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Open Thread Town Hall With Senator John Hoeven On Tuesday

Open Thread Town Hall With Senator John Hoeven On Tuesday

So far we’ve done open thread town halls here on SAB with Rep. Kevin Cramer and Libertarian Party House candidate Jack Seaman, and they’ve gone pretty well. I’ve scheduled a third town hall, this time with Senator John Hoeven. It’ll take place next week on Tuesday at 7:00pm. The format will be the same as


Associated Press: Republicans Block “Free Contraception”

Earlier today the US Senate voted down a motion to invoke cloture on legislation seeking to overturn a Supreme Court ruling which held that closely-held companies cannot be forced, under Obamacare, to pay for contraception benefits for their employees if they find the contraception to be immoral and a violation of their religious conscience (for


Getting Richer: North Dakota’s Senators Reported Big Gains In Their Worth In 2013

Late last month North Dakota’s Senators filed their annual financial disclosure reports, and it’s clear that being a US Senator is pretty good for the bottom line. These reports are really difficult to use. Rather than reporting specific dollar amounts, the Senators report ranges of values that actually increase exponentially as they go up the


Gov Jack Dalrymple’s Budget Guidelines Calls For “Hold Even” Budgets, Observers Get A Good Chuckle

Today Governor Jack Dalrymple issued his budgeting guidelines for the 2015-2017 biennium, and he’s calling for “hold even” budgets from state agencies. I got a good laugh out of it. “Dalrymple directed agency leaders to develop a hold-even baseline budget with an option for additional resources that are essential to the needs of a growing state.,” read


Reform The Property Tax? Yes Please. More State Buy Downs? No Thanks.

Since about 2007, the approach to addressing North Dakota’s property tax problem under Governors John Hoeven and now Jack Dalrymple has been for the state to buy them down. First with an income tax payment, then with money sent directly to local governments in exchange for locals lowering mill levies. Up to the last legislative

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Do Pro-Keystone Democrats Really Want To Build The Pipeline, Or Just Get Re-Elected?

On Friday North Dakota Senator John Hoeven was interviewed on CSPAN about his efforts to push a bill through the Senate that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Senator Hoeven, a Republican, is counting on a number of Senators from across the partisan divide to get the legislation passed in the Democrat-controlled Senate. But

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Is Rick Berg Running For Something Again?

The short answer to the headline question is no, he’s not. I’m certain that’s what Rick would say if you asked him, and certainly that’s what the sign outside of the hospitality room he ran at the recent NDGOP convention here in Minot said. If Rick Berg was running for anything in 2014 we’d have


Sen John Hoeven: Unleash The Energy Industry To Help Address Unemployment Problem (Video)

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven announced today legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline and also allow the export of natural gas. Currently, with a few exceptions, it is illegal to export unrefined oil and natural gas. With American markets inundated with natural gas, producers want more access to international markets. Specifically, Senator Hoeven’s


Who Knew North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp Was A Southern Democrat?

There’s a lot of gnashing of teeth on the left today after the Senate shot down President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to a civil rights post in the Department of Justice. Adegbile was a controversial choice – a man who once was legal counsel to jailed cop killer and far-left icon Mumia Abu-Jamal – and I