Before I make my argument, I should acknowledge that the business community in North Dakota has come out in opposition to HB1509 .
RNC National Spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany joins Plain Talk today to explain what the government shutdown did and did not accomplish, whether President Trump lost his leverage by re-opening the government, and the politics around the State of the Union address. Also, North Dakota state agencies try to kill bills they don’t like with fiscal notes, should it be allowed to happen?
MINOT, N.D. -- Are pro-life Republicans interested in creating headlines or reducing the number of abortions? I’m pro-life, but I couldn’t help but be frustrated this week when the Republican majority in the North Dakota House of Representatives passed HB1336 on a 73-16 vote .
Let’s say your great-grandfather immigrated to North Dakota and started a farm. It was a successful operation and, upon his death, he left it to your grandfather and his brother. The brothers kept the operation successful and left it to their sons, your father and his cousin. They, too, find success and they want to keep the family tradition alive and leave the farm to their sons. Only their sons are second cousins, and under North Dakota law that’s not allowed.
Now comes the time in erstwhile Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s political career when she works with sympathetic media allies to try and rewrite the history of her fall from elected office. The Senator did an interview with my colleague Mike McFeely – a former employee of her brother’s – and in it suggested there is “great irony” in some North Dakotans voting against her. Specifically, she’s referring to the oil and coal industries.
On today’s episode of Plain Talk, state Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot) explains why we need more partisanship in local elections. He’s the primary sponsor of a bill to require that local candidates – everyone from municipal government leaders to county commissions to sheriffs – declare a partisan affiliation on the ballot or mark themselves as independent.
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.