MINOT, N.D. — “There are opportunities for Democrats to win back rural America, but they have to know how to win.” That’s what former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said in a recent interview , occasioned by her activism on behalf of the One Country Project. That’s an advocacy and lobbying group co-founded by Heitkamp to help Democrats figure out the noncoastal, nonurban parts of our nation.
In the Minot Daily News , over the weekend was a remarkable letter from a leader in the North Dakota Democratic-NPL which derided our state’s coal industry. Brad Magnuson, chairman of his party’s Renewable Energy Caucus, says “Long term, coal is not a viable source of energy.” “Short term, until renewables become exclusive in North Dakota, coal is merely a backup source of energy, and not a primary source,” he continues.
I largely agree with the Fargo Forum’s editorial , chastising some 89 state lawmakers for urging North Dakota State University to end a research partnership with Planned Parenthood.
MINOT, N.D. — The State Board of Higher Education is getting a babysitter for North Dakota State School of Science President John Richman.
MINOT, N.D. -- There is a very large faction of North Dakotans who want marijuana legalized for recreational use. After approving medical marijuana in 2016, over 132,000 voters - more than 40% of turnout - voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018. Not a majority, but certainly a strong minority. Something for activists to build on.
MINOT, N.D. — “Xcel Energy plans to shutter its two remaining coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled — a move that will make the utility coal-free in the region by 2030,” Mary Divine reported for the St. Paul Pioneer Press this week . That’s big news. All the more so because it’s not the full measure of Xcel’s ambition.
MINOT, N.D. — The fight over the Davis Refinery, a crude oil project backed by Meridian Energy Group , has been an intriguing one to follow. In many ways it is a familiar story, pitting the energy industry and its desire for modern infrastructure against a political faction which would rather keep oil in the ground. We’ve seen iterations of that fight play out around energy projects like pipelines and refineries all over the country.
Now that there has been some public blow back over legislation gutting the autonomy of the state Auditor , certain state lawmakers are in full walk-back mode.
The director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation's drivers license division was on leave from February to early March pending an investigation into his workplace conduct.
MINOT, N.D. -- Here’s a bold prediction: Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is probably going to run for governor.