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Adjourning the Court on Brett Kavanaugh

The judicial branch of the federal government “will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution,” Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist Paper 78. “The judiciary,” he continued, “has no influence over the sword or the purse” and “is beyond ...

Talking Trinity: A new healthcare campus and medical district

alking Trinty is a occasionally recurring address directly to readers from Trinity Health, as part of an agreement in which Minot Daily News is the exclusive conduit of this Trinity news and information – straight from the source. Introduction The current healthcare environment demands ...

Poor Lloyd’s poor original almanac

hen you get old, everything you open is a can of worms. ~ Politics is never a choice between good and bad. It’s a choice between bad and worse. Sometimes, it isn’t even a choice. ~ One-third of North Dakotans are obese, ...

The fight over Kavanaugh is tanking Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign

By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won’t hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The ...

The fight over Kavanaugh is tanking Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign

By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won’t hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The ...

Community Economic Development Initiative stalls

"Order! Order!” bellowed Chairperson Ork Dorken as he opened a special meeting of the Homeland Security Committee in the historic ZCBJ community hall. The town’s 12 electors were giddy with expectation, looking forward to three major economic development reports. Old Sievert was sitting ...

Don’t take my word for it, ACLU says Measure 1 is an affront to free speech

Last month I wrote in this column that Measure 1, the so-called “anti-corruption” amendment put on the November ballot thanks to professional petitioners paid mostly by a group of Hollywood celebrities, was an affront to the First Amendment. The left-wing supporters of the measure scoffed ...

Good reasons to vote ‘no’ on marijuana measure

As though North Dakota doesn’t have a large enough choice of mind-altering addictions, Measure No. 3 on the general election ballot will ask the voters to approve unfettered use of marijuana for general consumption. This “recreational” drug is used to intentionally change the user’s ...

Measure One to fight corruption

With the goal of protecting North Dakota governments from corruption, Measure No.1 has been placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot as a constitutional amendment. Initiated by a citizen’s committee, the proposal covers campaign finances, transparency, lobbying, and conflicts of ...

ND’s Senate race far from over

Conventional wisdom says that Kevin Cramer leads Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate race in North Dakota. That might be right, based on the fundamentals, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to win. The U.S. Senate campaign in North Dakota is far from over. The fundamentals are against ...

Trump’s next visit to North Dakota should be to Indian country

"What have you got to lose?” That was President Donald Trump’s entreaty to North Dakota’s Native American voters during a recent visit to Fargo in support of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. It’s an echo of a similar argument Trump ...

Talking Trinity: Trinity breaks more ground this week

A Breaking More Ground Ceremony for a new hetalthcare campus and medical district in Minot will be held Thursday. The groundbreaking for the new Trinity Health Healthcare Campus and Medical District will be at the northwest corner of the new healthcare campus and medical district property ...

Seeking justice, fairness in senate race

(Oskar and Olsok Thorvildsen, representing the local chapter of the World Association for Fairness, Justice and Equality, exited the elevator on the seventh floor of the state capitol where the Board of Equalization was holding its annual meeting to correct property assessments.) Oskar ...

North Dakota finances are a house of cards

We have the well-plugging fund, budget stabilization fund, abandoned mine fund, highway tax distribution fund, Legacy Fund, coal development fund, Center of Excellence Fund and a few dozen more funds listed on the home page of the state treasurer. I would also recommend checking the five ...

Heidi Heitkamp must think we’re all very stupid

When asked recently by The Hill newspaper whether or not she’d like former President Barack Obama to campaign for her here in North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was blunt in response. “Nope, no,” the paper quoted her as saying. Of course Heitkamp doesn’t want Obama on the campaign ...

Winning elections by dividing is bad for society

It’s a fashionable thing, particularly in election years, to bemoan the tone of modern politics. I understand why – the word “obnoxious” may as well have been invented to describe desperate political campaigns raining down hyperbole and opprobrium on the electorate – but to describe ...

Labor and other neglected days of honor

Out of the bitter labor-management conflicts of the 1880s and 1890s evolved what is known today as Labor Day, passed into law in 1894. But it has gone the way of several other holidays, honored more for its shopping opportunities than recognition of the working people. Few spend Memorial Day ...

The absurdity of identity politics when identity is self-identified

There’s some weird stuff going on in the national Democratic Party, otherwise known as the organization North Dakota Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp and Mac Schneider like to pretend they aren’t a part of during election years. In recent weeks the party has had to address the problem of ...