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Dustin Gawrylow
DUSTIN GAWRYLOW: LET’S PREVENT A 2017 BUDGET CRISIS

While legislators await a new more formal revenue forecast due by the middle of March, it is worth pointing out where things stand now that the legislature has returned from it's half-time crossover break.

According to the latest numbers, taking into account the actions of both chambers, there is currently a tentative budget deficit of $178 million dollars.

While waiting for the new numbers, legislators should consider what they would rather do - cut 5% from spending this time, and be ok next time, or roll the dice and risk having to make serious cuts?

In either case, addressing one-time needs with money in the bank is part of a prudent plan - making cuts there, but not in on-going spending - is not something that will sit well with those in the Bakken.

While waiting for the new numbers, legislators should consider what they would rather do - cut 5% from spending this time, and be ok next time, or roll the dice and risk having to make serious cuts?

In either case, addressing one-time needs with money in the bank is part of a prudent plan - making cuts there, but not in on-going spending - is not something that will sit well with those in the Bakken.


 



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Steve Cates
STEVE CATES: PRESIDENT OBAMA, ARNE DUNCAN AND DAVID AXELROD CLAIM OBAMACORE AS THEIR CREATION
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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: SIGNS OF AMERICA IN DECLINE?

Observing the passing scene begs the question, “Is America in decline?”

This can be a touchy issue. Some, with a false sense of pride, might scoff. Others might ignore the question with a whiff of denial. Still others sense an uneasiness they can’t articulate.

With the coarsening of our culture, our society’s sense of meaning is reduced to material and sexual context. If anything, our culture has devolved into individuals fixated more on personal identity and less on cultural unity. Do we even have a collective national soul?

Observing culture and society from the perspective of the passing scene, progress does not appear encouraging in the near term.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: AMERICAN CRUSADES AND EXISTENTIAL THREATS

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama created a debate when he cautioned against judging the attacks by ISIS and other terrorists as unique to Islam. To illustrate his point, the president brought up the Crusades. In this fascinating article, Dr. Earl Tilford examines American “crusades” and argues that “America at arms excels in crusades fought to a definitive conclusion.” 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - MARCH 2, 2015

THE BIG GET BIGGER; THEY’RE COMING; GOVERNMENT HELP; WILL SHE, OR WON’T SHE?; MESSALUNA; NORMAL IS MISLEADING; THE MINNEAPOLIS SOMALI; TRAFFIC VOLUMES NEAR WATFORD CITY; HOUSING FOR THE TEACHERS; TAKE WITH GRAIN OF SALT; NO PROBLEM



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Lynn Bergman
LYNN BERGMAN: TIME TO GRILL RAILROAD CEO?

It’s high time that the Railroads spend a significantly greater share of their profits on R&D and maintenance. We know how much “political restraint” the political contributions of Railroad owners have purchased; isn’t it time that “hush money” be “re-distributed” to Research and Development and maintenance? Enough with the derailments already!

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: HOW TO WIN THE CHRISTIAN BAKER/SAME-SEX “WEDDING” CAKE DEBATE

To drive the point home, should a liberal baker be compelled to craft the message, “Celebrate Gun Rights,” “Life Begins at Conception” or “Marriage is One Man, One Woman”?



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
JOE SOBRAN: FOR FEAR OF THE JEWS

The fear of the label anti-Semitic is a fear of the power that is believed to lie behind it: Jewish power. Yet this is still pretty much unmentionable in journalism. It's rather as if sportswriters covering pro basketball were prohibited from mentioning that the Los Angeles Lakers were in first place.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: ISLAM - RELIGION OF PEACE?

Muhammad died in 632 after conquering Arabia but he envisioned the continued expansion of Islam. This was not to be done by handing out tracts on sand dunes but by the power of jihad.

The Crusades began in 1080 AD involving 16 battles fought over 180 years. The Crusades were fought in response to Islam conquering a Christian Middle East.

On the other hand, Islam has been fighting jihad from the time Muhammad was expelled Mecca in 622 until today. Over these 1400 years the Islamic jihad fought 548 battles against classical western civilization in Europe. These battles do not include the jihad conducted against North Africa, India and Afghanistan.

The Islamic struggle against Judaism and Christianity has been going on a long, long time. Is Islam a religion of peace? Actions speak louder than words. Draw your own conclusion.

