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Mark Zuckerberg Visited North Dakota’s Oil Patch and Found an Undeniable Truth About Oil: We Need It

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:52:44 +0000

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visits with a group of oil workers at a rig near Williston, ND. via Facebook
Earlier this week Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Williston, North Dakota. He specifically took a close look at the oil industry there, coordinating with the North Dakota Petroleum Council to visit an oil rig. He also discussed life in the oil patch with a group of residents there, then wrote about it. On Facebook, naturally....(image)

Audio: Kevin Cramer Says Current Net Neutrality Rules Give the Government a “Monopoly” Over the Internet

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:26:30 +0000

North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer Rick Abbott / The Forum
I had Congressman Kevin Cramer on my radio show today for our weekly open phones segment, and the talk focused on the net neutrality issue. Today was an internet “day of action” – backed largely by left-wing groups, many with ties to progressive money man George Soros – protesting proposed changes to the rules by...(image)

Heitkamp Has Gone From the 61st Most Popular Senator to the 11th, Hoeven Approval Has Fallen

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:17:14 +0000

Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum
Back in April of 2016 North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp had a 50 percent approval rating, and a 35 percent disapproval rating, making her the 61st most popular member of the United States Senate according to polling by Morning Consult. But since Heitkamp pretty much launched her 2018 re-election bid in January, leaving her to campaign...(image)

Shortages Are What Happens When the Government Tries to Dictate Outcomes in the Marketplace

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:50:11 +0000

Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in Underwood, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)
The politicians always think they know best. Energy policy is no departure from this simple truth. The politicians use all manner of policy – from tariffs to regulatory red tape to subsidies and mandates – to dictate where we get our power. In Australia, much like here in America, public policy aimed at pushing that...(image)

The Time Is Right for a Debate About Closing Down Some of North Dakota’s Universities

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:21:10 +0000

Dickinson State University (Forum News Service file photo)
Governor Doug Burgum is hinting at it. He told the Grand Forks Herald back in May that, when it comes to the state’s public institutions, some North Dakotans “cling” too tightly to the “idea of location,” though he didn’t specifically say that any of the state’s universities should be closed. Rep. Rick Becker, a rival of...(image)

A Humble Thank You

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:32:32 +0000

Rob Port in his Minot home, sitting at the desk from which he runs his blog and makes regular radio broadcasts. Sam Easter / Forum News Service
Over the weekend my colleague Sam Easter published a lengthy profile of me. You can read it here if you haven’t seen it already. He had a tough job. While I make my living writing and talking for public consumption, I am essentially a very private person. Talking about myself is excruciating. The response to...(image)

UND President Mark Kennedy Gets It: Improved Completion Rates Need to Be the Priority in Higher Education

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:57:32 +0000

Mark Kennedy addresses people after being selected as the next President of the University of North Dakota Tuesday at the Gorecki alumni center. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald
UND President Mark Kennedy has a column in the Grand Forks Herald today which illustrates why he is the sort of leader the North Dakota University System has been in desperate need of. Kennedy writes about the ways in which universities like UND need to adapt to serve students of the future. The entire piece is...(image)

SBHE Member Rips Wahpeton College President for Being Condescending, Disrespectful While Making Case for Fargo Facility

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:05:18 +0000

North Dakota State College of Sciences campus in Fargo, ND. Forum News Service
Last week on June 27 the State Board of Higher Education voted 5-3 to allow North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman to pursue financial support for a further expansion of his campus into Fargo. Why that Wahpeton-based institution needs to enlarge its presence Fargo where we already have North Dakota State University is...(image)

It Would Be a Mistake to End North Dakota’s Rail Inspection Program

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:11:20 +0000

Fire erupts after trains, one of them transporting crude oil, collided west of Casselton, N.D., on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Photo Courtesy of William Hejl
A few years ago a series of train derailments – some of them explosive – involving oil shipments were making national headlines. They were hyped by the enemies of oil development who are always looking for an excuse to “keep it in the ground,” but the incidents were a valid public safety concern too. Just...(image)

Maybe Economic Development Policies Really Do Drive up Tax Burdens

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:48:15 +0000

There are two points of view when it comes to economic development policies which include tax exemptions. Critics say that by exempting certain businesses or properties from taxes narrows the overall tax base, putting upward pressure on the taxes levied on everyone else not exempted. Proponents argue that the exemptions spur development which wouldn’t happen...(image)