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In North Dakota Republicans Govern While Democrats Complain

In North Dakota Republicans Govern While Democrats Complain

North Dakota Democrats, particularly the younger ones, seem more interested in melodrama than policy and governing. I’ve written about this often. Thoroughly marginalized, and denied the authority to make decisions in the legislature, previous generations of Democrat lawmakers sought ways to work with Republicans and influence legislation as best they could. But there’s a new


Gay Bashing Lawmaker Says Comments Were Taken Out Of Context, NDGOP Disavows

Gay-bashing Republican lawmaker Dwight Keifert (R-Valley City) is now trying to claim that his infamous Facebook post calling homosexuals “metally ill” [sic] was taken out of context: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota Republican state lawmaker is defending a Facebook post in which he called the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a


Supreme Court EPA’s Decision Came After “The EPA Already Won”

The Supreme Court has told the EPA that they cannot implement regulations without considering the costs. The ruling was related to a lawsuit brought by several states (including North Dakota) over the regulation of mercury emissions. But here’s the thing: These regulations have already had an impact. Power companies have already implemented them, and we


Gay Bashing State Lawmaker Says He Hopes “People Respect Me For Who I Am”

This will probably be my last post on Rep. Dwight Kiefert’s (R-Valley City) adventures in semi-literate social media commentary, but I couldn’t help but post his response to his claim that “homisexuals” are “metally ill” being made public. The Fargo Forum has picked up on the story – days after it first appeared here on


Republican Lawmaker Calls Homosexuals “Mentally Ill” After Supreme Court Ruling

This week was a week of controversial rulings from the Supreme Court, and not surprisingly those rulings elicited a lot of emotional responses on social media. But one North Dakota lawmaker may have let his emotions get the best of him. Rep. Dwight Kiefert, a Republican from Valley City, took to his personal Facebook account after


Heidi Heitkamp Said A Really Dumb Thing About The Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling

There’s no question that Obamacare is bad policy. It has been hugely unpopular from day one. Here in North Dakota it had calamitous political repercussions for Democrats, costing former Congressman Earl Pomeroy his job and no doubt contributing mightily to the decisions to retire by former Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad. So it is


On Television: Did We Just Give The Confederate Flag A Power-Up?

We discussed two hot topics last night during my regular segment with Chris Berg on Valley News Live’s 6:30 Point of View program. First was my story about the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program which is intended to feed low-income children but is, thanks to a loophole, providing food for just about everybody. A lot


Supreme Court: Obamacare Subsidies In Federal Exchanges Are Legal

The Supreme Court today issued their ruling in the King vs. Burwell case which challenged the legality of subsidies paid through the federal exchanges. Under the Obamacare law as written, citizens are eligible for insurance subsidies only for each month they are “enrolled in through an Exchange established by the State.” The whole “established by the State”

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USDA Program Loophole Has Taxpayers Providing A “Free Lunch” For Pretty Much Everyone

The website for the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program states it “ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.” But what if I told you that at 65 locations across the state – mostly at parks and churches – the taxpayers are feeding kids and even grownups regardless of