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Can A City Commission Block Someone From Speaking Because Of What They Might Say?

Can A City Commission Block Someone From Speaking Because Of What They Might Say?

Over at Watchdog today I write about a situation in Valley City where city officials prohibited a man from speaking to the city commission because of what he might say. What local businessman Bob Drake wanted to tell city commissioners is that Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson should be terminated immediately, instead of being

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Federal School Lunch Crackdown Leads To Black Market For Salt Shakers And Potato Chips

Regulations are static. Markets are dynamic. …the [Government Accountability Office] found that many students are simply bypassing the new dictums by sneaking salt and pepper shakers onto campus, even creating a clandestine market for potato chips. Technology has added pizzazz to the age-old lunch line complaints. Some students are Tweeting sad-looking lunch trays with the hashtag

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If We Have Too Much Oil Patch Housing Let’s Stop Subsidizing It

In Williston housing developers – people and companies who have built apartment buildings and hotels and single-family homes – have overbuilt the market. With oil prices in the tank, and workers leaving oil patch communities, they’re finding it hard to fill what they’ve built. As a short term solution, they’ve decided to kneecap the competition.

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The Clean Power Plan Butcher’s Bill, And Why Environmentalists Want To Ignore It

Last week I wrote a post responding to a letter to the editor published in several of the state’s newspapers in which Dave Glatt, the head of North Dakota’s Department of Health, was lambasted for talking about the potential economic impacts of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. According to the letter writer such pragmatic

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Doug Burgum Would Definitely Run As A Republican, Not Considering A Run For Mayor

Doug Burgum showed up at Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s gubernatorial campaign announcement in Fargo today, and boy did that set gums flapping in political circles. Burgum is considering a run for governor himself, after all. What portent does his attendance at Stenehjem’s event hold? Interestingly enough, just as I was considering writing a post about this

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Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Becker Changes His Mind On Abortion Bill, Focuses On Fiscal Issues

Today Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is (finally, grumble, grumble) announcing his campaign for Governor. He joins state Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican from Bismarck, in the race. Last week Becker was kind enough to give me about 45 minutes of his time to talk about his campaign, the issues he’s focusing on, his life as

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Democrats To Use Same Campaign Platform In 2016 They Lost On In 2012 And 2014

You’ve probably heard this one before, usually attributed erroneously to someone like Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” There is truth in the statement, I think, whatever its provenance. I think it may end up applying to Democrat Sarah Vogel’s gubernatorial campaign


North Dakota Democrats Tout Legislative Candidates Running In Strong Republican Districts

So far the about North Dakota’s 2016 election cycle, at least as far as the statewide races go, is one in which Republicans can tout strong incumbents and robust competitions between strong candidates for every office while Democrats struggle to find candidates willing to say they’re running. No doubt in an attempt to upend that narrative