Author Archives: Rob Port


Forget The Injunctions, Courts Seem To Be Buying States’ Case Against Waters Of The US Rule

Forget The Injunctions, Courts Seem To Be Buying States’ Case Against Waters Of The US Rule

A few weeks ago the federal district court here in North Dakota issued an injunction blocking the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the U.S. rule. But the Obama administration decided to interpret the ruling as applying only to the 13 states, including North Dakota, which are challenging the law in court. So they pushed ahead


HBO Comedian John Oliver Expected To Cover The Bakken Oil Boom Sunday

HBO comedian John Oliver is expected to talk about North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields on this Sunday’s edition of his Last Week Tonight show. Oliver is a smirking talking head in the Jon Stewart category where many poorly informed Americans get their news. You know the routine. The entertainer launches into a verbal polemic about some


Video: Cramer Jabs At Heitkamp Over Oil Export Ban And Iran Vote

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.comNorth Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer was on Fox Business yesterday with Stuart Varney (see above), and while he didn’t mention Senator Heidi Heitkamp by name, he aimed a shot at “energy state Democrats” in the Senate who “gave away their votes” on the Iran deal. Varney noted that legislation to


NDSU President Dean Bresciani Sets The Wrong Priority With Enrollment Target

NDSU President Dean Bresciani made headline news yesterday when he announced that he’d like to see his school’s enrollment hit 18,000 within the next five years. If it happened, that would be a 24 percent increase in enrollment. Which would be aggressive given that NDSU’s enrollment has only grown 24 percent over the last 13


Polling Shows Potential Governor Candidate Wayne Stenehjem With Over 80 Percent Favorability

Yesterday Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem authorized the release to me of polling data which, frankly, had few surprises in it. The polling, conducted by the Odney firm which surveyed 400 people with a margin of error of +/- 5 percent, shows Stenehjem with an overall favorability rating north of 80 percent. He has a 79


UND President Robert Kelley Owes Frat Brothers Accused Of Homophobic Beating An Apology

Back in August members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of North Dakota were accused of stripping and beating an 18 year old man named Haakon Gisvold at one of their parties. The victim claimed the beating happened because he is gay. UND President Robert Kelley was quick to pounce. In a


UND Alumnus Plans To File Lawsuit Over Nickname Vote

Yesterday Fargo lawmaker Jim Kasper asked North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott why neither he nor the State Board of Higher Education stepped to overrule University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley when he opted to exclude “North Dakota” as a choice for the school going forward. Hagerott gave sort of an innocuous answer,


Wasn’t There Supposed To Be Some Sort Of A Conservation Crisis In North Dakota?

During the 2014 election cycle a coalition of deep-pocketed conservation/environmental interests put a measure on the ballot to divert a windfall of oil tax revenues into a slush fund that would then make grants to the aforementioned interests. We were told, in a slick and well-financed campaign run by groups like Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants