Author Archives: Rob Port


State Lawmaker Questions Legality Of Breathe ND’s Opposition To Vaping, E-Cigarettes

State Lawmaker Questions Legality Of Breathe ND’s Opposition To Vaping, E-Cigarettes

North Dakota’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, a state agency which also operates as BreatheND, has been active in opposing the use of vaping and e-cigarettes. But a state lawmakers wonders whether or not the group has the legal authority to do that. Rep. Mike Schatz, a Republican from New England, has requested that

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North Dakota Task Force On Student Assessments Will Include Common Core Critics

North Dakota Superintendent of Public Schools Kirsten Baesler has announced the membership of a 33-strong task force to address student assessments in the state. The formation of the task force comes after a bruising debate in the Legislature over controversial Common Core standards, and a rocky rollout of Smarter Balanced Assessment testing at the end


Revenue From Specialized “Choose Life” North Dakota License Plates Goes To Pro-Life Group

A reader contacted me recently about this Slate article naming North Dakota as one of 29 states which allows citizens to direct revenues to pro-life organizations by registering specialized license plates. The article was based on a July report from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. I didn’t even know these plates existed in North Dakota. I got


Planned Parenthood’s Dead Baby Part Sales Would Be Explicitly Illegal In North Dakota

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been largely quiet on the controversy over Planned Parenthood apparently selling dead baby organs and tissues resulting from abortions, but over the weekend we did learn that she will be voting against yanking federal funds from the group. What’s interesting is that if what Planned Parenthood has admitted to


Boy Scouts Compromise On Gay Leaders Seems Reasonable

Nationally the Boy Scouts of America have announced that they’re rescinding their ban on gay leaders in their organization, but that comes with a caveat. Troops sponsored by religious organizations can keep policies excluding homosexuals from leadership positions in accordance with their doctrines. Here in North Dakota, troops sponsored by the Catholics are going to

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Heidi Heitkamp Says She’ll Vote Against Defunding Group That Was Apparently Selling Intact Dead Babies

The news on the Planned Parenthood controversy keeps getting worse. The group successfully got an injunction prohibiting the release of additional undercover videos arguing that it violated the privacy of their staff and put them in danger (something nobody seemed to care about when it was, say, Mitt Romney being secretly recorded). But one of

Clay County neighbors of Bloomington dentist Walter Palmer say they have had issues with him - INFORUM

This Forum Communications Report On Cecil The Lion’s Hunter Is Ridiculous

I don’t think I need to tell you folks that the coverage of Cecil the Lion being hunted and killed has long since got out of hand. The man who killed the lion, Minneapolis dentist Walter Palmer, has been targeted for social media outrage including people calling for his physical harm and publishing his private


The Shallow Politics Of Digital Populism

What do you do when the masses threaten to turn on a high-profile and very controversial diplomatic deal? Placate them with celebrities, it seems. “Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas’ nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics


Native American Designer Of “Fighting Sioux” Logo Selling New Artwork Based On It

Here’s a chance to own a piece of history, and to maybe help put right a wrong. Bennett Brien is auctioning off a sculpture based on the controversial University of North Dakota “Fighting Sioux” logo he designed. I say “history” because, as you know unless you’ve been living under a rock, the “Fighting Sioux” logo is

May 10, 2014 - Syracuse, New York, U.S. - A student from the Syracuse University School of Architecture wears the words 'HIRE ME' on his graduation cap during the commencement ceremony for the School of Architecture at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. (Credit Image: © Nicolaus Czarnecki/

“A good education and skills for the workforce are not synonymous”

Over at Watchdog today I have an article up about a study linking fracking to high school dropout rates (my previous post here). Two experts I spoke to told me the correlation between fracking and dropout rates wasn’t a good one. “I don’t think it’s just a boom in energy. A manufacturing boom would have