Three groups have been cheering the appointment of Debra Haaland as President Biden’s Secretary of Interior. WOMEN. Although 21st Century Presidents have done better, over the years, probably only about 10 per cent of all Cabinet Secretaries have been women (I think I read somewhere the total is about 30 since we became a country) … Continue reading A Short, Sweet, Norwegian Celebration
There are a couple new developments in the ongoing saga of the proposed Little Missouri River Crossing north of Medora. I’ve written about this extensively, most recently last December. Here’s what’s going on right now. There’s a new look to the Billings County Commission. Longtime Commission Chairman Jim Arthaud, the driving force behind the bridge … Continue reading April’s A Key Month For The ‘Bridge To Nowhere’
In the end, the vote last week to kick Luke Simons out of the Legislature wasn’t about Luke Simons at all. It was about Chet Pollert showing Ricky Becker who’s in charge. Pollert’s the Majority Leader in the North Dakota House of Representatives. He introduced the resolution to kick one of his own … Continue reading Pollert vs. Becker. Pollert Wins. Luke Who?
This is a story about a REALLY GOOD FRIEND and a REALLY GOOD WIFE. It started about a year ago when my friend Mike Jacobs offered to place a bet on the 2020 June North Dakota Primary election. It seems he had made a bet on a candidate in a contested Primary race, but was … Continue reading A REALLY GOOD FRIEND and a REALLY GOOD WIFE
I’ve been away. It’s been nearly two months since I took a punch to the gut, the likes of which I have never experienced. I lost a brother in the Covid pandemic. He was younger, just 66. Unknown to his family or friends, he suffered from severe depression, which engulfed him during the isolation of … Continue reading The Winter Of Our Discontent
There are a lot of great things about writing on a blog. There are no deadlines. You can write when you feel like it. Late Saturday night. Early Sunday morning. It doesn’t cost anything. You don’t have staff to supervise. You don’t have editors looking over your shoulder. And you can pretty much say anything … Continue reading Democratic Attorneys General Respond
My inbox has been full of messages saying “Did you see this?” with links to stories about the Republican Attorneys General Association participating in Wednesday’s U.S. Capitol riots, and asking “Is Wayne Stenehjem a member of this club?” My answers are “Yes” and “Yes.” The links they sent say that an arm of the Republican … Continue reading Yes. Yes. And Yes. When Attorneys General Break The Law.
I think that as you are reading this, an investigation is underway by the North Dakota Office of Disciplinary Counsel into whether our Attorney General, Wayne Stenehjem, acted unethically, and possibly illegally, using state resources for political purposes, when he joined one of the many frivolous lawsuits to try to overturn Joe Biden’s election as … Continue reading Stenehjem Investigation Underway; Does Our Attorney General Have Blood On His Hands?
January 1, 2021. 2020 is finally over. It was a helluva year. It wasn’t ALL bad, but it was different. Very different. Here’s an example. At about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, just as hints of daylight were appearing in the southeast sky, four (relatively) old men huffed and puffed … Continue reading When Life Gives You 2020, Make Lemonade
Earlier this week, North Dakota’s Attorney General, Wayne Stenehjem, joined 17 other Republican Attorneys General from across the country, all members of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), an organization which, in its various incarnations, has provided Stenehjem with at least $160,000 in campaign funds, in supporting a lawsuit filed by his counterpart in Texas, … Continue reading Did Stenehjem Misuse State Funds? Investigation Sought.