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Wayne Stenehjem’s Weak Spot: North Dakota’s Changing Economic And Budget Situation

Wayne Stenehjem’s Weak Spot: North Dakota’s Changing Economic And Budget Situation

A friend of mine who works as a pollster told me during the 2014 election cycle that he thought the Republican hold on state government would continue until the number of North Dakotans saying the state is on the “right track” falls substantially. I agreed with that. When the status quo is good, voters feel

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Gov Candidate Rick Becker: “Republicans made a mistake”

Today gubernatorial candidate Rick Becker was in Minot for a campaign stop talking to potential delegates for the NDGOP’s state convention in April, so I stopped by with my daughter Layla to check things out. He had some pretty interesting things to say, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you. “No.”

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Heidi Heitkamp-Backed President Proposes $4.2 Billion Tax On North Dakota Oil

When video of Heidi Heitkamp calling then-candidate Obama “amazing” at the 2008 national Democrat convention showed up in the 2012 election cycle it was quickly sent down the memory hole. A member of the North Dakota Demcorats’ executive committee threatened legal action against anyone posting the video. The why of that is obvious. Barack Obama

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The Dakotas Are An Unfriendly Place For Democrats

This Roll Call piece from yesterday about South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune’s re-election bid will sound awfully familiar to Republicans in North Dakota. Thune, you might remember, made national headlines when he unseated Democrat Tom Daschle, then the Senate Minority Leader, in 2004. In 2010 he went on to re-election without facing an opponent. And,

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Gallup: North Dakota Is The 4th Most Republican State

“Gallup’s analysis of political party affiliation at the state level in 2015 finds that 20 states are solidly Republican or leaning Republican, compared with 14 solidly Democratic or leaning Democratic states,” the polling service reports. That’s big news for Republicans. “This is the first time in Gallup’s eight years of tracking partisanship by state that

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Burgum Says He’s Not Spending Any Time Worrying About Stenehjem’s Legislative Endorsements

Last night after posting about a Mike Nowatzki article which stated, in the headline, that gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum was “irked” by legislative endorsements for his opponent Wayne Stenehjem I got a call from Burgum who said I got it all wrong. “You were mischaracterizing my reaction to the whole thing,” he told me. I

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Congressman Kevin Cramer Running His Own Presidential Straw Poll In North Dakota

With all the attention on the Iowa caucuses earlier this week, and the New Hampshire primaries this weekend, you may be wondering when North Dakotans will get a say on the presidential candidates.Well if you’re a Republican in North Dakota, you don’t really get a say as this KFYR story notes. To address that issue,

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How Is Subsidizing Mostly Empty Flights To Devils Lake A Good Deal For The Taxpayers?

On Sunday Grand Forks Herald reporter Kevin Bonham published an article about Essential Air Subsidies for flights to and from Devils Lake (he also wrote about Thief River Falls, but Minnesota isn’t my beat so I’ll leave them out). Bonham’s article portrays the subsidies as a success in Devils Lake. “Commercial airline passengers—counting those both arriving and


Landowners Seem Pleased With State’s Progress On Pipeline Safety

There is no question that there have been some strained tensions at times between some landowners, state regulators, and the energy industry, but if the tone in this Amy Dalrymple report from Northwest Landowners Association expo in Stanley yesterday is any indication, the state is making progress in addressing concerns: The Northwest Landowners Association, a grassroots