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Late Friday News

Polls:

Few Want Members of Congress Re-Elected, Poll Finds – They needed a poll to figure this one out?

North Dakota House: Pomeroy (D) At Risk? – See above comment.

North Dakota Senate: Hoeven By A Mile At This Point

International:

Iceland aims to become an offshore haven for journalists and leakers – My dear Iceland hits the news again, this time for something more positive than massive debt obligations.  Score!

In Europe, Time for Tea

MN/ND Politics:

Minn. mayors: State aid cuts mean fewer services

Emmer on Seifert and his own campaign for governor

Rally by ND GOP, conservative groups draws 900

Education:

The Schools are Doing a Wonderful job!

Pawlenty wants mayors to manage St. Paul, Mpls. schools

Opinion:

It’s You, Not Me: Liberals and libertarians finally break up.

Have it good,

-Mike

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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Education, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday Roundup, 2/11

I dutifully apologize for my lack of insight and commentary on these important state and national stories.  Too many pressing demands on my time.  :0(

Polls:

Support for Gays in the Military Depends on the Question

Poll: Obama, Economy Doubts Boost GOP

Global Perceptions of U.S. Leadership Improve in 2009 

MN Politics:

Gov. Pawlenty delivers his final State of the State address

Economics:

Larry Summers: Almost All Economists Believe More Taxes Fuels Job Growth

Education:

After Getting Nearly 40% Budget Increase, North Dakota Higher Education Still Raising Tuition Prices

Zero Tolerance for Charter Schools report

Minnesota’s deficit is forcing school cuts

Legal:

The Government Can Monitor Your Location All Day Every Day Without Implicating Your Fourth Amendment Rights

Opinions:

Noemie Emery: Democrats inflicting themselves with wedge issues

Slobs and the American Civilization

Doug Wilder: Obama needs a staff shakeup

The Bubble and Rahm

Have it good,

-Mike

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Economics, Education, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans, Surveillance | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s Roundup, 2/10/10

Wednesday Roundup for 2/10/10

Polls:

Republican Voters Often Have Ignorant and Irrational Views — And so do Democrats – Okay, so I might have to retract my previous post headline of “more knowledgble.”  Sometimes people are just weird.

MN Politics:

MN credit rating could slip which would cost taxpayers

Minnesota Senate approves bonding bill; next stop House

Pawlenty defends unallotment power in court filing

Republicans:

The Tea Party Primer – Good post on reaction to neoconservatives taking over the Tea Party

Billboard mystery partly revealed – I originally read this story and thought it was in Wyoming.  Who the hell names a city after a state.  Seriously.  This story ties in with the next link below.

Things I don’t miss about George W. Bush – Looking at the trainwreck that is President Obama’s first year I do feel some pangs of nostalgia every so often for Bush, but thank the gods for Michelle Malkin.

Uncovering the Youth Vote – What keeps young people out of the GOP?  Maybe I’ll post later on what kept me out personally, and why I got sucked in.  Oh, the suspense builds…

Jane Hamsher on HuffPo: Ron Paul vs. Sarah Palin for the Soul of the Tea Parties – Guess who I want to win?  No really, guess, it’ll be fun.

Energy:

Ethanol: The Real Growing Problem – I’ve never liked this ethanol garbage.  All it’s going to do is raise the cost of my beer by having farmers plant corn instead of wheat and barley (for the corn money) and make me buy gas more often because I’m 99% sure I get worse mileage off ethanol blends I buy in North Dakota than I do in MN, which for the most part does not add ethanol.  Yeah, three-cheers for ethanol.  pffh.

North Dakota Production Surprises – I guess they’re going to be able to squeeze more oil out of ND than originally thought.  Good news for ND’s budget (like they needed it with a surplus like that) and energy prices.
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And in closing, I just glanced up at MSNBC and saw an interview with conservative talk show host Jerry Doyle talking about the filibuster rule in the Senate.  But he’ll always be Michael Garibaldi to me.  :0)
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Well that’s it the roundup for now, have a good Wednesday!

