News: N.D. State Sen. Grabinger running for Congress

A Jamestown area Democratic State Senator has entered the race for North Dakota’s lone House of Representatives seat. Inforum has the introductory article on John Grabinger. He’s the second Democrat to announce his intent to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat. Ben Hanson of Fargo has been declared for several months.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Who’s Going to Capitalize on the North Dakota/NAFTA Talking Point?

Commentary: Who’s Going to Capitalize on the North Dakota/NAFTA Talking Point?

In November of 2017, two studies were made public regarding the effect of NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement) were it to be repealed. One study was done by BMO Capital Markets and the other by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The third most vulnerable state were NAFTA to be repealed would be North Dakota. The two most vulnerable states are Michigan and Wisconsin. The other states...

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Welcome to Washington… er … La-La Land

Commentary: Welcome to Washington… er … La-La Land

This month has been what looks like a reality check. Let’s stipulate to a few facts. In Washington, D.C. we have a Republican President, a Republican House of Representatives and a Republican Senate. In the opinion of these duly elected persons, a tax decrease is needed to stimulate the economy. This is at a time when unemployment is at its lowest level in years and the stock market...

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Commentary: How we recruited over 50 candidates to run for office in Greenwich, Connecticut

Here in North Dakota, most readers of this article will need to withhold judgment after reading the first sentence. If you can do that, you’ll read an inspired call to action to get serious about local government and civic engagement. There’s little we can do to shape the larger, divisive political rhetoric, but locally, there are many opportunities to make a difference.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Hi, my name is America, and I have a problem

Commentary: Hi, my name is America, and I have a problem

It is common knowledge that the USA is the greatest country on earth. It is very hard for me to dispute that as a fact because to do so would be less than graceful. The USA has been very good to me. It has provided me with a wonderful public education system which was subsidized by the taxpayers. It has provided me with a lifetime living in a...

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News: Burgum opens applications for State Water Commission

The State Water Commission is a hugely influential body, they’re responsible for directing the Water Commissions legislative appropriation which in recent bienniums numbered in the hundreds of millions of dollars. They’re also the organization informing many aspects of our local flood protection project. And at the conclusion of yesterday’s meeting, Governor Burgum announced that there was going to be some significant turnover in those serving. John Hageman with...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Legislature Opts to Sue Governor Doug Burgum Over Vetoes

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

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Maybe a Democrat in the middle is good for North Dakota

Commentary: Maybe a Democrat in the middle is good for North Dakota

In today’s angry polarized political environment, I watch my good friend, Heidi Heitkamp being pilloried by the right as being too liberal and the left for being too conservative. To old school politicos such as myself, that tells me that she is probably doing a good job. The Democratic party, even in its hay day, was never all that liberal. The cooperatives, which the hard right compares to...

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