Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has been spreading false information about Republican-backed efforts to reform the tax bill — information that was widely disseminated and reported on despite its inaccuracy — and it's time for her to acknowledge it and apologize. "North Dakotans deserve a tax bill that puts money back in their pockets — but the Republican bill would raise their taxes to the tune of $10,000 by 2027," Heitkamp posted on Twitter last week. "That's not something hard-working families can afford!"
“Among the nearly 22 million public comments about net neutrality filed with the Federal Communications Commission in recent months, only 6% of them were unique comments,” USA Today reports , citing a study by the Pew Research Center .
MINOT, N.D. — The national tidal wave of sexual misconduct accusations has crashed upon the beaches of American politics and, acting completely to character, our political leaders have responded with self-serving hypocrisy. A particularly acute example is North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Earlier this year she declared herself part of the #MeToo movement, appearing on Meet the Press alongside other women from Congress where she regurgitated a campaign trail yarn about some old sheriff who supposedly told her that men beating their wives was just a fact of life.
With one ugly story after another about sexual harassment and abuse making headlines nationally, in Bismarck lawmakers have begun discussing their own policies on the matter. This week the Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee met to discuss the matter. A member of that committee, Rep. Kathy Hogan (D-Fargo), spoke with me on air today and made some startling statements.
Student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead has censored prominent conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. Specifically, they have voted to rescind funding for Shapiro’s speech which had previously been approved back in November as my colleagues Kim Hyatt and Patrick Springer report in the Fargo Forum .
When Senator Al Franken, amid calls for resignation from his fellow Democrats, announced that he’d be making an announcement on the floor of the Senate it was obvious that he’d strike a defiant tone. People resigning in disgrace send out a press release. They don’t deliver a floor speech. As expected, Franken was defiant. Not only is he continuing to deny the allegations against him (he has consistently denied them despite couching the denials in apologetic tones) he also didn’t actually resign despite headlines everywhere saying he did.
In recent days there has been a lot of criticism of the Republican tax bill in Congress and its impact on the agriculture industry. In an interview with the Williston Herald North Dakota Farmer’s Union President Mark Watne suggested that the tax bill will create deficits that will, in turn, result in cuts to farm programs.
MINOT, N.D. — The tax reform bill, which is in the process of being reconciled from its House and Senate iterations, "is the worst bill in the history of the United States Congress" Rep. Nancy Pelosi said recently during a rant on the House floor. Pause for a moment to reflect on the stupidity of that comment. In order for it to be true we have to believe that the tax reform bill is worse than the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 which required all states, even those where slavery was illegal, to capture escaped slaves and return them.
If you listen to the gibberings of left wing commentators here in North Dakota you might get the idea that our state is run by an group of far-right extremists, but according to legislative ratings recently released by the American Conservative Union that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, North Dakota’s Republican majorities in the Legislature are far more moderate than you might expect.
MINOT, N.D. — A lack of government intervention and regulation has generally served the internet well. Not perfectly. That the internet is used to facilitate all manner of crime from terrorism to child pornagraphy should disturb us all. But on the whole the internet has become a boon to humanity mostly because, outside of involvement in developing the early iterations of this global network, our government has mostly stayed out of the way.