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If Only Our Government Got As Much Coverage As Football

If Only Our Government Got As Much Coverage As Football

Bison football has become such a big deal in North Dakota that the media is now running coverage about how much coverage the football team gets. It’s all very meta. Not that it ever takes much for the Fargo media to descend into an orgy of preening. Everything from the Fargo television show on FX


Dickinson State Loses Grant Money Intended For Scholarships

I say that Dickinson State University is losing money for scholarships not because they’ll never get it – the folks on the North Dakota Challenge Fund Grant Review Committee say the money will be available when the DSU Foundation’s financial problems are ironed out – but because time marches on for the students who were to


Vaping Seems To Be Replacing Smoking, Not Luring People To It

This coming session our lawmakers will be considering legislation which would continue to treat vaping, or “e-cigarettes,” as though it were just like actual smoking. Already the state included vaping in its ban on smoking, now lawmakers will consider whether or not to ban smoking to minors. As I’ve written previously, I don’t believe we


Sony Canceling Movie Release Is What Terrorism Looks Like

In the post-9/11 era the term “terrorism” has become fraught with political baggage. I’ll not rehash history here, but suffice it to say that a lot of bad policy and dumb actions have been justified by combatting supposed “terrorism.” But the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment by people who at least appear to be acting


North Dakota Law Would Get Rid Of DUI Checkpoints

DUI checkpoints, which have officers stopping all motorists in a given area in order to verify their compliance with DUI laws, have been upheld as legal by the Supreme Court in Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz. SCOTUS found that the infringement upon the 4th amendment protections from unreasonable search and seizure were negligible, and trumped

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North Dakota’s Pre-Filed Bills: Mandatory Sentencing Exemptions And Driverless Cars!

The 2015 session of North Dakota’s Legislature is looming. It begins next month on January 6th, and already bills and resolutions are being pre-filed for consideration. I read through what’s been posted online so far – 110 bills and 7 resolutions in the House, 102 bills and 6 resolutions in the Senate – and picked


When Is It Reasonable For The Government To Break The Law?

Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down a ruling on a search and seizure case which didn’t get a lot of attention in the media but should have. Heien vs. North Carolina related to a traffic stop which led to a drug arrest. The stop was initiated when an officer noticed a broken brake light, and drugs


Maybe NDSU Could Keep Its Buildings In Repair If It Wasn’t Subsidizing Athletics Programs

Lately our university system, which a larger increase in  appropriations than any other system of public universities in the country, has been bemoaning the condition of their buildings. As the payroll for our universities has bloated with administrative hiring and university presidents live like pharaohs (the president of NDSU literally has a chauffeur/bodyguard and lives in the


Audio: Hoeven, Cramer Defend Votes For “CROmnibus” Spending Bill

Last week, and over the weekend, the House and Senate voted on an omnibus spending package that has conservatives outrage. Over the last couple of days my email inbox has been filling up with conservative friends and SAB readers upset that Congressman Kevin Cramer and Senator John Hoeven voted for the bill (Senator Heidi Heitkamp

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Opposition To Reforming North Dakota’s Oil Tax May Have State Paying An Ugly Price

The video above is of the floor debate in the state House last session (February of 2013) over HB1234 introduced by Rep. Roscoe Streyle. The bill, among other things, would have eliminated a raft of tax exemptions and lower tax rates triggered by oil prices and replaced them with a relatively flat, three-tiered tax rate.