Hennen Column: Notebook From A Busy Week


It’s been a long and productive week.

My notebook is chock full of tidbits. Since I’m sleep deprived and unable to decide which one is worthy of a column, I have a better idea. I am introducing a new Common Sense Club notebook.

– Monday was the day legislators rolled into Bismarck to begin the 63rd legislative assembly. I never cease to be amazed at how hard these citizens servants work. The capitol is one busy place. Most of them have “day jobs” and families, all of which they leave behind to serve North Dakota’s greater good for 4 months. I look forward to watching them work.

– And now we’re asking them to work Saturday’s too! A new program will air from 10am to noon on our “Legislature Today” flagship radio station KFYR 550 AM plus AM 1100 “The Flag” and Bakken Talkradio 1090 “The Flag.” We will be hearing from different legislators every weekend from their communities.

– Monday was also the kick-off party for the newly “Dale Wetzel-ized” Great Plains Examiner, Great Plains News and the “Legislature Today” radio show. The cover man and girl Governor Jack and Betsy Dalrymple. Did you see the great photo of the first couple on the cover of the North Dakota Living magazine? Almost as fun as our $13 Billion Man headline/photo in the January Great Plains Examiner. We had a great turnout. Gary Emineth, Dale Wetzel and I appreciate all of the well wishes and prayers of support.

– Tuesday brought the big speech of the week. Common Sense Club kudos’s to Gov Jack for remembering who makes North Dakota’s economy go. It’s not government. It’s the risk takers like those he introduced including big players like CHS, formerly Cenex-Harvest States, Carl Casale, CEO for their $1.3 billion construction project at Spiritwood that will produce 2,200 tons of ammonia fertilizer a day and employ between 100 and 150 people and small but mighty Summers Manufacturing in Devils Lake and president Deb Anderson. I loved the story about Jeremy Doan of the Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie, a tourist hot spot destination. Five generations of the Doan Family have operated a working cattle ranch since 1882. But Jeremy and his brother, Jay, have greatly diversified the family business to into a very successful agri-tourism venture. I hear it’s almost as nice as the Triple T Ranch in Stanley, North Dakota. Things take time Jeremy.

– I can’t resist wondering how “values voters” received the speech however. Why ignore them? Without a defense of faith and family issues, the prosperity we enjoy will be a short term victory. It was a missed opportunity by Governor Dalrymple. Don’t be afraid to merge the agenda of “social” and “fiscal” conservatives. We should be on the same team in the North Dakota miracle state. Where do you think the oil came from anyway? No wonder NDSU thinks it can defy it’s funders and partner with the nation’s abortion champion to indoctrinate North Dakota youth.

-Who will be North Dakota’s next Governor? I know it’s just a tad early to start that sweepstakes. So sue me. I’m keeping a list of names I’ve heard floating through the Great Hall. Keep guessing, but here are some clues. With the exception of 2 recent exports to DC, the remaining 6 top contenders were walking the halls of the state capitol this week. One of those is already a statewide office holder of course. Could that be any more exciting for Republicans? What a bench! Only two are Democrats. But one of the two could win. That’s been proven recently. Can you guess who they are? We’ll wager some Steak Fingers from the famous Peacock grill, which might just be the best restaurant in ND thanks to Dale Zimmerman’s vision.

– I hope Larry King will forgive me for borrowing from his USA Today column style. Remember those? Speaking of Larry King, I miss his TV show on CNN. If King was dead, he’d be rolling in his grave over the performance of his hideous replacement Piers Morgan. The Alex Jones debate is must-see TV. Bring it! Alex Jones is without question the best defender of our 2nd amendment in America today. Runner up: Representative Roscoe Streyle of Minot.

See you next week folks!

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • http://twitter.com/NaCaWo NaCaWo

    Scott, as a former North Dakotan now out-of-state, I tried to listen to Wetzel’s show on-line. Frustrated!

    On KFYR, I got the simulcast of television news. Otherwise, the network talk shows.

    Any guidance?

    Thank you.

    • Dustin Gawrylow

      KFYR radio does not simulcast KFYR-TV (they have not been connected for years). Perhaps you were at KFYRTV.com and not KFYR.com?

      • http://twitter.com/NaCaWo NaCaWo

        I’ll check. Thanks.

    • Andrea Toman

      I found I could listen in on iHeartRadio or watch the video feed on http://greatplainsnews.com/ I’d try again, they may have been having some technical glitches. M-Thurs, 7pm-9pm CST

  • tomorrowclear

    A few more appearances by Alex Jones and a couple more Wayne LaPierre press conferences and Eric Holder’s army of New Black Panther zombies really will be coming to confiscate your guns.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

    Boy, Scott, i really have to disagree with you venerating Alex Jones as any sort of a spokesman for the 2nd amendment. Fruit cakes like him are a detriment to the cause.

    • borborygmi

      Please Scott keep venerating ALex Jones, just saw him on Piers Morgan, ho boy ) sorry couldn’t keep a straight face

    • PK

      Have you ever listened to a full radio show of Jones’? Yeah he get carried away sometimes, but his information is accurate most of the time. His interpretation of the data can be argued. I don’t think anybody getting out there and talking about real issues is a detriment to anybody or any cause. People who don’t like his style should just move on. If he’s such a fruitcake, why does he have a lot of prominent people on his show every week? Like congressman, governors, others in media, people formerly in White House administrations, the CIA, etc. He has some really interesting guests on. I don’t believe in everything he believes in, but he’s an entertaining guy and shouldn’t be brushed off as a fruit cake that’s hurting “the cause”. It makes me angry some red coat is using his national cable platform to push for restrictions on my battle-rifles too. How dare Jones raise his voice at him. Give me a break.

  • Guest Observer

    “Alex Jones is without question the best defender of our 2nd amendment in America today.”

    And what color are the skies in your world Hennen? Jones is a nutjob and gives Conservatives everywhere a bad name. Your “columns” leave me to question your perception of what real Conservatism is given your liberal spending ways with your business models.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Jones is a nutjob and gives Conservatives everywhere a bad name.

      I think Jones is so crazy, applying any sort of a discernible ideology on him is impossible.

      Certainly he shouldn’t, and doesn’t, represent conservatism.

      • Guest Observer

        Well put Rob!

  • Guest Observer

    “Common Sense Club kudos’s to Gov Jack for remembering who makes North Dakota’s economy go.”

    Uh Huh and that is why “Gov Jack” is this weeks SAB RINO of the week. What sort of meds are you on Hennen? http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/rino-of-the-week-governor-jack-dalrymple/

  • borborygmi

    I have caught a couple of shows on the State Legislature, informative, hope you can get rid of the technical glitches….

  • Mark Hanson

    No one has done more to give common sense a bad name than Scott Hennen. One side of his mouth says he’s for the “free” market. The other side of this mouth is North Dakota’s biggest supporter of phony clean energy mandates, which are based on fraudulent climate data. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHHsithnEf8 It’s time to send Hennen and his bag of Big Government “free” market BS, to the RINO boneyard.