Over the next three years, we are going to do a lot of talking about problems on Indian reservations. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has introduced legislation to create an 11-member, three-year Commission on Native Children.
While moderate Republicans struggle to take back their party, North Dakota Democrats have a problem of getting to be one. Over the past 20 years, they have seen their numbers in the Legislature dwindle from a majority in the Senate down to 14, with Republicans holding 33 seats.
Congressional Republicans may have shot themselves in the foot in the recent debt limit debacle, but everybody is limping. As we look to another such controversy in the next few months, there is a possibility that irreconcilable differences on the left and right may put the country into an economic downspin in another congressional impasse.
Before we get into the heat of the 2014 North Dakota legislative races, it would be wise to consider steps to protect the electoral process in the “calm before the storm,” when objectivity is possible.
After 25 years of neutrality as director of the North Dakota Legislative Council, John Olsrud has broken his silence about the dangers of lobbying in a recent article carried by the Northern Plains Ethics Journal, which is centered at North Dakota State University.
While the Internet is full of scams and misinformation, the evolution of the online for-profit college is becoming one of the more serious as gullible students are lured into the system with unfounded claims and promises.
“Meeting again!” grumbled Holger Danske, who interrupted his sauerkraut processing to attend this crisis meeting of the Homeland Security Committee. He had a fabulous cabbage crop and wanted to get it in the 20-gallon crocks while it was still fresh.
“Welcome!” bellowed Ork Dorken, chairperson of the Homeland Security Committee, as he opened the annual economic development conference for 14 of the town’s eager electors seated randomly around the room.
Some observations are warranted before the Twins end their season. Actually, I’m a little late, because their season ended in April. As of this writing, they are 19 games behind Detroit in the American League Central Division.
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