One of the most common curiosities about North Dakota politics during the past few years has been the mystery of a heavily Republican state being represented in Washington by three Democrats when Rep. Earl Pomeroy and Sens. Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad were serving.
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.
Ten years ago, President George Bush saw the entrepreneurial leadership of the U.S. in the world slipping away as China, Japan, India and Brazil becoming leading players in the global economy. He responded by proposing more energetic national leadership in education through what became known as the “No Child Left Behind” act.
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.
On Nov. 3, a committee of the Legislature received testimony and considered the merits of the initiated measure that proposes to repeal all property taxes in North Dakota beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The legislators were not impressed.
Even though it is too early to start placing bets on the 2012 election, John Dwyer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, wanted the best estimates at the annual meeting of the Lignite Energy Council in Bismarck earlier this month.
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