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Cramer Gets Libertarian Challenger For 2014, But Real Challenge May Come From Within The NDGOP

Cramer Gets Libertarian Challenger For 2014, But Real Challenge May Come From Within The NDGOP

Last week SAB contributor GameND wrote in a “from the left” column that Rep. Kevin Cramer may face a “tea party” challenger from the right. That turns out to have been a bit prescient. Just landing in my inbox this afternoon is a press release from Fargo-area businessman Jack Seaman who plans to run on

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Federal Judge Rules Public Service Commission Contributions Are Perfectly Legal

Federal Judge Daniel Hovland had previously thrown out a request from the plaintiffs in the suite against North Dakota’s Public Service Commission that North Dakota’s right to regulate surface mining be withdrawn. Now Hovland has ruled on the main complaint in the lawsuit, filed by the Dakota Resource Council and the Sierra Club. Those groups

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Environmentalists Lose Bid To Remove North Dakota’s Right To Regulate Surface Mining

A federal judge has ruled on one aspect of a lawsuit brought against North Dakota’s Public Service Commission by two environmental groups. The Dakota Resource Council and the Sierra Club wanted the federal courts to remove North Dakota’s right to regulate surface mining and instead move that task to the federal government. They allege that

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Shocker: Bribery Accusations A Pretext For Federalizing North Dakota Mining Regulations

Back during the election season two left-wing groups – the Dakota Resource Council and the Sierra Club – filed a lawsuit over contributions accepted by Public Service Commissioners Brian Kalk and Kevin Cramer (who was elected in that cycle to the US House). Most political observers, I think, felt the lawsuit was about creating an

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North Dakota’s Statewide Incumbents Mostly Say They’re Running Again In 2014

Democrats came out of the 2012 election cycle feeling pretty good about themselves. They held on to a seat in the US Senate that pretty much everyone, including this observer, had written off for the Republicans. Heidi Heitkamp pulled off a major upset over Rick Berg, and Democrats have been feeding off that perceived momentum.

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Financial Disclosures Show Sen. Heitkamp Owns Stock In Companies She Regulates

Here in North Dakota, since the last election cycle, Democrats have been attacking Republicans for supposed corruption stemming from financial relations between them and the companies they regulate. Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, and former Commissioner turned Congressman Kevin Cramer, have been attacked for taking campaign contributions (perfectly legal and 100% disclosed) from coal industry

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Feds Smack Down Democrats, Environmentalists On Claims Of PSC Bribery

Conveniently timed for the last election cycle, two environmentalist groups (the taxpayer-funded Dakota Resource Council and the Sierra Club) filed a lawsuit against Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk and Commissioner-turned-Congressman Kevin Cramer for accepting political contributions from individuals who work in the coal industry, as well as PAC’s which represent the industry. According to them,

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Democrat Crabtree’s Criminal Complaint Flops

If there was a theme to the campaign style of Democrats in North Dakota this last election cycle it was efforts to try and silence speech critical of them, and supportive of Republicans, by claiming the speech in question was illegal. They accused Republicans of taking bribes in the form of 100% legal, 100% transparent

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Brian Kalk Says He’s Not Stepping Down From PSC

Since election day I’ve heard a rumor from numerous readers in the Bismarck area suggesting that Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk may be stepping down from his post. The basis for these rumors is the fact that Kalk sold his Bismarck-area home and is currently living in an apartment. This would be big news as

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