Rich Wardner

It is no secret, North Dakota has become more reliant on energy activity over the last decade. The state budget relies heavily on oil revenues. The problem this reliance poses is the volatile swings in oil prices. It leads to ...

The North Dakota Emergency Commission will convene at 4 PM in the Capitol today. One of the items on their agenda is to consider transferring money to ensure National Guard students in college on ROTC scholarships are fully funded. The ...

A truly symbolic moment took place in the North Dakota State Capitol today. It encompassed the Legislature’s approach to government and showed their priorities. At approximately 10 a.m. the Health Services Committee veered from its agenda and took a recess. ...

North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum has reimbursed Xcel Engery $37,000 for the Super Bowl tickets he and the First Lady were gifted last week. $37,000! The decision comes after almost a week of questions about whether or not this was ...

Did Governor Doug Burgum ask his Director of Medicaid Services what her thoughts were on proposed Medicaid changes under the Graham-Cassidy bill? Did he walk down the hall, knock on Maggie Anderson’s door, and ask if there were any concerns ...

Let’s talk about legislative “process,” shall we? Throughout their attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senator John Hoeven has continually attempted to defend the “process” his leader Mitch McConnell undertook. What we witnessed from the United States Senate over this ...

On the same day news broke that 20,000 gallons of oil spilled from a derailed train in Illinois, we learned Republican Legislative leadership in North Dakota is looking to scrap the relatively new state-run rail inspection program. The state-run program ...

News breaking out of Bismarck this afternoon is Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion stating Governor Doug Burgum overstepped his authority. The opinion comes after House Majority Leader Al Carlson’s request to see if Governor Burgum’s vetoes after the ...

The political debate surrounding the Republican decision to cut the oil extraction tax in 2015 continues over two years later. Rightly so, because this rushed change to North Dakota’s oil tax collections is having profound long-term impacts on our state ...

Governor Doug Burgum line-item vetoed a number of bills over the last couple of days. One of the budgets Burgum line-item vetoed was the Public Employees and Retirement System (PERS). Make no mistake; this was a direct rebuttal to House ...