Will Senator Heidi Heitkamp back President Donald Trump on tax reform?
Here's one from the "give them an inch and they'll take a mile" department. Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a law exempting applicants for state government jobs from open records laws during the early rounds of the hiring process. I was a reluctant supporter of the change. The premise for the reform is that North Dakota's very strong, very broad transparency laws diminish the number of people who apply for openings.
There has been a lot of gnashing of teeth among Democrats over President Donald Trump’s executive actions last week. Specifically his decision to cut off illegal subsidies for insurance companies selling individual policies in the Obamacare exchanges.
MINOT, N.D. — We all see the hundreds of wind power turbines which dot the beautiful landscape of our region. We're told, by the supporters of these wind farms, that they're a boon to our society. That they're reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing cheap, reliable energy. Except, this week I spoke with a man from the University of California, Berkeley who says that's a lot of bunk.
Our blustery President, in one of his fits of social media pique, suggested that perhaps the broadcast license for NBC News ought to be pulled based on some of their coverage: With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!
Congressman Kevin Cramer joined me on my radio show yesterday for his weekly open phones segment, and responding to a caller question he ended up ripping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The caller was complaining about the lack of Republican progress on priorities like repealing Obamacare, and Cramer defended the House of Representatives pointing out that they passed a bill to repeal Obamacare which failed in the Senate.
I, like the rest of you, have been watching the stories about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein roll out with an amazed sort of disgust. There’s a lot to digest. Numerous victims. Numerous accusations. But most shocking, perhaps, is the laundry list of Weinstein’s enablers. From his own staff who helped Weinstein manipulate vulnerable women into situations where they could be exploited to members of the members of the news media who spiked stories about the movie titan’s alleged villainy. Who even allowed negative stories about his would-be accusers to be planted with them.
The case of a pipeline saboteur in Pembina County, N.D., is a perfect case-in-point for the dangerous radicalization taking place in the environmentalist movement. Activist Michael Foster has been convicted of two felonies stemming from his participation in turning off valves along the Keystone I pipeline. He is awaiting sentencing as I write this, and potentially faces decades in prison and thousands in dollars in fines for his actions.
How has Senator Heidi Heitkamp managed to be the only Democrat elected on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008? She invests a lot of time and energy posturing herself as a moderate who frequently dissents against the liberal orthodoxy of her fellow Democrats. A the policy area where she most often does this is energy, which isn’t surprising given how important oil, gas, and coal development are to North Dakota’s economy.
Whenever there is a high-profile tragedy involving firearms, the national debate turns to gun control. That debate includes a lot statistics about gun deaths, but here's one statistic you probably didn't realize: Most gun deaths in America are suicides. According to a report from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, hardly a bastion of sympathy for gun rights, roughly 60 percent of deaths resulting from the use of a firearm are suicides. Of that total, about 79 percent are white men.