Despite some rude and ugly behavior on the part of some of the Tea Party participants, the notion of a grass roots movement concerned with government was a comforting one. The low voting rate of our citizens has been a black mark on the national report card and here were people willing to stand up and be counted, even be mouthy.
Well, burst that bubble.
The North Dakota League of Cities published a paper entitled “Words Matter: Understanding Measure Two” that raises several unanswered issues regarding the measure to eliminate property taxes in North Dakota. This Measure is a constitutional measure that is to be decided by the voters of the State and as such they should look at the following concerns before voting on the measure.
Posted in Current Affairs, Opinion, Politics
Tagged Bismarck, Event, Measure 2, North Dakota, Opinion, PI Staff, politics, tax, vote
What the law says
State Regulatory Authority employees, which include PSC commissioners, “shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or any other thing of monetary value, from a coal company which: (1) Conducts or is seeking to conduct, operations or activities that are regulated by the State Regulatory Authority.”
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
30 C.F.R. § 705
Demonstrators holds signs outside of the Civic Center during Republican Convention
By Linda Garding
On Friday, March 30 a group of North Dakota citizens protested in front of the Bismarck Civic Center where the ND Republican Convention was being held. The protest was focused on the vote Representative Berg cast in favor of the Ryan Budget Bill in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC.
Posted in Current Affairs, Politics
Tagged 30, Berg, Bismarck, Bismarck Civic Center, Budget, Economy, Friday, House, Linda Garding, March, North Dakota, politics, protest, Representatives, Ryan, Senior Citizens
By Todd Ford
My daughter came home a month ago and gave me that amazed look of hers. “Why didn’t you tell me Miyazaki had a movie coming out?” She’d seen the poster for The Secret World of Arrietty displayed in the lobby of the Grand Theater. She was so excited she almost sent the stack of Miyazaki DVDs that live on our end table tumbling.
Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Columnists, Current Affairs, Etc, Film, Politics, Todd Ford
Tagged 1985, activist, anime, calm, cinema, Cinema 100, daughter, discussion, environment, feature, film, flick, Future, Grand Theater, Greenpeace, Hayao, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, japan, Kiki's Delivery Service, Miyazaki, movie, My Neighbor Totoro, nature, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Netflix, Opinion, politics, Ponyo, serene, Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli, The Secret of Arriety, Todd Ford, Totoro
Approval of the proposed Keystone XL would help protect western North Dakota’s infrastructure and create thousands of jobs, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Wednesday.”
– Bismarck Tribune, 1/12/12
“Hopes for the Keystone pipeline to provide a meaningful outlet for Bakken oil are unrealistic and misguided.”
– A.L. “Bud” Johnson – CIA Oil and Gas Analyst
“Colorado company proposes oil pipeline in N.D.”
– Bismarck Tribune, 2/17/12
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Former Democratic US Senate Candidate Tom Potter of Grand Forks has announced his opposition to Measure 3 on the primary election ballot.
Posted in Current Affairs, Politics
Tagged ballot, freedom, Measure 3, North Dakota, politics, Potter, primary election, religious freedom, religious liberty, Tom Potter
Bureau of Labor Statistics
There is a lot of hot rhetoric about how bad the national economy is, especially now that the Republican presidential primary season is in full swing.
By Charlie Barber
Abridged/printed by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader, Fargo, ND
After living all of her 82 years in the same community, Lois Sinness left her hometown this month, crying and towing a U-Haul packed with her every possession…’Our rents were raised, and we did not have a choice,’ Sinness said. ‘We’re all on fixed incomes, living mostly on Social Security, so it’s been a terrible shock.'”
– Bismarck Tribune, 11/15/11
“Former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer has joined the board of Continental Resources Inc., the state’s largest oil producer, months after he led an unsuccessful public campaign to prod the Legislature into cutting oil tax rates.”
– Bismarck Tribune, 11/8/11 Continue reading
By Betty Mills
If I told you the Republican Party as a policy of the party has spent millions of dollars to prevent people from voting, you might be inclined to doubt it. After all, this is the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Ever hear of the word “caging?” You’re thinking zoo or dog training or maybe canary? There is another much more sinister definition at play in the electoral fields of this country. It is one of the techniques deliberately employed by the Republican Party to prevent certain groups of people from voting, primarily people of color, of low income, students, Democrats. Continue reading