On this episode of the Plain Talk Podcast, State Senator Merrill Piepkorn (D-Fargo) explains the reasoning behind his legislation to raise North Dakota's oil extraction tax from 5 percent to 6.5 percent. Especially after Democrats unsuccessfully campaigned on the issue in 2016 and 2018, and failed to get a ballot measure to accomplish this on the 2018 ballot. Also, why is the government so dysfunctional? Nationally our federal government is still shut down. Locally talk radio hosts and newspaper columnists rail about our "out of tough" Legislature.
“Measure 1 is actually so poorly written that it would institute a host of new restrictions and regulations on political speech and advocacy that would violate the First Amendment rights of all citizens.” That’s what the ACLU said about the “ethics” ballot measure last year, before voters approved it at the ballot box.
MINOT, N.D. -- Do you know what’s the worst? When some joker puts on an air of intellectual superiority and asks you if you know what the definition of insanity is, as if you’ve never heard that one before. You try not to roll your eyes as they tell you it’s “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” A quote they’ll then smugly attribute to some luminary -- usually Einstein, but there’s no evidence he ever said or wrote any such thing.
On this episode of the Plain Talk Podcast, Julie Ellingson from the North Dakota Stockmen's Association talks about legislation which would close off even unposted private land to public access unless the landowner gives permission. She says her group wants the legislation to better protect their property rights.
On this episode of the Plain Talk Podcast, state Rep. Jake Blum (R-Grand Forks) talks about his legislation to raise speed limits on North Dakota’s highways and interstates. Also, the Fargo Forum suddenly editorial lashes out at Republican lawmakers for supposedly disrespecting the will of the people when it comes to implementing Measure 1, which was approved by voters in the election last year.
American journalists are fond of blaming the politicians, and these days President Donald “fake news” Trump in particular, for declining public trust in journalistic institutions. This last week, though, the journalists really had nobody to blame but themselves.
State Auditor Josh Gallion joined Rob to talk about a report his office released detailing nearly $100 million in state funds tied up in state agency funds, despite those agencies getting appropriation increases amid overall budget cuts. Rob also talks about the debate over a bill to end North Dakota's Sunday closing laws. The bill passed, but some of the comments made during the debate were pretty silly.
Earlier this month I wrote about a debate that was expected for this legislative session over the presumption of access to unposted private land. Currently hunters and others can go on land that’s not posted. If land is posted, they have to obtain permission. That status quo put the onus on land owners, requiring that they opt out of allowing public access to their land instead of opting in.
Should the government be able to take a person's guns because a court finds you dangerous? Is that a reasonable protection for public safety, or something amounting to pre-crime? Denying a person their civil rights based on what they might do? Rep.
State Rep. Mary Johnson, a Republican from Fargo, has introduced legislation to address alleged discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas like hiring and housing. It’s HB1441 , which you can read in full below.