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  • North Dakota Drills Its Way Out Of Property Taxes

    06/12/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 12, 2012
    Energy Boom: One state has found a solution to job and economic growth so successful it may eliminate one of the most onerous of taxes. It turns out that, yes, we can drill our way out of our problems. On Tuesday in North Dakota, a state flush with revenues from oil produced from the Bakken Shale formation it sits astride, voters were deciding whether theirs will become the first and only state not to have a property tax. If it passes (polls didn't close until after our press time), it ll be the first time a state has eliminated a...
  • Editorial: Vote ‘yes’ to retire UND logo (Fighting Sioux)

    06/12/2012 8:40:42 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 48 replies
    The Forum (Fargo, N.D.) ^ | 5 June 2012 | editorial board
    All the arguments have been heard. The debate, which has raged for years, comes down to Tuesday’s vote on Measure 4 – whether to retire the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux logo and nickname. North Dakotans who understand the greatness of a university is not defined by flawed imagery should vote “yes.” North Dakotans who understand that UND has been hurt by the nickname flap – and will be further damaged if the debate drags on – should vote “yes.” It really is that simple. The questions every voter should ask: Is the future of the university more important...
  • North Dakota voters to decide on Fighting Sioux nickname

    06/12/2012 6:21:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12 2012
    A bitter dispute over whether the University of North Dakota should save or scrap its Fighting Sioux nickname headed to voters on Tuesday, even as supporters of the moniker pledged another battle this fall regardless of the outcome. The issue has been simmering on the campus for several decades but boiled over seven years ago when UND was placed on a list of schools with American Indian nicknames the NCAA deemed hostile and abusive. Those colleges were told to dump the monikers or risk sanctions against their athletic teams. Voters in Tuesday's North Dakota primary will be asked whether to...
  • North Dakota: New Poll Shows Kevin Cramer Surge for House Seat

    06/11/2012 1:56:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 11, 2012 | By Shira Toeplitz
    Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer (R) could upset his party-backed opponent in the Tuesday primary for North Dakota’s open at-large seat, a new poll suggested. Cramer led fellow Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, 60 percent to 21 percent with 19 percent undecided, in a Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by the local Valley News Live/KFYR-TV. The poll surveyed 625 likely voters from June 4 to 6. It had a margin of error of 4 percent.
  • New poll finds Heitkamp, Berg deadlocked in Senate race

    06/08/2012 7:17:12 AM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 32 replies
    INFORUM ^ | June 7, 2012 | Kristen Daum
    FARGO – A new independent poll released today indicates North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race is a dead heat between Republican Rep. Rick Berg and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. Fargo-based Valley News Live and Bismarck-based KFYR-TV commissioned a poll of 625 likely North Dakota voters this week, just days before the statewide primary election. The poll found Heitkamp with 47 percent of the support from likely general election voters, while Berg had 46 percent. Seven percent remain undecided in the race, with about five months left until November. Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, of Washington, D.C., conducted the telephone survey June 4-6. The...
  • North Dakota race a test for Dems seeking to retain Senate

    06/07/2012 4:24:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Josh Lederman
    The race for retiring Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-N.D.) seat has set up a test case for whether Democrats can count on voters splitting the ticket in states where people have soured on President Obama. In North Dakota, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has managed to make competitive a Senate race that many expected early on would be a slam-dunk for Republicans.
  • N.D. Senate Race Could Be Next National Battleground

    06/07/2012 2:36:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    National Pulblic Radio ^ | June 6, 2012 | Brian Naylor
    The conservative group Crossroads GPS aired an ad in North Dakota featuring a video clip it unearthed of Heitkamp from 2008, where she says: "I think Barack Obama's going to be amazing and I think that we are on our way to a better United States." The ad then goes on to say: "Tell Heidi, Obamacare is not the way to a better United States. Support the repeal of Obamacare." The Crossroads GPS ad is aimed at helping Berg, the Republican, a real estate developer and former state lawmaker who is completing his first term in North Dakota's only U.S....
  • GREEN Cola Gasification Plant Celebrates 25 years of operation.

