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Dustin Gawrylow, Mandan, N.D., column: Pension thundercloud looms on N.D.’s horizon

December 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In the past two years, North Dakota’s public pension funds have continued the downward slide that began in 2008. They now represent a $2 billion unfunded liability over the next 30-odd years. Continue Reading

ND Democrats question GOP governor’s budget

December 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Democratic leaders in the North Dakota Legislature say Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple left some pressing needs out of his budget proposals. Continue Reading

Sorry, Grover; CEOs say, ‘Cut a deal’

November 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Republicans Rick Berg, John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer should follow the lead of the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council by supporting a grand bargain, thereby putting America first, North Dakota second and Grover Norquist, if he’s on the list at all, a very distant third. Continue Reading

LLOYD OMDAHL: N.D. is more GOP than ever

November 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The 2012 election highlighted a growing Republicanism while also identifying an east-west partisan divide. Continue Reading

Conrad’s last patient: federal budget woes

November 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Conrad is trying calm the county by curing federal government budget problems. And he only has until the end of the year to do it because he is retiring after 26 years in the Senate. Continue Reading

ND GOP leader rethinking options on health law

November 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s House Republican majority leader says the Legislature may take another look at whether the state should help run a new health insurance marketplace. Continue Reading

MATTERS AT HAND: Heitkamp defies the odds to win a Senate seat

November 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The bottom line on the election for me? I won money and lost face. Continue Reading

ND is first state in nation to add farmer protection to constitution

November 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Voters passed a state constitutional amendment on Tuesday that guarantees the right of farmers to engage in “modern” agriculture and protects their right “to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices.” Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Heidi Heitkamp goes to Washington

November 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Heitkamp campaigned with the same traits that’ll serve her well in the Senate: Passion, intelligence and political skill. Continue Reading

How did Grand Forks and Polk counties vote? Opposing trends emerged

November 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In Grand Forks County, the electorate still leans farther left than much of the state, but generally followed state trends in its support for many Republicans. In Polk County, the electorate leaned right, and often voted the opposite of most voters in the state. Continue Reading

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