News: US Supreme Court decision redefines the line between church and state   source: Quartz  

The doctrine of separation of church and state in American is embedded deeply into our culture. But where and how we separate the two will now likely change as the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Quartz has the story on the case and the implications of the ruling.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Africa is now the world’s testing ground for commercial drones   source: Quartz  

North Dakota likes to think of itself as a leader in UAS investment. And in the U.S., we are. But on a global scale, strict U.S. regulations are dampening the industries ability to advance at the pace dictated by commercial demands and technical ability. In Africa, regulatory burdens aren’t a problem there we’re seeing drones deployed in ways that are literally saving lives.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill   source: NPR  

If you’re confused by who to trust with regards to the news about the Republican-drafted revision Obamacare, Gisele Grayson with NPR put together a simple chart that outlines the proposed legislation’s impacts. It’s pretty straight forward information from a news source that I still trust operates with healthy dose of professional and journalistic integrity.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: North Dakota full legalization of marijuana ballot petition push to start in fall   source: Bismarck Tribune  

A citizen group in favor of the full legalization of marijuana in North Dakota has organized and is finalizing petition language before submitting it to the Secretary of State for approval. Once approved for circulation, petitioners have one year to gather the required signatures that would move the issue to a vote of the people.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Canadian Federal Government Sets Deadline for Provincial Marijuana Legalization   source: Winnipeg Free Press  

By July 1, 2018, marijuana will be legal North of the border. The interesting part, it’s the federal government in Canada that is setting the deadline. And if the provinces don’t put a framework in place for legalization, citizens seeking the product will be able to mail order it directly from the federal government. It’s newsworthy because of the extraordinary differences in the U.S. and Canadian federal governments […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Legislature Opts to Sue Governor Doug Burgum Over Vetoes   source: Say Anything Blog.com  

Shortly after the close of the legislative session, Governor Burgum took out his red veto pen and added his own thoughts to some of the legislation. That left a few of our legislative leaders a bit ruffled, and now after a couple months of deliberation and an Attorney General’s opinion that stated the Governor did indeed step too far in some cases, the chosen recourse is through the […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: North Dakota to Join Group of 13 States Threatening to Sue California Over Coal Divestment Initiative   source: Say Anything Blog.com  

Politics, policy, and activism all go hand in hand, and sometimes the best way to advance an agenda is through the back door. At least, that’s the what North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem suspects with regard to recently introduced policy by California’s Insurance Commissioner that would force insurance companies to disclose investments in fossil fuel industries. Rob Port with Say Anything has the story.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: County Upholds Right-of-Way Policy   source: Minot Daily News  

A months-long debate over a decades-old Ward County policy that requires landowners to donate right-of-way land to the County upon platting land up to 40 acres has been decided. But opponents of the policy say they will not quit. Jill Schramm with the Minot Daily News has the story on the landowner rights versus the County issue.

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Congress Working on National Self-Driving Car Regulations   source: WIRED  

The U.S. Congress has finally acknowledged that self-driving cars are coming whether we’re afraid of them or not. And if that’s the case, then we should probably have a few laws and regulations that govern the who, how, and when they’re operated. And as lawmakers are quickly finding out, self-driving cars not only a new technological animal but a regulatory one as well. Aarian Marshall with WIRED has the […]

Summary by: Josh Wolsky

News: Ohio Opioid Addiction Lawsuit Targets Pharmaceutical Companies   source: NPR  

The state of Ohio is suing five pharmaceutical companies for what the state contends is their direct role in fueling the opioid epidemic that’s sweeping the country. The quote from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that tells the story of how the state intends to direct the case… Defendants persuaded doctors and patients that what they had long known — that opioids are addictive drugs, unsafe in most […]

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Good Talk Minot #4: Fleshing out the Water Balloon Debacle

Commentary: Good Talk Minot #4: Fleshing out the Water Balloon Debacle

In episode #4 of The Good Talk Minot, Jonah Lantto of The Good Talk Network and I discuss the now-in-the-past water balloon debacle of 2017. If you’re unfamiliar with the incident, you can get a refresher from this Minot Daily article. The conversation helped me flesh out my thinking on the topic. Here’s where I landed: We need policies in place to act as a guide for people and […]