Not so long ago I had as a guest on my radio show Fargo-area citizen Peter Tefft. You can listen to the interview here .
I’m sure the folks at Enbridge, who are in the process of building the Line 3 Replacement pipeline which crosses down from Canada through the northeast corner of North Dakota and across Minnesota to Wisconson, are apprehensive that their project will turn into as big of a mess as the Dakota Access Pipeline did.
Back during their 2015 session North Dakota lawmakers removed from the oil industry a massive tax exemption triggered by low oil prices. They did so before low prices actually triggered it, keeping the state from losing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues during a time of severe revenue shortfalls. In exchange for the removal of that exemption lawmakers also lowered the state’s combined extraction and production taxes from a top rate of 11.5 percent to 10 percent.
MINOT, N.D. — Allow me to quantify the depths of failure the North Dakota Democratic-NPL party has achieved in recent election cycles. Republicans currently have a 38 to 9 majority in the state Senate and a 81 to 13 majority in the state House of Representatives. Democrats hold not a single statewide elected office in state government, and hold just one of three seats in North Dakota's delegation to Congress.
Yesterday on my radio show ( podcast here , audio below) I interviewed Mark Haugen. Haugen is the interim chairman of the new Nonpartisan League committee. That’s the group of people who want to take over the NPL part of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL party.
State Senator Tom Campbell just dropped his third television ad of the 2018 election cycle. Last week we got “Combine and a Prayer” as well as the pro-Trump ad “Message,” this week we get “Threshing.” Which Campbell turns into an agriculturally-themed pun. He’s going to give Washington a threshing .
MINOT, N.D. — I have some good news and bad news for North Dakota Republicans who are anxious to maintain and expand their grip on elected office. First, the bad news. Tom Campbell, a state Senator from Grafton, has not inspired a lot of confidence since noisily announcing a challenge to U.S. Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp with not one but two campaign ads. Already. In August of 2017. Sigh. Not only are NDGOP party officials still working on recruiting other candidates, but Campbell's
“U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is in an unenviable position,” writes Jennifer Duffy for the Cook Political Report , “she is a Democrat sitting in a state that President Donald Trump carried by 36 points and is a member of a Senate minority doing everything in its power to oppose Trump and Senate Republicans.”
Will President Donald Trump be an albatross around the neck of Republican candidates in North Dakota during the 2018 election cycle? Former state lawmaker Kylie Oversen, the titular chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, seems to think so. She says fear created by Trump's leadership is driving people to her party. "I would say that President Trump is the catalyst for a lot of people getting involved for the first time," she said during a recent event in the Fargo area. "Either because they're
From last summer through the first couple of months of 2017 there was an all-out assault on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters, summoned to rural south central North Dakota by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a myriad of environmental groups, blocked roads and set fires and harassed pipeline workers all in an attempt derail the project. It didn’t work. Oil flows through the Dakota Access Pipeline today, but the State of North Dakota did run up a $38 million bill for the law enforcement response.