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When Social Change Doesn’t Require Courts Or Laws: Boy Scouts Reconsidering Ban On Gay Leaders

When Social Change Doesn’t Require Courts Or Laws: Boy Scouts Reconsidering Ban On Gay Leaders

“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” former Secretary of Defense and current President of Boy Scouts of America Robert Gates said, as reported by Reuters. That’s a remarkable thing to hear. For decades


North Dakota General Fund Tax Revenues Down 16.7 Percent In April

Oil prices have fallen, and oil activity in North Dakota has slowed down. This is showing up in the state in all sorts of ways from declines in airline boardings to projected falls in enrollment for oil patch schools. It is starting to show up in the state’s tax revenue streams too per the Office


Should State Government Trump Local Government When It Comes To Energy Regulation?

The State of Texas has just passed an exercise in meta law. Lawmakers there have created a ban on fracking bans. “Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities,” reports ABC News. “The


On Television: When Environmental Groups Have An Authenticity Problem

Last night on my regular television segment with Chris Berg on Valley News Live we discussed some of the concerns over funding of environmental and Native American groups – specifically Honor the Earth – who are active in opposing the Sandpiper Pipeline which would take a lot of North Dakota oil east from Tioga through


Why Is A Social Media Executive Responsible For National Rail Safety?

There’s been a lot of sturm und drang about what environmental zealots have deemed “bomb trains.” Every time an oil train derails there’s a renewed effort to blame the derailment on the oil industry. Because that fits the narrative of the environmental left. Yet, it’s increasingly clear that what we have isn’t an oil problem but


UND Seems To Be Actually Considering “7th Cavalry” As A Replacement For “Fighting Sioux”

Earlier this month I wrote a post about the University of North Dakota’s nickname transition process away from the controversial “Fighting Sioux” nickname. I specifically highlighted the fact that “7th Cavalry” had somehow made the consideration list for the university’s nickname committee. You know, Custer’s cavalry. The one involved in the Battle of the Little Big


NDSU President Decides He Needs A Chief Of Staff In Addition To His Chauffeur

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani has said of his job in the past that he spends just about one third of his time on “the mechanical running of the university.” He spends the rest of his time “talking about and representing the school – up to and including fundraising,” according to a 2013 profile