STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND UND/NDSU students disagree on tuition freeze bill
BISMARCK--State lawmakers heard testimony today on a billthat would temporarily prohibit tuition increases at North Dakota's public colleges.
Student representatives from the University of North Dako... Posted on 1/25/11 at 2:06 PM
Humane Society, which paid for poll, says state is 1 of 3 where extreme cruelty isn’t a felony North Dakota voters would overwhelmingly support raising penalties for “extreme and malicious” acts of animal cruelty to felony levels, according to a poll commissioned by the Humane Society of the United States.
Spurred by recent high-profile incidents of animal cruelty and criticism from national animal advocacy groups, a Grand Forks legislator and state prosecutors are drafting legislation that could give North Dakota its first felony penalties for “egregious” animal cruelty.
Jaeger has demonstrated again and again his attention to detail; his strict adherence to state law regarding ballot measures; his stewardship of public money; his ability to work with county election officials to modernize voting. He’s earned another four-year term.
Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, was a leading voice for and co-sponsor of the bill to freeze college tuition in North Dakota. Tuition costs have skyrocketed in recent years. In the past eight years, tuition at UND has gone up by more than 100 percent.
But today, thanks to Mock’s leadership, that increase is capped at 4 percent over four years.
North Dakota’s secretary of state race has generated more buzz than usual this election season, something incumbent Republican Al Jaeger attributes to a “quite aggressive” campaign by Democratic challenger Corey Mock.
These three legislators must have forgotten or simply not understood these details because they were discussed in detail when I appeared before their committee. Otherwise, why would they now jeopardize their credibility on the House Appropriations Committee by taking statements out of context and making partisan allegations against me that are baseless and untrue?
Mock’s writings are just three years old and offer rare insight into the thinking of a candidate whom we otherwise know little about. His comments on religion in particular were condescending and insensitive to people of faith.
The GOP needs to explain to the voters why it is using personal attacks on a statewide candidate rather than talking about the issues. The fact that fiscal conservatives are coming out against current secretary of state Al Jaeger’s record says a lot.
I know that Mock is a spiritual person who not only believes in the power of God but the power of individuals to improve the world around them. It disappoints me that some people have chosen to misrepresent Mock’s faith for short-term political advantage.
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