Governor Doug Burgum put a period at the end of the sentence of his first year in office by delivering a ( special interest sponsored ) State of the State address on the Minot State University campus. But according to Morning consult, which polls the popularity of governors on a quarterly interval, during that first year Burgum’s approval among North Dakotans has fallen.
Ellen Chaffee, Democrat Ryan Taylor's running mate in his 2012 gubernatorial campaign, is circulating a draft constitutional amendment which would, among other things, create an ethics commission for the State of North Dakota. The aim is to put the amendment before voters by way of the initiated measure process. I obtained a copy of the draft by way of someone who was asked by Chaffee to be on the sponsoring committee for the measure.
Ellen Chaffee, a former President of Valley City and Mayville State Universities and a stalwart of the left wing of North Dakota’s Democratic Party, has been circulating a proposed ballot measure which would amend North Dakota’s state constitution to, among other things, create an ethics commission. You might remember that Chaffee was also Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor’s running mate back in 2012.
Earlier this month I broke the news that Bismarck businessman, and former NDGOP Chairman, Gary Emineth was considering a run for the U.S. Senate. This morning I can report, based on information from a source close to Emineth who spoke on condition of anonymity, that said run will happen. Click here to continue reading.
Earlier this month I broke the news that Bismarck businessman, and former NDGOP Chairman, Gary Emineth was considering a run for the U.S. Senate. This morning I can report, based on information from a source close to Emineth who spoke on condition of anonymity, that said run will happen.
MINOT, N.D. — "It has not impacted my job." That's what North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger told me during an interview on my radio show this week (you can catch the audio at SayAnythingBlog.com if you're interested). He was talking about his struggles with alcohol addiction, and I pushed him hard on the issue. It's a sensitive one. I'm certain Rauschenberger is uncomfortable talking about it. Who wouldn't be?
The audio from today’s radio show is below. If you want the audio of every show delivered directly to your device, subscribe to the podcast . Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger joined me on air today. He’s seeking a second full term in office. He was appointed by former Governor Jack Dalrymple to the Cory Font’s uncompleted term and won election to a term of his own in 2014.
The environmental activism aimed at impeding, and sometimes even blocking, the build-out of energy infrastructure such as pipelines and refineries/processing plants is bad for the environment. Don’t believe me? Witness the problems the oil and gas industry is having in addressing the flaring issue here in North Dakota. Back in 2014 our state developed, along side said industry, a plan for reducing the amount of gas flared in the state. It featured a cap on the amount of gas allowed to be flared that has reduced over time.
Yesterday Governor Doug Burgum gave a thorough, 90-minute “state of the state” address on the campus of Minot State University. In it he spoke of his administration’s efforts and accomplishments in 2017, the first year of Burgum’s term in office, as well as his vision going forward. Here’s the full video of the event if you missed it:
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was one of the few Democrats who voted with Republicans to keep the federal government open. Good on her, though the vote looks more calculated than authentic when you consider which other Senate Democrats voted like Heitkamp did. The list, in addition to Heitkamp, includes Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Doug Jones of Alabama. The common denominator among these Democrats? Aside from Jones, the rest are up for re-election this year in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.