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: THE FCC VERSUS INTERNET FREEDOM

Congress needs to wake up and decisaively halt this unwarranted expansion of executive branch power. In previous cases of bureaucratic overreach (IRS, NLB, NSA, etc.) some members of Congress have made lots of noise, but the consequences to the perpetrators have been pathetically weak. It’s time to move beyond giving indignant speeches and an occasional slap on the wrist. Why not abolish the FCC, update federal communication law, and then let individual cases be litigated in common law courts?



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
ALLAN C. BROWNFELD: HOLLYWOOD TRAITORS - SCREENWRITERS PROMOTED BOTH STALIN AND HITLER

The implication, of course, was that the idea that Communism in any way threatened the integrity of the motion picture industry was a myth promoted by a right-wing intent upon pursuing an American form of Fascism.
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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 22, 2015

BIG FISH SWALLOW SMALLER FISH; SAFER THAN RAIL; THAT WAS A LITTLE CARELESS; BUM RAP; DON’T WASTE OUR TIME AND MONEY; THE TRICKY DEVILS WILL FIND A WAY; HELP WANTED; KIRSTEN BAESLER; HE WAS NOT THE PROBLEM; DON’T LOOK NOW; FOOD STAMPS; AN ALTERNATIVE TO NO CARE; HIGH-WATER MARK; SORRY, SHELTON; FIGHTING RADICALIZATION; THE TWIN CITIES; HOW SWEET; DAKTOIDS



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: THE RACIAL GRIEVANCE INDUSTRY AND RESENTMENT

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” – Booker T. Washington, Chap. V, “The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob,” 1911, p. 118.

Are race relations any better today than after the civil rights era? Or, has public resentment been piqued as liberals and progressives force their view of tolerance on America thus displacing freedom of conscience?

Most people will always have an aversion to others at some point in their life whatever the pretext. Is America contending with racism or resentment?

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 16, 2015

IS THERE MORE TO THIS STORY?; CONCORDIA COLLEGE; IT’S NOT JUST CONCORDIA; HALTING TRANSFERS TO SOMALIA; REHAB FOR RADICALS; THE OPINION PAGES; JUST WHAT DICKINSON NEEDED; TIMES HAVE CHANGED; HUH!; LOUD AND NUTT; LEITH MAYOR RYAN SCHOCK; BE WARY; NO ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE; THE NORTHERN PLAINS



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS: AN EXCHANGE WITH A GENUINE RACIST

Do you want someone who looks to Ronald Reagan - or someone who prefers the philosophy of Woodrow Wilson? Cruz favors the Reagan approach. Cruz is unequivocal in support of "American Exceptionalism". Do you want a mugwump who will tell you one thing and then betray you with a vote? Cruz will not tell you he's for one thing and vote the other way - he has a track record on this.



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: REAL NEWS COVERAGE AND DECLINE OF THE FOURTH ESTATE

The health of democracy depends on access to information. An informed citizenry capable of making informed decisions is preeminent. The alternative is that citizens act out of ignorance. An independent press serves as a check on elected officials to carry out the wishes of those who elected them. Many in the United States naively believe that the contemporary news media monitors the political process to ensure that politicians don’t abuse the democratic process.

Today we can praise the “Fifth Estate” – bloggers, journalists and alternative media outlets -- who operate outside the reach of the mainstream news. For the most part, they do today what the mainstream media was once famous for – sound news coverage.

 

 



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: REMEMBERING THE “MIRACLE ON ICE”

The Miracle on Ice eclipses all the other great sports moments because it was about more than just sports. It was our country and its most cherished values against the Soviet Union and its antithetical exaltation of atheism, tyranny, and oppression. It was the ultimate good-versus-evil showdown.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. GARY S. SMITH: THE OBAMA’S NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST REMARKS - A DIFFERENT CONVERSATION

However, rather than joining the debate over Obama’s analysis of the role Christianity plays in promoting violence and condoning racism, the importance of doubt in Christian faith, or the right of a president to discuss his personal religious views, I want to focus on a different issue.



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Steve Cates
STEVE CATES: POSSIBLE ILLEGALITY OF NORTH DAKOTA’S COMMON CORE CONSORTIUM

On February 2, 2015 constitutional attorney D. John Sauer testified before the North Dakota House Education Committee regarding the legality of the state’s involvement in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium with regards to violation of the Interstate Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution and loss of the state’s sovereignty over education policy.


COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION AND FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ACTIONS ARE ILLEGAL

SHOCKING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COURSE OF CONDUCT

VIOLATED PROHIBITIONS OF FEDERAL LAW

ELABORATE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OF NORTH DAKOTA’S CONSORTIUM

NORTH DAKOTA CEDING OF EDUCATION POLICY AUTHORITY



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Beacon Author
SALLY MORRIS:  AMAZING DISGRACE

Of all the wrong people to bring up humility. This man was going to make the oceans recede, remember?

 



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - FEBRUARY 9, 2015

THE ENVIED 1 PERCENT; POVERTY RATES; THE PARTY IS ENDING; WAIT AND SEE; ANOTHER PARTY IS OVER AT UND; A DESTINATION IN AND OF ITSELF; WILLISTON CROSSING; TRAFFIC FATALITIES; SIOUX FALLS COMPLAINS; “FARGO, NORTH OF NORMAL”; FORGET IT; NOT THE EASTER BUNNY; LITTLE JAPANESE GIFTS



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Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation
CHARLES MILLS: LIBERALS DECLARE ECONOMIC WAR ON ALASKA

As part of Alaska's admission as a state, a compact was made between the United States and Alaska; it identified the parts that are wilderness, the parts that would be studied to see if they are wilderness, and the rest of the state. About 90 percent of this new "wilderness" is in that "rest of the state." The Obama action is a blatant violation of the terms of Alaska's admission to the union.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. EARL TILFORD: THE FUTURE OF WAR

Religious factors are extremely important. The United States is in its 14th year of a religious war with Islamic radicals. Failure to recognize the true nature of this war makes devising an appropriate strategy nearly impossible.

 



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE: THE REAL WHITE PRIVILEGE AND MY RADIO RACE WAR

But accepting white privilege as supposition is prejudice itself. If someone wishes to claim this phenomenon exists, the burden is on him to prove it; it is not on those who would have to prove a negative. 



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Dennis M. Patrick
DENNIS PATRICK: EXECUTIVE ACTIONS - GOVERNMENT BY DECREE

To date, President Obama has issued 195 EOs. But, Obama has resorted to issuing another form of executive action – presidential memoranda. Like EOs, they don’t require action by congress; they have the force of law and have consequences just as far reaching. He has used memoranda to make policy on gun control and immigration. He has issued 198 memoranda, more than any other president. Combined with his EOs, Obama has taken more executive actions than any president since Harry Truman.

The good news is that power still resides with the people -- if they will use it. First, Congress must restore its legislative authority. Second, Congress must stop deferring to the President to fill in the details of laws it passes. Finally, there is always hope that a wisely vetted president with integrity will rescind damaging EOs implemented by other presidents.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. JOHN SPARKS: OBAMA DROPS PLAN TO TAX COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN

So for now, the 529 plans will remain intact. That’s the good news. This episode illustrates, however, the ill-informed advice the president received from his staff on this issue.



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. TRACY MILLER: GIVING WORKERS FREEDOM

Mandating that such firms provide health insurance makes those firms and those workers who would prefer cash compensation worse off. It also makes workers whose hours are reduced worse off.



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Schmid
SCHMID: LOOKING BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST - JANUARY 3, 2015

WHOA, NELLIE! ; THE REAL DRIVER OF RECOVERY; FAR TOO CLEVER; DIVERSITY IS WANING; NOT A LOUD VOICE; IN ALL MODESTY; SHE HAD THE LAST LAUGH; HIDING ON THE RESERVATION; LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD; PERCEPTION TRUMPS REALITY; BE CAREFUL; DAKTOIDS



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Selwyn Duke
SELWYN DUKE:  THE NORTHEAST NANNY-STATERS WHO ARE AND THE NON-BLIZZARD

For the record, the total snowfall in Central Park, NYC was 5.5 inches. And though it was heavier in some other areas, let’s get something straight: in a supposedly free country, you don’t tell people they can’t travel because of some snow.

(Good test run for martial law, though.)



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Center for Vision & Values
DR. MARK HENDRICKSON: REMEMBERING JAMES B. EDWARDS

Limited to one four-year term by the state constitution, Jim worked to promote the presidential candidacy of Ronald Reagan. After Reagan’s election in 1980, he tapped the oral surgeon from South Carolina to be his Secretary of Energy with the mission of shutting down the Department of Energy.

 



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