On this episode of Plain Talk, state Senator David Hogue talks about his remarkable speech on the Senate floor to flip a unanimous "do not pass" committee recommendation on his resolution to reform initiated measures into a lopsided win in the floor vote. Also, https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/even-at-its-peak-violent-crime-in-... " target="
MINOT, N.D. -- The populist cranks slobbering about the initiated measure process and how it represents the “will of the people” have a hypocrisy at the heart of their argument.
The state Senate’s Committee’ on Government and Veteran Affairs voted on SCR4001 they gave it a unanimous “do not pass” recommendation. The resolution, introduced by Senator David Hogue (R-Minot), would amend the state constitution to require that ballot initiative which would amend the state constitution be approved by the Legislature in addition to the voters.
"It remains to be seen whether he really does have the power," Senator Kevin Cramer Cramer said on today's episode of Plain Talk in response to a question about President Donald Trump using an emergency declaration to free up funding for border security. "Clearly it's going to be challenged in the courts," Cramer added. "I have my doubts this declaration will be held up by the courts of the Congress," he continued. Responding to a question about Trump accusing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of "treasonous" and "illegal" activities, Cramer said "I'm not sure this is an exaggeratio
According to a survey commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, most North Dakotans can’t pass the citizenship test immigrants must take to gain residency in the United States. But that’s not unusual. Almost all of the states would flunk the test, according to the data. In fact, North Dakota had the 9th highest scores in the nation, but that’s not much to brag about given how poorly just about everyone did.
On this episode of Plain Talk, civil asset forfeiture has been a hot topic in Bismarck. Proposed legislation would creating new reporting requirements for how law enforcement uses the procedure, and it would also require a conviction for a crime before any assets are forfeited. McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson and Fargo-based defense attorney Mark Friese debate the reforms. Also, a lot of people are saying good things about socialism these days.
For some reason, there has been a spate of pro-socialism letters to the editor in the Red River Valley of late. A letter to the editor of the Fargo Forum this week derided President Donald Trump’s stand against socialism during his State of the Union speech by making the rather bizarre claim that “socialism and private enterprise work very well together.”
MINOT, N.D. -- To hear certain apologists for North Dakota’s higher education system tell it, things would be glorious if it weren’t for the short-sighted rubes in the the Legislature and the general public holding things back with our ridiculous demands for efficiency and accountability. If only we’d bow and scrape before the glorious vision of the university administrators things would be peachy.
On this episode of Plain Talk, yesterday the state House passed a bill to eliminate North Dakota's income taxes using Legacy Fund earnings. Is it a good idea or bad? Democrats are claiming the bill will make the state more dependent on oil taxes, but is that true? Also, Congressman Kelly Armstrong answers listener questions about border security, among other issues. Armstrong takes questions every week.
Yesterday I broke news about an unusual employment arrangement granted to University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy’s chief of staff. Under the terms, Angelique Foster would be allowed to work from her new home in Texas while collecting all of her current $114,000 per year salary and enjoying up to $25,000 per year in travel expenses.