    06/07/2012 7:24:42 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 13 replies
    Dakota Natural Gas webpage ^ | May 4, 2011 | Daryl Hill
    Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric), through its for-profit subsidiary, Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant (Synfuels Plant). The Synfuels Plant is the only commercial-scale coal gasification plant in the United States that manufactures natural gas. It is also the cleanest energy plant operating in the state of North Dakota, according to a comparison of emissions data available from the North Dakota Department of Health
  • Bakken Boom to Squeeze Oil Sands Margins

    06/05/2012 11:05:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | June 05, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Growing U.S. tight oil production, particularly from the Bakken oil play, threatens to squeeze the margins of Canadian oil sands projects, and could result in unsanctioned oil sands projects being delayed or cancelled due to the potential for wide and volatile price differentials, according to a May 2012 report by Wood Mackenzie. The massive growth of North American tight oil production, particularly North Dakota's Bakken play, is placing pressure, and competing directly with Canadian barrels moving south, according to the report. This problem will only get worse as Wood Mackenzie forecasts that North Dakota's Bakken production will double to 1.2...
  • Jobs boom beyond Oil Patch

    06/02/2012 8:25:17 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Jamestown Sun ^ | May 31, 2012 | The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
    The gusher of economic activity flowing from the boom in North Dakota’s Oil Patch often is reflexively credited with single-handedly driving the state’s impressive growth. But figures from Job Service North Dakota make it clear that the robust prosperity and employment growth are occurring statewide. The 24,059 job openings listed online at Job Service as of April reflect a jump of 66 percent over a year ago — and two-thirds of the opportunities are outside the state’s oil-producing counties. The fact that two of every three job openings are outside the Oil Patch often is lost in the hubbub surrounding...
  • North Dakota oil patch schools say they are in crisis

    06/02/2012 8:22:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Bismark Tribune ^ | June 1, 2012 | Bismark Tribune
    chool officials in the northwestern North Dakota oil patch say they are in a state of emergency because of an influx of students and need state help. Schools might need as much as $200 million to handle as many as 3,000 new students next year, Stanley Superintendent Kent Hjelmstad told state legislators during a Thursday meeting in Williston. The amount is double the estimate in a recent study done by a Bismarck consultant at the request of Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Hjelmstad said needs include new buildings, additional staff, more buses, support for a growing special education population, teacher housing and...
  • GOP’s Worst Nightmare: Electoral Stalemate, Constitutional crisis

    05/23/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 23, 2012 | Michael Medved
    This column originally appeared in THE DAILY BEAST. In looking ahead toward the November election, Republican strategists should take proactive steps to avoid a damaging, dangerous conclusion to the presidential race and to prevent the very real chance that Mitt Romney will win the Electoral College even while losing the popular vote badly to Barack Obama. The problem stems from the lopsided margins President Obama will surely pile up in a few uncontested states with big populations, including California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. Mr. Romney, meanwhile, will prevail by comparable margins in only relatively small states: Utah, Idaho, the...
  • Enbridge starts historic flow on Seaway oil pipeline { First flow to Texas refiners from Cushing}

    05/21/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 17, 2012 | DINA O'MEARA
    First oil will flow south to refiners in the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend on the Seaway pipeline, providing slight relief to bloated storage in the Midwest and to discounted Canadian crude. Enbridge Inc. and partner Enterprise Products Partners said Thursday the 150,000 barrel-per-day line reversal was complete, and oil from Cushing, Oklahoma would be arriving in Houston, Texas within two weeks. Markets responded to the news by shrinking the discount of West Texas Intermediate to Europe’s Brent by $2 to approximately $14 US per barrel on visions of slowly debottlenecking record amounts of oil at Cushing. The difference had...
  • Poll: Berg leads Heitkamp in U.S. Senate race (7 points ahead in ND)

    05/17/2012 3:24:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    The Fargo Forum ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kristen Daum
    The first independent poll of North Dakota’s contested U.S. Senate race shows Republican Rep. Rick Berg has a slim lead over his Democratic opponent six months before the general election. A Forum Communications Co. poll of 500 likely voters statewide found 51 percent would choose Berg over Democrat Heidi Heitkamp if the general election were held at the time of the survey, conducted May 3 to May 8 by Essman/Research of Des Moines, Iowa. Heitkamp received 44 percent of likely voters’ support, while 5 percent were still undecided. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3...
  • No sure thing for GOP: a tight battle for Senate

