According to a national survey by the folks at MorningConsult, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple is America’s 21st most popular governor. “MorningConsult surveyed more than 71,900 voters in all 50 states between May and September 2016,” reports the Bismarck Tribune .
On my radio show today I interviewed #NoDAPL activist D’Shawn Cunningham. Cunningham is a veteran of the BOLD Nebraska protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. He came to North Dakota to help activists here oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, but what he saw here left him warning people away from the protest movement. He’s now saying people shouldn’t go to the protest camps or give the movement money. You can read a lengthy Facebook post he wrote about his experiences below.
Apparently fed up with the often unlawful and sometimes violent antics of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, rancher David Meyer sold thousands of acres of the historic Cannonball Ranch south of Mandan, N.D., to the pipeline company. "It's a beautiful ranch, but I just wanted out," he told the folks at KXNews. Only now the transaction has come under scrutiny from the Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's office, because in North Dakota you can't just sell land to a for-profit corporation in a willing seller/willing buyer transaction.
Looks like someone at the North Dakota Department of Health forgot to look at which Twitter account they were using tonight as America watched the presidential debate. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton threw rhetorical jabs on our screens, someone with access to the Department of Health Twitter account was making fun of the Republican candidate’s hair and telling debate moderator Lester Holt to, um, “grow a pair.”
My good friend Dean Mitchell at DFM Research sent me some polling data for the presidential race in North Dakota today. I’ve commissioned a poll from DFM in the past, and he’s conducted research for the North Dakota Democratic Party, Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s 2012 campaign, and other clients in the state. Mitchell and his firm have a good track record for accuracy here.
“In all, the state has accumulated about $1.8 million in costs, including overtime for Department of Emergency Services personnel and payments to reimburse costs incurred by partnering law enforcement agencies,” a press release from Governor Jack Dalrymple’s office yesterday stated (see below). “Morton County officials have reported incurring costs of about $100,000 a week for a total of approximately $400,000.”
The criminal charges against Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman for trespass during a Labor Day Weekend protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline has drawn criticism from many in the media who see it as an affront to the first amendment.
MINOT, N.D.—For too long, North Dakota's response to addiction issues has been dictated by psychologist Abraham Maslow's "Law of the Instrument." "Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding," Maslow wrote in 1964. You've probably heard that saying expressed this way: When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Over the holiday weekend I spent time going through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s 1,206 page Mitigated Finding of No Significant Impact report related to the Dakota Access Pipeline (see it below). It’s the document upon which the Corps based its decision to approve building of the pipeline, a decision the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is now contesting in court, and it’s worth your time to read. Anyone claiming that the process to approve this pipeline wasn’t both thorough and exacting has no idea what they’re talking about.
Protesters looking to obstruct the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline project have used, as justification, their desire to protect the tribe’s water source. It has been frequently reported that the pipeline, which skirts just north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, crosses the Missouri River just upstream from where the tribe draws its drinking water from the Missouri River.