President Trump has kicked off a trade war with China. There’s no disputing that. That said trade war with China has implications for American businesses who sell a lot of stuff to China. Notably, for our part of the world, soybean farmers. Click here to keep reading Rob Port's Say Anything Blog
MINOT, N.D.—One of the most bedeviling problems facing the great state of North Dakota are chronic labor shortages, as generations of policymakers can attest. A factor in labor shortages is a paucity of services such as child care. Contributing to the child care shortage, perhaps, is a regulatory regime for care providers which is both arduous for care providers and capricious for those unlucky enough to find themselves in the crosshairs of enforcement.
On social media, North Dakota Democrats are still promoting their U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp as a close ally of President Donald Trump. But in a new ad Congressman Kevin Cramer’s campaign uses footage of President Donald Trump from his recent rally in Fargo as a rebuttal to that increasingly absurd narrative. Click here to continue reading the post.
Kudos to Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney for requesting quantification for the expenses related to President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Fargo. Now that law enforcement officials have had the chance to add the numbers up, we learn that the visit cost about $104,000.
In the fall of 2016, at the height of the violent left wing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Dean Meyer sold the historic Cannonball Ranch to Dakota Access LLC, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline crosses the ranch, and the construction on that property at the time was a major target of protesters who were willing to use vandalism and trespass and physical violence to try and stop it.
Last month a North Dakota Judge ruled that nearly 500 lbs of marijuana seized during a traffic stop could not be admitted as evidence for criminal charges against the driver and his passenger because the traffic stop itself was unconstitutional. The story made headlines because, let’s face it, that’s a lot of marijuana and losing the ability to use it as evidence in criminal proceedings is a world-class cock up. I’m a little late to the story, but I felt it was worth highlighting because Judge Jay Schmitz’s opinion in the matter is something to behold.
MINOT, N.D.—This week organizers of a ballot measure aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana turned in an estimated 18,700 signatures to the secretary of state's office. By law they needed less than 14,000 to qualify for the November ballot. Barring some unforeseen problems with the petitions this issue will be before North Dakota voters in the fall. This humble observer hopes the state's voters cast their ballots for legal marijuana.
Yesterday North Dakota’s Senate race was shifted from being a “toss up” to “tilts Republican” by two sources, Roll Call and Fox News .
This is an interesting choice given how much energy Senator Heidi Heitkamp, as well as her campaign and media surrogates, have put into promoting the idea that she’s a strong ally to President Donald Trump. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was invited to the White House for the SCOTUS event but will not be going, her office says. — Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) July 9, 2018
This week my colleague Mike McFeely wrote a column in which he dismissed concerns about Sen. Heidi Heitkamp refusing to speak to a group conservative media folks like myself by arguing that talk radio isn't influential. A startling admission from someone who does talk radio for a living, to be sure, but it's on-message for the Heitkamp campaign so I guess that's what matters.