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Port: Let’s talk about how we’re going to replace Kennedy at UND
April 14, 2019 - 7:20am
MINOT, N.D. - Reading the headline, I’m sure some of you readers think I’m getting ahead of myself. After all, University of North Dakota...
Commentary: Stockpiling other people's money is a lousy goal for the government
August 5, 2018 - 7:26am
MINOT, N.D.—In 2009 the North Dakota Legislature passed a constitutional amendment to create a fund out of a portion of taxes on oil and...
Commentary: Are capricious state regulators contributing to ND's child care shortage?
July 15, 2018 - 7:55am
MINOT, N.D.—One of the most bedeviling problems facing the great state of North Dakota are chronic labor shortages, as generations of policymakers...
Commentary: It's time for North Dakota to legalize pot
July 10, 2018 - 2:09pm
MINOT, N.D.—This week organizers of a ballot measure aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana turned in an estimated 18,700 signatures...
Commentary: The politics of North Dakota's big bad budget bind
April 22, 2018 - 6:50am
MINOT, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum released his budget guidelines for the 2019-2012 biennium this week, and the tone of his fiscal message...
Commentary: The fight over online sales taxes cannot be about fairness
April 20, 2018 - 10:11am
“Our view: Put online sellers on equal footing,” is the headline over a Grand Forks Herald editorial today, making the point that the U.S....
Commentary: Paying to publish public notices is about more than subsidizing newspapers
April 4, 2018 - 7:38am
Do you ever read the public notices in your local newspaper? I pay attention to them. I once broke a story about a public housing official in...
Commentary: Trump will be the bellwether for North Dakota's federal campaigns
March 28, 2018 - 8:31am
The biggest factor in North Dakota's federal races this cycle — one for the U.S. Senate, the other for the House — may well be President...
Commentary: In veto fight, Burgum is about to learn that government really isn't a business
March 21, 2018 - 6:45am
MINOT, N.D. — Governor Doug Burgum is not happy about state lawmakers pursuing a legal challenge to some of the vetoes he issued against...
Commentary: Air pollution in North Dakota, an oil and coal state, is down 25 percent over the last 5 years
February 16, 2018 - 10:25am
To hear some environmental activists put it, you’d think North Dakota were an industrial wasteland where energy industry titans are allowed...
Commentary: In the breastfeeding debate, where are the property rights?
January 17, 2018 - 7:26am
The decision made by the management of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Fargo to eject a breastfeeding mother has caused some controversy in the...
Commentary: North Dakota’s Legislature may not be as conservative as you think
December 5, 2017 - 9:17am
If you listen to the gibberings of left wing commentators here in North Dakota you might get the idea that our state is run by an group of far-right...
Ed Schafer: Trump should emulate North Dakota on tax reform
September 6, 2017 - 7:46am
It’s a great day in North Dakota and I welcome President Trump to the Bismarck and Mandan communities. My hope is he learns about the ND experience...
Port: Cook Political Report: North Dakota’s Senate race 'leans Democrat'
August 24, 2017 - 8:02am
“U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is in an unenviable position,” writes Jennifer Duffy for the Cook Political Report, “she is a Democrat sitting...
Port: ND politicos are treating Trump like an election year asset
August 23, 2017 - 7:43am
Will President Donald Trump be an albatross around the neck of Republican candidates in North Dakota during the 2018 election cycle? Former...