    05/16/2012 5:54:34 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/16/12 | DAVID ESPO Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive Republican primaries, an out-of-nowhere GOP retirement in Maine and an unexpectedly competitive race in North Dakota add up to an unpredictable battle for control of the Senate this fall, confounding early forecasts that an era of Democratic rule was inevitably coming to an end.Adding to the uncertainty, tea party-backed challengers are on the primary ballot against establishment candidates in New Mexico and Texas in the coming weeks, a continuation of an internal Republican struggle that Democrats hope will aid them as it did in 2010.With the support of two independents, Democrats now hold an effective 53-47...
  • N.D. tops Alaska on oil

    05/15/2012 6:43:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Jamestown Sun ^ | May 15, 2012 | Stephen J. Lee
    North Dakota passed Alaska in March to become the second-leading state in crude oil production, trailing only Texas, according to preliminary figures released Monday. North Dakota produced an average of 575,490 barrels of crude oil every day in March, another record, according to Lynn Helms, director of the state’s Department of Mineral Resources. The crude is coming from a record 6,636 wells. In February, the state produced 558,255 barrels and had 6,450 wells. The number of rigs drilling in the state was at 208 on Monday, about where it has been for eight months, including a record 212 drilling for...
  • Newly independent ConocoPhillips will expand in North America, CEO says

    05/10/2012 5:31:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 9, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    In ConocoPhillips’ first shareholders meting since it unhitched its refinery business, new CEO Ryan Lance said he’s focused on further expanding the company’s position in North American shale and other unconventional fossil fuels. Much of the $15 billion Lance plans to funnel into capital spending each year will target oil and natural gas operations in the United States and Canada. The Eagle Ford shale in south Texas, the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Bakken shale in North Dakota will be growth priorities, he said. “With the land ownership and the infrastructure that we have in the United States,...
  • PN Bakken: California refiner loves North Dakota oil

    05/08/2012 11:12:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of May 06, 2012 | Rose Ragsdale
    The April 8 edition of The Californian features an article about a strategy being used by a refiner in the heart of California oil country of buying large amounts of crude from North Dakota and paying to have it hauled by train to Bakersfield, Calif., where it’s turned into mostly gasoline and diesel for the California market. The ingenious part of this approach is that the company is turning a bigger profit using midcontinent crude than if it were buying roughly the same grade oil strictly in Kern County, Calif., the article by John Cox reported. More refiners will likely...
  • Official: Polka dots painted on North Dakota home an eyesore

    05/01/2012 5:23:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies ^ | 1 May 2012 | AP story
    Jim Deitz believes he’s creating a Grand Forks landmark, but the downtown apartment house he’s painting one polka dot at a time is making a city planner cringe. The retired house painter on Tuesday was putting the final polka dots on his home-turned-apartments, where passers-by have been gathering to watch him work and to request colors from his palette of a dozen cans of brightly colored paint. "Pizza delivery drivers won’t have any trouble finding this place," Deitz said of the century old-two story home that houses six apartments. "You can’t miss it." The house is next to a church,...
  • Heitkamp up Five in New Poll, DSCC Launching Ad

    04/27/2012 5:37:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    The Hotline ^ | April 27, 2012 | Steven Shepard and Julie Sobel
    The seat of retiring North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad is viewed as one of the best Republican pick-up opportunities on the Senate landscape this cycle, but Democrats have long contended that their prospects of holding onto the seat in November are better than most observers believe. To further that point, they released a new poll Friday conducted for the Peace Garden State's Democratic Party showing GOP at-large Rep. Rick Berg trailing Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by a small margin, results that were similar to a poll last November commissioned by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee...
  • Prayers & Helping Hands for Minot, ND

