Category Archives: Politics

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The political climate in and around Bismarck, Mandan, and all of North Dakota.

Who Do They Represent?

Betty Mills

By Betty Mills

On a list of issues concerned with the lives of women, the American Association of University Women analyzed critical votes by members of the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate in the first session (2011) of the 112th Congress. The legislation in­cluded campus safety, education, jobs (women make up 76 % of the teach­ing profession), the paycheck fairness act, reproductive health, and several bills concerned with the budget.

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Landowners Say State Government Needs to Correct Pipeline Company Tactics

From Dakota Resource Council

Some landowners in the Oil Patch say the State of North Dakota must stop ignoring major problems with current pipeline development while it pro­motes more oil pipelines as called for by the recent Governor’s pipeline summit.

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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Photo from americanprogress.org

By Linda Garding

On Thursday, June 28 the US Supreme Court upheld the ma­jority of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, to a variety of reviews. The reviews have been heartfelt to funny to downright nasty. President Obama said, “This is a good day for millions of Amer­icans who can continue to benefit from the protections and economic security provided by the Affordable Care Act”. On the funny to nasty side, radio com­mentator, Rush Limbaugh said he would move to Costa Rica if the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Appar­ently, he does not realize Costa Rica has universal health care for its citizens.

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Landowners Say State Government Needs to Correct Pipeline Company Tactics

BISMARCK—Some landowners in the Oil Patch say the State of North Dakota must stop ignoring major problems with current pipeline development while it promotes more oil pipelines as called for by the recent Governor’s pipeline summit.

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The Farmers Share

By Katy Kassian

Found it vastly alarming that according to the USDA the farmer, on average, receives 15.8 cents of every dollar that we, the consumer spend on food.

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Talking Points On Oil and Gas Prices and Production

By A.L. “Bud” Johnson.
Reprinted by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader

Recent news stories express concern over rising oil and gasoline prices and their pos­sible adverse effect on the recovering US economy. Consequently, it might be useful to review the causes for rising prices, as well as to cite some significant benefits to North Dakota and the U.S. economy.

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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

By Charlie Barber. Reprinted by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader.

“I don’t know what we’re standing in the way of. This is a full-blown boom. Instead of sending $1 billion a day to buy oil from the Mideast, we can send it to the Midwest of our own country.”

– Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D.,
Bismarck Tribune, 4/4/12

“Some of the wise monkeys in North Dakota’s Oil Patch (“see no evil,” “hear no evil,” “speak no evil” of Japanese folklore) would like the state’s news media to censor the news coming out of oil country. Maybe “censor” is too strong a word. They want news manipulated to emphasize the positive (there is plenty of it) and downplay the negative (there is plenty of that, too.)”

– Fargo Forum, 4/13/12

“The simple truth is that the long-term viability of all UND athletics is at risk [if the ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname is kept].”

– Rick Burgum, UND Alumni
Association, Bismarck Tribune, 5/2/12

“…where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.”

– Thomas Gray

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Alliance Pipeline Meets with Some Landowner Resistance

By Ashley Lau
Reprinted with Permission from the Tioga Tribune

Emotion bubbled over at what was supposed to be a “good neighbor” meeting between Alliance Pipeline representa­tives and area landowners.

Photo of White Earth Valley courtesy of Brenda Jorgenson

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The Measure of a State

By Stacy Sturm

There are four measures on the ballot June 12. Two have been promoted and debated and then promoted and debated some more. But the other two have been added quietly and are garnering little attention. Here are ALL the measures and what a “Yes” or “No” vote would mean.

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Letter: Don’t Vote for Discrimination

Dear Editor:

Measure 3, at first glance seems like a winner– who wouldn’t “Vote YES for Religious Freedom”?

Looking closer at Measure 3, voting yes is a bad idea. A creation of the Catholic Dioceses of North Dakota, Measure 3 would reward religious institutions and individuals who deny basic services we are entitled to under US law and reinforce discrimination based on religious beliefs.

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