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December 3, 2012
Column: Post claims Heitkamp was best candidate
After ranking Gov. Rick Perry of Texas as the worst candidate in 2012, The Washington Post turned around and proclaimed Heidi Heitkamp as the best. The Post pointed out that Mitt Romney garnered 58 percent of the 323,000 votes in North Dakota while Barack Obama received only 39 percent....
December 3, 2012 - 6:35am
October 8, 2012
Column: Considering solutions for signature fraud in N.D.
Since my column on signature fraud in the initiative and referendum process appeared two weeks ago, Secretary of State Al Jaeger and I have been exchanging notes about the problem and likely solutions. Initially, I cited the incarceration of a petition leader for signature fraud...
October 8, 2012 - 6:16am
September 17, 2012
Column: New money requires budgeting with foresight
The removal of the natural resources initiative from the ballot due to fraudulent signatures will not only give the sponsors an opportunity to build a stronger case for their proposal but it will also force policymakers to give serious consideration to better budgeting for effective...
September 17, 2012 - 7:13am
September 10, 2012
Signature fraud rescues resource proposal
Alleged fraud in the collection of signatures has rescued the initiated measure to divert state oil revenue to natural resources programs from the Nov. 6 ballot. The measure was removed when it appeared that thousands of signatures were improperly entered on the petitions by paid...
September 10, 2012 - 6:43am
August 27, 2012
Nonvoters give excuses for not participating
According to USA Today, 90 million people (45 percent of the electorate) will not vote in the upcoming November election. Among them will be 175,000 North Dakotans, or 35 percent of our eligible electorate. While this is not an abnormal number of nonvoters, USA Today and Suffolk...
August 27, 2012 - 6:23am
July 9, 2012
Looking for the causes of polarization
If you celebrated the founding of America on July 4th, I am compelled to ask you for an explanation. We have become a country of such malcontents and ingrates that I wonder if there is anything good to celebrate. In fact, we have turned our great democracy into a divided, uncivil...
July 9, 2012 - 6:28am
June 18, 2012
Creating a future rests on prioritizing the present
Now that the raid on the state treasury has been curbed with defeat of a costly property tax repeal, North Dakota can start thinking seriously about strategic planning for the future. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has been expressing the belief that our oil wealth makes it possible to create...
June 18, 2012 - 6:37am
May 28, 2012
Keeping Sioux logo won't punish NCAA
In the recent Forum Communications poll, 56 percent of those intending to vote on June 12 indicated they would vote yes on Measure No. 4 to retire the Fighting Sioux logo while 44 percent said that they intended to vote no to keep the logo. With this margin, logo opponents may think...
May 28, 2012 - 5:43am
May 17, 2012
Former ND Gov, Lt. Gov oppose prop tax measure
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Former North Dakota Republican Gov. Ed Schafer and Democratic Lt. Gov. Lloyd Omdahl are joining up to fight a proposal to abolish property taxes. Schafer and Omdahl put out a joint statement Thursday saying they oppose Measure 2 on the June 12 primary ballot....
May 17, 2012 - 6:00pm
May 7, 2012
Religion is safe in conservative N.D.
The high emphasis placed on religion during the Republican presidential debates prompted the Pew Research Center to poll the public reaction to this feature of the contest. Thirty-eight percent of the people thought that there was too much religious talk by politicians, an all-time...
May 7, 2012 - 6:38am
April 2, 2012
Productivity assessment curbs taxes for farmers
Ballooning land and commodity prices will have only a nominal impact on property taxes. The outrageous land prices, as much as $5,000 an acre in the Red River Valley, would have been catastrophic for farmers had the state not changed from a market to a productivity assessing system...
April 2, 2012 - 6:45am
March 26, 2012
Bringing Congress, Electoral College closer to home
Just about everyone is unhappy with civic affairs in America these days. Congress and many other public institutions are held in low regard. We have turned into a nation of malcontents. Instead of changing the personnel, our usual solution is to attack the institutions. So everyone...
March 26, 2012 - 6:46am
February 27, 2012
History explains Democratic delegation in Washington
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. The truth is...
February 27, 2012 - 6:17am
February 6, 2012
Skyrocketing tuition is ramping up student debt
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...
February 6, 2012 - 6:43am
January 16, 2012
No child should be left behind in N.D.
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...
January 16, 2012 - 6:24am