BISMARCK — North Dakotans are a sensible bunch. We tend to endorse the political center; this includes Democrats and Republicans, although the Republicans have dominated state politics for some time. Residents of our state value common-sense solutions and pragmatic compromise among political leaders. And when politicians venture out beyond voters' comfort levels, voters tend to make a change at the ballot box. This happened in our most recent election to a state senator and representative from the Republican Party, who lost their seats.
Up until last week, the North Dakota business community praised the anti-business policy decisions made by Minnesota. The Minnesota climate pushes economic development across the border into states like ours. (Thank you.)