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North Dakota’s March Unemployment Rate: 2.6%, Down From 3% A Year Ago

North Dakota’s March Unemployment Rate: 2.6%, Down From 3% A Year Ago

No surprises in the latest job numbers for North Dakota. Unemployment remains at a rock-bottom low. In fact, it went a bit lower in March of 2014 compared to a year ago. In March of 2014 the state’s unemployment seasonally-adjusted rate was 2.6 percent. That’s down from 3 percent in Mach of 2013. The seasonally-adjusted


After Voting With Him 97% Of The Time, Heidi Heitkamp Helps Other Democrats Campaign Against Obama

You really have to admire the chutzpah. In her 2012 campaign, Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked long and hard to brand herself not as a liberal Democrat, but as an “independent” who would “stand up” to President Barack Obama. Such rhetoric was necessary in a state where Obama lost by more than 20 points, and Heitkamp


NDNA Will Hold Debates For House, Ag Commissioner Races In May

According to North Dakota Newspaper Association President Steve Andrist, his group will hold debates in the US Hosue race and the Agriculture Commissioner races  on May 1st. It’s kind of interesting which races the NDNA chose for debates. The federal race is a given. It’s the top of the ticket. Even if it isn’t looking


Wow: Six Months From Election Day Democrat House Candidate George Sinner Has Less Than $40k In Campaign Cash

Update: “We’re not concerned about Sen. Sinner being able to make up that gap,” says Democrat party executive director Chad Oban, which is one of the funniest things you’ll read all day. Despite all of the attention it gets, money isn’t everything in politics. Candidates that raise less money than their opponents win all the time.

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Kevin Cramer Ends First Quarter With Over Half A Million In His Campaign Coffers

Incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer ended 2013 with almost $300,000 in cash on hand and no announced challenger from Democrats. Now in April Cramer finally has a Democrat opponent – state Senator George Sinner – and he just filed his fundraising report for the first quarter of 2014 showing he has over $500,000 in the


North Dakota To Minnesota: Pay For Your Own Green Energy Mandate

Skirmeshes over energy policy between North Dakota and Minnesota are nothing new. North Dakota, in fact, has sued Minnesota over green energy policy that precludes importing coal-fired power from North Dakota, something the western state feels violates the interstate commerce clause. Now the North Dakota Public Service Commission has entered the fray, refusing to allow


Map: From 2007 To 2012 Every Single North Dakota County Saw At Least 14 Percent Personal Income Growth

The map above is a screen shot of this interactive map posted by It’s a fascinating image. What it illustrates is national per-capita personal income growth by county from 2007 to 2012. As you can see, every single county in North Dakota is a dark green indicating more than 14 percent growth. In reality,