After 25 years of neutrality as director of the North Dakota Legislative Council, John Olsrud has broken his silence about the dangers of lobbying in a recent article carried by the Northern Plains Ethics Journal centered at North Dakota State University.RELATED CONTENT
While the Internet is full of scams and misinformation, the evolution of the online for-profit college is becoming one of the more serious as gullible students are lured into the system with unfounded claims and promises.RELATED CONTENT
Around 12,000 North Dakota children who should be in school won’t be there when it opens across the state this month.RELATED CONTENT
Founding Father James Madison would turn over in his grave if he knew what the American people were thinking about his premise that legislation should pass through a Congress whose wisdom would determine the public good.RELATED CONTENT
After a couple centuries of government support, the Protestant mores that have dominated the American culture are disappearing from the public square.
State policymakers across the country have always been plagued by undue political influence whenever an economic interest develops a huge stake in state policies.RELATED CONTENT
At a time when the nation needs to capitalize on the natural talents of all of its young people, skyrocketing tuition and borrowing have become major barriers for young people wishing to get a college degree. Even though a college degree is worth every dime in the long run, the upfront costs are forbidding.RELATED CONTENT
We welcome the development in the North Dakota Oil Patch and celebrate the benefits that will enrich mineral owners, landlords, community businesses, oil companies and the state treasury.RELATED CONTENT
Ten years ago, President George W. Bush saw the entrepreneurial leadership of the United States in the world slipping away, with China, Japan, India and Brazil becoming leading players in the global economy.
With the U.S. Postal Service on the edge of bankruptcy, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue – backed by the General Accountability Office – is proposing drastic across-the-board cuts to stabilize the agency.
Questions of conflicts of interest are continuing to haunt the North Dakota policymakers involved in the burgeoning oil industry.RELATED CONTENT
Any legislator who didn’t come to Bismarck with a bill to reform the State Board of Higher Education was simply left out of the conversation this session.RELATED CONTENT
The authority to initiate and refer laws, often called “direct democracy,” has been a constant irritant to the Legislature but, in fact, it has saved the assembly from some unpleasant job-threatening controversies.RELATED CONTENT
Not even Christmas can escape the divisive polarization that has embittered American politics. Christmas peace is being disrupted by an evolving controversy between the advocates of “Merry Christmas” and the revisionists who want “Happy Holidays.”RELATED CONTENT
Since my discussion on signature fraud in the initiative and referendum process appeared two weeks ago, Secretary of State Al Jaeger and I have been exchanging notes about the problem and likely solutions.RELATED CONTENT
A month hardly goes by without some scandal at an institution of higher learning appearing on the front pages of North Dakota’s newspapers.RELATED CONTENT
Because proponents of the property tax repeal have taken comments by former Gov. Ed Schafer and me out of context, we have issued a joint statement making it clear that we are opposed to Measure 2.RELATED CONTENT
Bill Scouton knew Kari Wigton before Dick Clark even knew she existed. So who is Bill Scouton, and who is Kari Wigton?RELATED CONTENT
By announcing that he will bypass the North Dakota Republican endorsing convention and go straight to the party primary in his quest for a U.S. House seat, Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer has thrown the party endorsing process into turmoil.RELATED CONTENT