Commentary: $3.7 Billion Pipeline Project Approved

With all the dire news on the price of oil, there are still many who are bullish on the future of North Dakota oil. So much so, one company is moving forward with pipeline investment that will cost more than $3 billion.

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ND Governor’s Race Could Be Decided at June Primary

An interesting scenario is taking shape in the race for North Dakota’s highest state office. Between the politics of party conventions and the laws regarding primary elections, it seems likely that our next Governor will likely be chosen at the June election.

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Rob Port: Community Experts in Schools is Good Policy, Give it Time

Last summer, state Superintendent of Schools Kristen Baesler introduced a program to address teacher shortages that would allow community experts to fill vacant positions. The program has not been a success, but Rob Port argues that it’s good policy and should be given more time work.

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Is the State Doing Enough to Prevent Oil Spills?

News broke last month that the pipe responsible for the largest oil and saltwater spill in North Dakota history likely leaked for more than three months. It forces us to ask: is our regulatory policy incentivizing spill prevention? Rob Port takes on the issue in this story.

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Fargo Wrestles With Licensing Theater to Sell Beer

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig ponders the city’s role in determining what business types should be allowed to sell alcohol. It’s timely commentary considering the state of Minot’s liquor licensing environment.

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Four Ways North Dakota Can Improve Open Records/Open Meetings Laws

An ardent supporter of open records and meeting reform, Mr. Port has been asked to serve on a task force that will address the issue. In this commentary, he outlines four critical steps necessary to making our governments more open, transparent, and accessible.

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Commentary: Is NDSU President Misleading Students with 4-Year Graduation Expectation?

In today’s commentary on the University System, Mr. Port takes exception to NDSU President Brescani’s intimation that incoming students will graduate in four years — a statement that is not backed by recent statistics.

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Despite Political Obstruction Pipelines Have Caught Up With Rail In North Dakota

In a mix of commentary and news, Rob Port at Say Anything Blog.com points out that in spite of oppositionĀ to pipelines, we’re now transporting as much oil out of state by pipeline as we are by rail.

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