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Legislature Rejects Dalrymple Budget

At 10:00 am today, Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple presented his final budget to the Legislative Assembly. As you likely know, Dalrymple decided to not seek another term. Doug Burgum will take over later in the month. The budget has been met with mixed reviews from those I’ve talked to. For the short glance I’ve had the opportunity to […]

Smart Oversight is Long Overdue

It is long past due for the State of North Dakota to be smart about energy oversight. On December 6th an oil pipeline leak was discovered near Belfield, ND. The “significant” leak that impacted a tributary of the Little Missouri River was found by a landowner according to reports. Sound familiar? It should. One of the […]

Organizational Session Begins in Bismarck

Today starts the three-day Organizational Session for the 65th Legislature. Three days of computer training, learning the basic division of powers, and understanding your role as a legislator. Seems rather boring, right? Here is why you need to pay attention: committee assignments are decided at this session, and that greatly impacts the outcome of legislation. […]

Heitkamp Proves Rural Moderate Impact

To the surprise of many, breaking news yesterday revealed President-elect Donald Trump has called on U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp to visit with him at Trump Tower in New York City. According to national reports, the transition team is considering Heitkamp for either the Department of Interior or Energy. Either position would give North Dakota a strong […]

The Local Attack on Teacher Unions

The attacks on teacher unions are not new to politics. With President-elect Trump’s Department of Education nomination of Betsy DeVos, I don’t see that trend ending anytime soon. However, we don’t need to look to Washington to see the backhanded attempts to diminish the role of teacher unions in education policy. We can look at what is […]

Congressman Cramer Gets Chance to Grill Media

Yesterday, November 30th, it was revealed Congressman Kevin Cramer would have a seat on the House Steering Committee. No doubt, this is an important committee to serve on especially from a “small state” like North Dakota. In expressing his excitement, Congressman Cramer said, “This will give me a greater voice in shaping the legislative agenda in the next […]

Winners and Losers from the 2016 ND Election

  The biggest winner is House Majority Leader Al Carlson. Carlson already carried a big stick leaving many in his party trembling at the mere thought of disagreeing with him. Cross Carlson in the House and you’ll be removed from whatever committee you’re on and placed in another less desirable one. Ask former Rep. Kathy Hawken who was […]

Why ND xPlains? Why Now? An Introduction.

Earlier this year I decided I wanted to bring the North Dakota Capitol to life. To do so I’d communicate about what was going on in committee rooms, on the respective chamber floors, and behind the brass rails where a lot of the decisions are actually made. I wanted to share with you what it […]