STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Lawmakers discuss school bullying
BISMARCK Girls slapping, kicking, punching and insulting each other is common among students at a North Dakota elementary school, a mother told state lawmakers on Wednesday.
Brenda Lackman of Mandan... Posted on 1/19/11 at 7:12 PM
Collette Mathern, RN, of Mathern and Associates Legal Nurse Consulting, was approved by the North Dakota State Board of Nursing and selected by Na-tional Council of State Boards of Nursing to participate on the item development panel of subject matter experts that was held Jan. 12-15 in Chicago.
State Sen. Tim Mathern’s recent letter recalling the story of the Good Samaritan was a stark reminder that the religious leaders of that time failed to care for the person left at the side of the road. The parable was a direct challenge to the religious establishment to live out not only their beliefs, but also to take action based on their scriptural mandate to care for those on the margins of the society. We face the very same challenge today.
In the wake of epic flooding in North Dakota, it’s disappointing to see the North Dakota Legislature offering the least help to those who need it most, and the most help to those who need it least.
These backward priorities were on full display last week when the state Senate passed tax breaks for oil companies but rejected a proposal to provide unemployment insurance payments to those who were put out of work by the flood.
This newspaper endorsed incumbent Gov. John Hoeven for a third term claiming he is the person to move the state forward. A closer look makes it clear that in many ways we are either stagnating or moving backward.
Gov. John Hoeven’s laissez-faire approach to wind energy development is proving to be a risky move for North Dakota. In May, the U.S. Department of Energy released a report titled “20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply.” That report foreshadows the negative outcomes of Hoeven’s inaction.
North Dakota’s progress under Gov. John Hoeven has been nothing short of historic. Despite the near certainty of a national economic downturn, the state is positioned well to weather the storm. Hoeven can take a large measure of credit for the state’s good condition because he has championed investments in people and programs that are visionary and sustainable.
One day after his challenger made seven campaign stops before noon, Gov. John Hoeven spent an afternoon wandering the floor of the Fargodome during a women’s show.
The procession of handshakes, hugs and handling babies included a brief stop at a booth promoting an assisted living center, where the Republican incumbent slipped off his blue blazer to get a shoulder and back massage.
“This campaigning sure is hard work,” he said, smiling during the rubdown.
By Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press
, October 29, 2008
Tim Mathern, the Democratic-NPL candidate for governor, stands by a TV ad in which he says Gov. John Hoeven as much as endorsed privatizing Social Security.
Hoeven’s campaign says the governor has never done any such thing and does not support privatizing Social Security.
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Bureau
, October 29, 2008
An Ohio investments advisor has dumped $20,000 into North Dakota’s ballot measure to cut the income tax.
And the Democratic-NPL Party injected $50,000 into Sen. Tim Mathern’s gubernatorial race this week as he struggles to compete with incumbent Gov. John Hoeven’s campaign for a third term.
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Burau
, October 24, 2008
I have been a friend of Sen. Tim Mathern for more than 30 years and can say without reservation he is the best friend we could have in Bismarck.
The fourth child of a Catholic family of 13, his pro-life values were shaped and molded early on with particular attention to caring for the poor and vulnerable among us.
Roger E. Schwinghammer, Fargo, N.D.
, October 20, 2008
I am running for governor because I see the potential of this great state and know that we are not living up to it.
Middle class families are struggling with the rising cost of gas, groceries, taxes and health care. Salaries are not keeping up. I understand this struggle and am prepared to address it.
Sen. Tim Mathern, Fargo, N.D.
, October 20, 2008
I have had the privilege of hearing Tim Mathern speak on issues close to the heart of North Dakota. I am proud of the fact that Mathern has spent his life helping others. He grew up in the Edgeley area and has deep roots in the values we hold dear.
Jeanne Sexton-Brown, Lisbon, N.D.
, October 17, 2008
I was visiting with people about the excitement of building a new hospital in our rural area. What a great investment for rural North Dakota and I believe it is a strong statement that Jamestown Hospital is committed to the people here.
Sen. Tim Mathern gave me the most significant and life-changing experience while attending Minnesota State University, more than any other professor. There was not one day in the classroom that he did not address social policy issues with the class and we frequently had brainstorming sessions. He never stops working for his fellow North Dakotans!
Rachel Hubbling, Fargo, N.D.
, October 16, 2008
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