Dem-NPL News of the Week – Week 9



Conservation funds take divergent trails in North Dakota – Forum Communications (T. Porter, T. Axness)

Measures competing for conservation funding – Bismarck Tribune (T. Porter, T. Axness, A. Carlson, S. Kelsh)

Diversion advocates hope to kill amendments – Forum Communications

North Dakota Senate mulls climate change study – Associated Press

N.D. animal cruelty bill draws opposition – Bismarck Tribune (T. Flakoll)

ND higher ed board to review ‘disturbing’ allegations surrounding Chancellor Shirvani – Forum Communications

Bill would force more public votes on building projects – Forum Communications (J. Kasper)

Students get hands-on lessons on oil – Forum Communications

Illinois deal on fracking could be national model – Associated Press


Bob Valeu, Letter: State GOP should rethink oil tax cut

Fargo Forum editorial: Tribal jobs grant bill a win-win

GF Herald Editorial: OUR OPINION: Tribal colleges put state aid to good use

Jim Schlitz, Tolna, Letter: Sinner a friend of small business

Rep. David Rust, letter: Legislature begins second period

Cory Christofferson, Hamar, N.D., letter: N.D. should raise oil taxes, not lower them

Brigid Langseth, Barney, Letter: ND Legislature stigmatizes kids

Adam Kemp, Williston, N.D., letter: Williston needs a little help from N.D.


Animal Cruelty Bill in ND House – KFYR-TV

Oil Activity in State Parks – KFYR-TV

Animal Cruelty Bill May Face Tougher Path in House – KXMB-TV



Resolution would increase signatures needed for ballot measure in North Dakota – Forum Communications (A. Carlson, L. Delmore, A. Maragos. D. Hogue)

Property tax mill levy reduction plan draws opposition – Bismarck Tribune

Mayor wonders when DOT will take blame for accidents – Bismarck Tribune

N.D. tribe warns about oil filters – Associated Press

Lawmakers see savings for students with online books – Forum Communications (T. Beadle)

Grand Forks officials to visit Bismarck to lobby for local needs – GF Herald


MAC SCHNEIDER AND KENTON ONSTAD: N.D. GOP rushes to cut taxes — on Big Oil

Forum editorial: Reject two anti-local tax bills – (J. Kasper)

Bismarck Tribune Editorial: North Dakota’s economic model has changed

ANDY PETERSON: Now is the time for property tax relief

Darrell Vanyo, Fargo, Letter: The state must be on board

C.T. Marhula, Grand Forks, letter: Magic accounting fueled N.D.’s pension woes

Steve Stark cartoon March 7


Senate Property Tax Bill – KFYR-TV

Raising Salaries for ND Teachers – KFYR-TV

Lawmaker Wants to Study Local Government Spending – KXMB-TV (D. Cook)

Challenging Higher Ed Decisions – KXMB-TV (A. Maragos)

Lawmakers Propose Different Way To Fund Private Schools – KXMB-TV (B. Grande)

Bill moving to House that would give $5 million to tribal colleges – WDAY-TV

Great Plains News:

ND amendment would allow state aid to religious schools – (B. Grande)

Activists push back against ND initiative changes – (A. Carlson)

ND ranks in top group in high school graduation rates 

ND regulators to take public comment on Xcel Energy electric rate increase

3.1.13 – 3.6.13


Senate version of outdoor heritage bill scheduled – Bismarck Tribune (T. Axness, T. Porter, A. Carlson, R. Wardner)

GOP progress is problem for Dems in North Dakota Legislature – Forum Communications (M. Schneider, A. Carlson)

GOP confident of closing N.D.’s spending gap – Bismarck Tribune (A. Carlson, M. Schneider, R. Wardner)

Both parties happy with work so far – Bismarck Tribune (A. Carlson, K. Onstad, M. Schneider, R. Wardner)

More oil taxes targeted for oil counties – Forum Communications (A. Carlson, B. Skarphol, K. Onstad)

Oil-rich ND ‘well-positioned’ for federal cuts – Associated Press

Abortion battle continues in ND Legislature – Forum Communications (M. Sitte, B. Grande, K. Hawken, G. Mooney)

ND bill would limit increases in total taxes raised by local entities – Forum Communications (J. Kasper)

2nd higher ed board amendment discussed – Forum Communications (J. Miller)

Bill would reduce property taxes – Forum Communications (M. Sanford, J. Kelsh)

Women’s lobby day planned in Bismarck – Forum Communications (J. Haak)

ND measure allows public money for lobbyists – Associated Press

North Dakota Legislature: Lawmakers reach halfway mark – Associated Press

ND Legislature gets ready for second half – Associated Press

Big win for UND med school in N.D. Senate – Forum Communications (B. Skarphol, R. Erbele)

Divided UND Student Senate votes ‘no confidence’ on Shirvani – Forum Communications

North Dakota Rep. Guggisberg named Bush Fellow – Forum Communications (R. Guggisberg)


Reps. Guggisberg, S. Kelsh, Hogan, Zaiser, Hanson, Gruchalla, Boschee, Holman, Mooney, Letter: Remove language in bill that threatens diversion

KIRSTEN BAESLER, NICOLE POOLMAN, PHIL MURPHY: N.D. Senate’s vote on preschool bodes well

George Sinner, Letter: Just who gets that tax break?

Stacey Bendish, Letter: Oil companies make their share

Letter to the Editor: Why does the North Dakota Industrial Commission exist?

Steve Stark cartoon 03.03.13

Forum editorial: Ag report good news for region

Forum editorial: Deniers of reality win weeds – (J. Haak)

Forum editorial: Resist politicizing higher ed

Rich Wardner & Al Carlson, Letter: Halfway progress excellent

Jessica Unruh, Letter: Legislators meet needs of our state

GF Herald Editorial, OUR OPINION: Let research drive change in DUI laws

Mike Jacobs, MATTERS AT HAND: Reconsidering presidential impact on N.D.

Lloyd Omdahl, Column: Culture defines a state

Nick Smith, Column, Bismarck Tribune: A flurry of bills, speeches before crossover

Larry Gauper, Fargo, Letter: Carlson thinks he knows better about diversion, but he’s wrong

James Nyhof, Oxbow, Letter: Amendments undermine Oxbow levee

Gordon Maier, Fargo, Letter: North Dakota Legislature’s actions are an embarrassment

John Heiser, Letter: Big Oil running our state


Representatives Return Home During Recess – KFYR-TV (D. Rust, B. Skarphol)

Lawmakers Enjoy Crossover – KFYR-TV (N. Muscha)

Halfway Through the Session – KFYR-TV (M. Schneider, R. Wardner)

Great Plains News:

ND ranks in top group in high school graduation rates

ND regulators to take public comment on Xcel Energy electric rate increase 

Water tax on oil industry beaten in ND House – (G. Keiser, G. Froseth, B. Skarphol)

North Dakota Legislature taking a break – (R. Wardner)

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