-Mike

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Energy, Minnesota, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Democrat announces run for ND Senate Seat

Today ND State Senator Tracy Potter (D) entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by the retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan.  Running against the popular Republican Governor John Hoeven will be interesting even if no other candidates for the Democrats decide to enter the race. 

I’ve always thought North Dakota is a peculiar state for a while now because of the ND State Legislature’s conservative leanings compared to the solidly Democratic delegation they’re sent to Congress for the last decade or two.  Which makes it that much more fun to speculate on who North Dakotans will eventually send to the Senate.  But I don’t think the guy they send to the Senate should be running just for the hell of it, which is the impression I get from this article.

Dems declaring against Hoeven

 

Have it good,

-Mike

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, North Dakota, Politics, Republicans | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Abandon Ship? Follow the leader, guys

Well it’s been roughly a day since Scott Brown’s amazing upset in Massachusetts, so how are North Dakota’s national representatives and senators taking the news?  Discounting the retiring Senator Byron Dorgan of course.

Let’s take a look at the scorecard so far, starting with Representative Earl Pomeroy!  According to this story compiled by HotAir, Rep. Pomeroy is believed to be in the running for CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers.

“Several high-profile Democrats, including North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy and former Sen. Bob Kerrey (Neb.), are said to be in the running to fill former Oklahoma Republican Gov. Frank Keating’s post as CEO and president of the American Council of Life Insurers,” Roll Call (subscription) reports.

Pomeroy looking for a golden parachute into the insurance industry?

And perhaps the most interesting thing about this position at ACLI is that:

Sen. Dorgan’s wife, Kim Dorgan, is senior executive vice president for public policy at the American Council of Life Insurers, its top lobbying position.

Insurance Industry Losing Two Senate Allies

Ready to abandon ship for the private sector, are we?  Isn’t that just sweet?  So we have Dorgan leaving, and with all talk about retiring, maybe Pomeroy will look to his colleague’s wife’s organization and wonder…what if? 

So who does that leave, Senator Kent Conrad?  Maybe it’s time for this bastion of public integrity to catch retirement fever as well, given this outrageous bit of conniving to push Obamacare through:

The Senate Budget Committee Chairman said Wednesday he’s willing to use special rules to force changes to the healthcare legislation through the Senate with a simple majority vote.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) made clear his openness to applying budget reconciliation to healthcare, a position he opposed prior to this week’s special election in Massachusetts, is contingent on the content of the bill.

Conrad opens door to reconciliation for healthcare

Yeah, cute title, but it has nothing to do with what the average person would consider “reconciliation” and absolutely everything to do with strong-arm tactics of utter desperation.  My god, MASSACHUSETTS of all places just sent a REPUBLICAN to the Senate who RAN A CAMPAIGN ON OPPOSING OBAMACARE!  Sorry about the yelling, but maybe this isn’t quite clear to the Democrats who still think passing this monstrosity is a good idea.  Massachusetts.  The left-wing bastion of Ted “make it all free” Kennedy.  Seriously.  No one wants this bill to pass, and by no one I mean roughly 38% of Americans.

With any luck, 2/3 of North Dakota will be red by the end of this year and I’m sure we’ll clean up the remaining third by 2012. 

Have it good,

-Mike

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Democrats, Healthcare, North Dakota, Politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

N.D. House Race

Finally, a challenger to Rep. Earl Pomeroy!  I don’t know much about Mr. Cramer, but anything is better than a bum that voted for the healthcare disaster in the House.  The GOP could run a tree against Pomeroy and it would win.  As long as it was at least 25 years old. 

Republican Kevin Cramer will announce his intentions for elective office Thursday, and a source said he will seek the GOP nomination for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.

Cramer, whose term serving as one of three members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission expires this year, declined to say which office he will seek.

Cramer Will Run Against Pomeroy

Here’s his profile from the N.D. Public Service Commission-Commission: Kevin Cramer, Commissioner.  I think this will be a nice Red year for North Dakota. 

Have it good,

-Mike

January 12, 2010 Posted by | North Dakota, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments