Keeping up with the Joneses

I wrote here the other day about this fellow Terry B. Jones, a North Dakota Legislator who says he's from New Town, ND, but actually lives in Wyoming. He's been serving as Wyoming's Representative to the North Dakota Legislature since 2017. As I was finishing up that story, the North Dakota Democrats were figuring out … Continue reading Keeping up with the Joneses

US DOT to Billings County: Go Find Money For Your Bridge Somewhere Else

Score one for the Little Missouri State Scenic River. When U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the recipients of a billion dollars worth of discretionary grants for infrastructure projects all over the United States this morning, including one in North Dakota, a $12.3 million grant to build a new bridge over the Little Missouri wasn’t … Continue reading US DOT to Billings County: Go Find Money For Your Bridge Somewhere Else

Knock A Republican Candidate Off the Ballot? Not Likely.

The North Dakota Supreme Court might get one more chance to knock a candidate off the November General Election ballot. But don’t bet on them doing it. Because the candidate in question is a Republican this time, and the North Dakota Supreme Court likes Republicans.    Let me introduce you to the strange case of … Continue reading Knock A Republican Candidate Off the Ballot? Not Likely.

The North Dakota Supreme Court: Dancing With Those That Brung You

Three times in less than a month, the North Dakota Republican Party has flexed its muscles and gone to the North Dakota Supreme Court and asked the state’s top five judges to keep something off the November 2020 General Election ballot. Three times they have succeeded. The result is that: A.  A measure to bring … Continue reading The North Dakota Supreme Court: Dancing With Those That Brung You

Who’s REALLY At Fault For The Failures Of Measure 3?

Labor Day. Ah, September. The “Dog Days of August” are behind us. Except that, this year, the dogs never showed up. August used to be the month the politicians took time off to take the kids (and the dog) to the lake, while preparing for a campaign to begin after Labor Day. Not this year. … Continue reading Who’s REALLY At Fault For The Failures Of Measure 3?

Would You Buy A Used ‘ROCET” From This Company?

I have a new friend who I’ll call “Chris,” who knows something about petroleum engineering. This new friend is some kind of engineer. I haven’t met this friend in person, but I’ve talked to Chris a few times on the computer and the phone recently. Chris sent me an e-mail this week after reading a … Continue reading Would You Buy A Used ‘ROCET” From This Company?

Of License Plates And Things

Taking a break from picking on refinery companies, I decided to lighten up today and talk about fun things like license plates. Way back in 1992, the North Dakota Legislature and Gov. George Sinner agreed that it was time the state got a new design for our license plates. The license plate we had been … Continue reading Of License Plates And Things

More Words Of Caution About The Refinery

My phone keeps ringing, with calls from people who want to talk about Meridian Energy Group, the company that wants to build an oil refinery beside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I’ve talked to engineers, accountants, investors and salesmen, and all are pretty skeptical about this company’s intent. There’s a common theme: A lot of people … Continue reading More Words Of Caution About The Refinery