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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Council Candidates Comment on the drug problem and local solutions

News: Council Candidates Comment on the drug problem and local solutions

The final question in our City Council candidate’s forum is on the growing drug problem and solutions the City can contribute to. And for more on the election and other forum questions, check out our election headquarters here. If you appreciate this content, please share it with a friend. Please comment on the drug problem that exists within the community. How do you envision the City of Minot’s role...

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On Becoming Informed, Minot, and Public Service

Commentary: On Becoming Informed, Minot, and Public Service

On May 24th I attended a candidate forum for the candidates running for Minot City Council. It was sponsored by the Minot Daily News which I credit for its dedication to community awareness. Although the attendance was pretty good, I suspect the questions were not as detailed or as expansive as those asked by the Minot Voice at this site. I also suspect that many more individuals checked...

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Candidates comment on the size of city government

News: Candidates comment on the size of city government

Question ten of eleven in our online City Council candidate’s forum is on the size of Minot’s city government and departments. For more on this forum and information about Minot’s City Council election and candidates, check out our election headquarters here. If you appreciate this content, please share it with a friend. Are city departments currently ‘right-sized’? If not, where would you propose to add or cut? Are...

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Council candidates comment on relocating city hall

News: Council candidates comment on relocating city hall

Question nine of eleven in our online City Council candidate’s forum is on the need to relocate Minot’s City Hall. For more on this forum and information about Minot’s City Council election and candidates, check out our election headquarters here. If you appreciate this content, please share it with a friend. Please comment on the proposal to relocate City Hall from its current location into downtown. Where does...

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