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Podcast: Cramer Says Democrats “Should Be Greatly Relieved” He’s Not Running for Senate

Podcast: Cramer Says Democrats “Should Be Greatly Relieved” He’s Not Running for Senate

Below is the audio from today’s radio show. Remember you can get the audio delivered to your devices every day by subscribing to the podcast. “They should be greatly relieved,” Congressman Kevin Cramer told me of Democrats reacting to his decision not to run for the U.S. Senate. I had asked Cramer about some saying

Governor Doug Burgum opened North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly on Tuesday afternoon in front of a joint session of the legislature where he delivered the State of the State address. Gov. Burgum touched on a number of topics in the address but a continuing theme was lifelong education. "Learning begins with humility. Everyone has something to teach us," he said. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

It’s Not Appropriate to Sell Access to Governor Burgum’s State of the State Address

It’s a little unusual for a North Dakota Governor to deliver a “state of the state” address in a year when the Legislature isn’t in session. The Governor’s address to lawmakers at the beginning of their session every other year is required by law. But Governor Doug Burgum’s decision to deliver a “state of the

A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

The State of North Dakota Can’t Give Away Things It Doesn’t Own

As SAB readers know, there has been a years-long dispute over ownership of minerals under Lake Sakakawea. That lake is man-made, resulting from the Garrison Dam holding back Missouri River water. When the dam was built there was an eminent domain process whereby the government bought the private property which was to be flooded. But

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senate Leadership Fund Starts Ad Campaign Hitting Heitkamp Over Vote Against Tax Reform

“Heidi Heitkamp made a huge mistake siding with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to obstruct middle class tax cuts,” Steven Law, head of a Super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund, said in a recent press release. “We will take it to Democrats over and over this year on tax reform and are confident it

Podcast: NDFB President Daryl Lies, GOP National Press Secreatry Cassie Smedile

Below is today’s podcast from the radio show. Daryl Lies, President of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, called in from Tennessee where he’s on hand for the national Farm Bureau convention. He spoke about President Trump’s address to the convention yesterday. Cassie Smedile, National Press Secretary for the GOP, also called in to talk about

Isn’t Suing Drug Companies Over Opioid Addiction a Bit Like Blaming McDonald’s for Making You Fat?

The opioid epidemic is very real, and very ugly, both here in North Dakota and nationally. But does a lawsuit looking to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for drug addiction make sense? This from the Bismarck Tribune: Three Native American tribes from the Dakotas filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against major opioid manufacturers and

Congressman Kevin Cramer poses with his wife Kris in front of "Executive One" at the White House in Washington D.C. Photo via Twitter

There Is Nothing Wrong With Kevin Cramer Paying His Family to Work on His Campaign

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, despite her carefully cultivated public demeanor, is a petty and vindictive politician. But don’t take my word on it. The attack Heitkamp’s partisan surrogates launched on Congressman Kevin Cramer (a man on the verge of announcing a campaign for Heitkamp’s Senate seat) this week is evidence enough. It was a two-pronged assault,

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It’s Time for Congress to Bring Back Earmarks

Not so very long ago conservatives – including yours truly – railed against “pork barrel” earmark spending stuffed into bills before Congress. We held up egregious examples of wasteful spending (I’m sure you folks remember the infamous “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska) and spoke about the need to cut down on waste. The conservatives won

Things Which Belong to Everybody Belong to Nobody

Bike share programs are a nearly perfect distillation of the problems with the socialist ideals espoused by leftist leaders like Senator Bernie Sanders. I’m talking about the programs where bikes are left around to be freely used by whoever, not the bike rental services you see here and there. The latter is a model which

It’s Time for Congress to End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

North Dakota, like many other states, has moved toward legalization of marijuana. Voters approved a ballot measure in 2016 which legalized medical marijuana, and after some necessary adjustments to that law made by the Legislature state officials are in the process of implementing it. A petition for another ballot measure to legalize recreational use of


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