabbed the most headlines is, obviously, the missing guns. Initially the audit discovered over 700 guns utilized


In North Dakota Oil And Gas Related Employment Makes Up 28 Percent Of Wages

As Bismarck Tribune reporter Nick Smith writes, lawmakers were given a comprehensive report yesterday detailing the oil and gas industry’s impacts on jobs in North Dakota. Not surprisingly, the impact is profound. The full report is below, but what caught my eye the most was the map above. It details, by county, the percentage of employment


Big Reductions In North Dakota Flaring Are On The Way

Per the press release below, Governor Jack Dalrymple’s office announced that ONEOK Partners would be building a new gas processing plant in McKenzie County (Watford City) capable of processing 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. On top of that, they’re going to expand their existing gas processing capacity by another 100 million


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


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