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League of Women Voters to Hold Mandan School Board Candidate Forum

Bismarck, N.D. — The League of Women Voters of Bismarck-Mandan and Dakota Media Access are holding forums for candidates running for election on June 12.  The first of the upcoming forums for Mandan School Board candidates will be held Thursday, May 10 in the Bosh Froehlich Room in Mandan City Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

The forums will be carried LIVE on Government Access, channel 2 and online at www.freetv.org.  The forums will be replayed and available for online viewing up until the June 12 election.

Questions for Mandan School Board candidates may be submitted by audience members in attendance or by viewers watching from home.  Viewers may call in questions during the forum to 701-667-3237.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that promotes the informed participation of all citizens in their government.  The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties.Dakota Media Access works to foster free speech and public dialog by making access to the electronic media available to all citizens through media training, access to media tools and transmission paths on a non-discriminatory basis.

Interview with “Trail Blazer” Ian Easton

Interview by Don Morrison

Ian Easton racing at the Dakota 50 near Spearfish, SD in 2011.

Ian Easton, 32, is a mountain bike racer. Ian’s enthusiasm and hard work is contagious and inspiring. He’s raced in many events around North Dakota, as well as the Almanzo 100 near Spring Val­ley, MN and the Dakota 50 in Spear­fish SD, where he was 37th of 600 last year. He rides with Grimsly’s Garage and the Burleigh County Bicycle Cult. Born and raised in Bismarck, Easton bartends at the Sports Page. In the wintertime, he plays amateur basket­ball and does a lot of training at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA.

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Gary Granzotto: New President of North Dakota ALF-CIO

By Don Morrison

Gary Granzotto, President of the ND ALF-CIO

(Gary Granzotto of Minot was elected President of the North Dakota AFLCIO at the state labor federation’s fall convention in Grand Forks. He succeeded Dave Kemnitz of Mandan who served as president for the past 28years. The Prairie Independent’s Don Morrison recently talked with Granzotto about the importance of what he does.)

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North Dakota near bottom in business subsidy accountability

“In a state that takes pride in transparency and sunshine laws, it is confounding why information regarding tax expenditures for economic development and enforcement of accountability measures are cloaked in secrecy,” says April Fairfield, Senior Policy Analyst for the North Dakota Economic Policy Project.

Despite the fact that many economic development deals fall short on job creation or other benefits, North Dakota and other states are highly inconsistent in how they monitor, verify and enforce the terms of job subsidies that cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year.  Many states fail to even verify that companies receiving subsidies are meeting their job-creation and other commitments, and many more have weak penalty policies for addressing non-compliance.

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Response to pipeline decision: From shrill to responsible

By Don Morrison

When President Barack Obama denied TransCanada Corporation’s permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, the reaction ranged from inflammatory accusations to statements on how North Dakota can take responsibility for what happens here.

President Obama made his decision because of the “rushed and arbitrary deadline” Congressional Republicans inserted into a payroll tax bill in December. That politically inspired deadline “prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people,” Obama said.

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