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Heitkamp supports denying Americans their rights without due process

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp wants the government to be able to deny you constitutionally-protected rights not because you’ve been convicted of a crime, or found to be incompetent or dangerous through some legal process, but rather because the government has decided to put you on a list. I’m not ...

March 3 commemorates National Anthem

It was the War of 1812; a conflict fought between the United States, Great Britain, and their respective allies, primarily over freedom of the seas. The British took Washington, D.C. in August of 1814, then moved up the Chesapeake Bay to take Baltimore. On September 12, they arrived at Fort ...

What if school shootings aren’t actually an epidemic?

Seen through the prism of myopic and sensationalist media coverage, not to mention the self-aggrandizing and almost ubiquitous lecturing from politicians and media pundits and celebrities, it’s easy to perceive that America has an epidemic of mass shootings. Their narrative holds that ...

Senate race will be down, dirty as it gets

Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., now a wannabe U.S. senator, has never won a tough election. He’s been in only two that were real tests, both against Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., (1996 and 1998), and Cramer handily lost both. One of those losses was distinguished by Cramer’s odious ...

Ole makes a preliminary inquiry in heaven

"Okay, Ole Barfson, you come out now,” St. Peter barked gruffly (lovingly, of course) to a cloud that was floating by his work station as he was adding and deleting names on his high speed computer. “How did you know I was in there?” Ole asked as he brushed off stars that had ...

Senate campaign begins: Bring it on!

As you probably know by now, I’m in the Senate race. After much prayer and long conversations with my wife, Kris, and all our family, we’re all in. And we’re pretty excited about it. This will be a highly contested race. As you think about who to support, think about what you know to ...

This is what happens when Democrats spend too much time listening to themselves

I’ve long felt that North Dakota’s Democrats, from their scant few elected officials down to their rank-and-file party activists, live in a bubble. They convene on social media, or as audiences for party surrogates in the media, and convince themselves that North Dakota is a corrupt state ...

You haven’t beaten Heidi Heitkamp yet, Republicans

As I write this column there is much jubilation from Republicans in my social media feeds over Congressman Kevin Cramer finally announcing his campaign for the Senate. There is also much snarling from my left wing friends who had thought, when Cramer previously announced in January that ...

The liberal Christian approach to moral values

With 81 percent of Americans bemoaning the decline of moral values in America, the conservative right is encouraged by a national administration that has surrendered its religious policymaking to evangelical Christians. To Christian liberals, this constitutes political meddling in matters ...

2018 will generate new fights over moral values

With 81 percent rating moral values in the U.S. as only fair or poor, we have consensus in the country that should foster some sort of response. The folks who have an abiding concern over the moral state of society now have a number of supporters in the national administration, giving them ...

Burgum’s Super Bowl adventure shows ND doesn’t need an ethics commission

i am going to make an argument to you that, at first blush, may seem illogical. Gov. Doug Burgum’s decision, amid mounting criticism from myself and others, to reimburse Xcel Energy for $37,000 worth of luxury Super Bowl accommodations for himself and his wife demonstrates why we don’t ...

A lifetime commitment to cancer prevention

Of you’re like many Americans, you are already struggling to keep your new year’s resolutions. But consider the big picture: lifestyle changes like exercising more, quitting smoking and eating better are long-term strategies that may reduce your risk of cancer. About 1.7 million Americans ...

Democrats should be wary of hubris in the 2018 cycle

I’ve been having a lot of conversations with liberal friends of mine about North Dakota’s 2018 Senate race. They’re awfully confident. So much so they remind me of another group of people. Republicans in the 2012 election cycle (including this right-of-center observer, I must ...

Important real news you may have missed

Obesity expanded in North Dakota as the battle of the bulges continued. According to unofficial estimates, residents gained 1,030,000 pounds and increased 279,000 inches of girth. Obesity advocates want to add girth to gender, age and race as protected persons and outlaw the Body Mass Index. ...

Does North Dakota need an ethics commission?

Ellen Chaffee, Democrat Ryan Taylor’s running mate in his 2012 gubernatorial campaign, is circulating a draft constitutional amendment which would, among other things, create an ethics commission for the State of North Dakota. The aim is to put the amendment before voters by way of the ...

Local Opinion: Rauschenberger deserves another shot after DUI

"It has not impacted my job.” That’s what North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger told me during an interview on my radio show this week (you can catch the audio at SayAnythingBlog.com if you’re interested). He was talking about his struggles with alcohol addiction, and I ...

Heitkamp’s antics were unhelpful to finding a shutdown resolution

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was one of the few Democrats who voted with Republicans to keep the federal government open. Good on her, though the vote looks more calculated than authentic when you consider which other Senate Democrats voted like Heitkamp did. The list, in addition to Heitkamp, ...

Commissioner Fedorchak, pump the brakes

In North Dakota we harbor a skepticism of government regulation that is almost cultural in its pervasiveness. Don’t get me wrong, we support the rule of law. Anarchy is not the North Dakota way. But we are, as a state, deeply suspicious of regulatory overreach. Which is why Public Service ...