    04/21/2012 9:20:00 AM PDT · by MOTUS · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-21-2012 | MOTUS
    Everybody remembers last year's devastating flood in Minot, ND. They haven’t recovered yet, but they won’t give up. You can help.
  • North Dakota Journal Part III (Great Article on How Conservatism leads to Opportunity)

    04/17/2012 9:53:49 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 18 April 2012 | Jay Nordlinger
    They look you in the eye out here. It’s almost disconcerting. I’m not used to that firm-handshake, look-you-in-the-eye stuff. I feel like it’s 1952 or something (and I mean that in the most positive way). On the street signs of Tioga (such as they are), there are so many Norwegian names, you might think you were in Lillehammer. In my NR piece, I mention Kathy Neset, who is a very successful oil consultant here in the Bakken — almost a guru, I would say. She’s not from out here. She’s from New Jersey. As she was leaving, in the late...
  • PN Bakken: Oil not from shale {Bakken education thread}

    04/14/2012 4:26:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of April 15, 2012 | Kay Cashman
    In the process of putting together the first edition of Petroleum News Bakken, we decided a geology lesson was needed. Welcome to Petroleum News Bakken. I hope you like our first edition well enough to check in twice a month — first and third weeks. Our editor, Ray Tyson, and I were born and raised in the Midwest; Ray in South Dakota, where he returned to live and work several years ago, and me in Minnesota. But nothing prepared us for the shock of the oil boom in nearby states and provinces. I’m staying in Alaska, focusing on the industry...
  • PN Bakken: Helms: well costs up, industry uses $86 oil, at $55 lose rigs

    04/14/2012 4:21:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of April 15, 2012 | Kay Cashman
    The North Dakota Industrial Commission, Department of Mineral Resources, has released a new and higher average cost for drilling and completing Bakken wells in North Dakota. Lynn Helms, director of the department that includes the state’s oil and gas division and geological survey, is now quoting $8.5 million for drilling and completing a Bakken well, versus the $7.3 million estimate he used in a December presentation, and the $6.6 million figure he used in August. (See related story on well costs on page 1 of this issue.) The latest estimate is in a slide he used in a March 20...
  • Infrastructure could limit Bakken drilling

    04/13/2012 5:00:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 13, 2012 | Associated Press
    nfrastructure challenges in western North Dakota could limit the number of oil and gas drilling rigs in the Bakken system’s rich Williston Basin, industry executives said at a conference. As companies have flocked to tap resources there, heavy equipment has overwhelmed roads while workers have filled up available housing. The problem is more acute in North Dakota than Montana, said Mark Williams, senior vice president of exploration and development at Whiting Petroleum Corp. There are close to 220 drilling rigs in the Williston Basin. “We could easily double the number of rigs, purely based on resources,” Williams said. However, he...
  • First Man Arrested With Drone Evidence Vows to Fight Case

    04/11/2012 4:46:27 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 35 replies
    USNWR via Jewish World Review ^ | April 11, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    Bizarre case is forcing court to decide if police may take advantage of technology in making arrests | (USNWR) The tiny town of Lakota, N.D., is quickly becoming a key testing ground for the legality of the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement after one of its residents became the first American citizen to be arrested with the help of a Predator surveillance drone. The bizarre case started when six cows wandered onto Rodney Brossart's 3,000 acre farm. Brossart, an alleged anti-government "sovereignist," believed he should have been able to keep the cows, so he and two family...
  • Gas flaring permits surge in Texas

    04/09/2012 12:34:17 PM PDT · by thackney · 43 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 9, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    The number natural gas flaring permits issued in Texas has more than quadrupled over the past two years, as oil and gas production in the state has boomed, according to the Texas Railroad Commission. The state commission issued 651 permits last year, compared to 306 in 2010. In 2009, 158 permits were handed out. Companies flare, or burn off, natural gas produced from their wells if low prices make the fossil fuel uneconomical to sell or if there’s not enough pipeline capacity to get to it market. Flaring also occurs to relieve dangerous pressure levels in wells and for other...
  • Property Tax Revolution in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan

    03/26/2012 7:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 7+ views ^ | March 26, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The granddaddy of property tax revolts is now underway in North Dakota. The North Dakota group, Empower the Taxpayer writes "On June 12, 2012, the voters of North Dakota will have the opportunity to make North Dakota truly 'Legendary', as the first to pass a state constitutional amendment that will abolish the property tax, prioritize spending by the legislature, and finally give local governments something they never had: true local control over spending." Public unions and proponents of big government are now involved in a major wave of fearmongering because North Dakota counties get about 60 percent of their revenue...
  • Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op

    03/21/2012 5:03:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 21, 2012
    Politics: The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction. If one of his aides some morning remarked on a particularly lovely sunrise, it wouldn't surprise us if President Obama responded with a "thank you," so gifted is he in taking credit for successes that he has nothing to do with and that occur despite, not because, of his policies. So it will be Thursday, when Obama is scheduled to appear in Cushing, Okla.,...
  • Obama’s Outrageous DOL Rules Will Restrict Minors From Working on Family Farms – Killing Farm Life

    03/21/2012 9:40:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 113 replies
    gateway ^ | March 21, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama is committed to killing off the family farm – an American tradition. For generations children and adults have worked together on the family farm. Those days are over. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions that would ban children from working on family farms. Senator Thune spoke out against the Obama Administration’s proposed labor rules for youth who work on farms and ranches on the Senate floor. The Obama Administration’s rules are so strict they would...
  • Paul Krugman Drills Dry Hole On Oil, Gas Fracking

    03/20/2012 3:55:18 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Marcxh 20. 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy: The economist at the newspaper of record defends the president's energy policy of Solyndra, Chevy Volts and algae while dismissing the oil boom on private lands as a small-town hiccup with no impact on price. New York Times columnist and Keynesian economist Paul Krugman asks in a recent column why gas prices are rising if we are in the middle of a domestic oil boom. Doesn't the "drill, baby, drill" crowd claim, he argues, that prices will drop "if only we would stop protecting the environment and let energy companies do whatever they want"? Without our domestic oil boom,...
  • Crude on track: Canadian Pacific in 4th year of moving Bakken oil (Not waiting for Keystone XL)

    03/19/2012 5:20:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of March 18, 2012 | Gary Park
    While the haggling continues over oil pipelines across North America and bottlenecks intensify in the U.S. mid-continent, Canadian Pacific Railway, or CPR, is in its fourth year of turning trains into a significant method of crude transportation. The Calgary-based company, determined to build an edge on its rival Canadian National Railway, has been leading the way in shipping crude from the Bakken field in North Dakota and Saskatchewan. It started at 500 rail cars in 2008, each holding 650 barrels (about 890 barrels per day), expanded to 13,000 cars last year (23,150 bpd) and is now targeting 70,000 cars (125,000...
  • NCAA: Don't bring Fighting Sioux name to playoffs

    03/01/2012 2:02:29 AM PST · by servo1969 · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 29, 2012 | Dale Wetzel
    BISMARCK, N.D. -- University of North Dakota teams risk forfeiting any post-season games if their athletes, cheerleaders or band wear or display the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and American Indian head logo, an NCAA official said Wednesday. Bernard Franklin, an NCAA executive vice president, said in a letter to university provost Paul LeBel that the university "must forfeit competition" if "it has not adhered to this requirement" in any post-season games that UND teams have been invited to play in. "We ask that the university take measures to minimize or eliminate the presence of the imagery or nickname brought to...
  • North Dakota: A Study in How the Free Market Works

    03/13/2012 8:48:58 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 17 replies
    New American ^ | 3-13-12 | Bob Adelmann
    The continuing boom in North Dakota seemingly has no end. Last June oil production from the Bakken Formation exceeded 11 million barrels a month. In February it reached 16 million with estimates that by late spring North Dakota could be producing more oil than either California or Alaska. That’s more than double what the state produced just two years ago. The population boom in Williston and elsewhere continues to set records. The oil industry employs more than 30,000 people and could exceed 100,000 if production rises as expected to a million barrels a day. There are so many job openings...
  • Can California's Economic Self-Immolation Be Exported?

    03/12/2012 5:57:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 03/11/2012 | Bill Frezza
    What is it about California that make its elected leaders work so hard to earn their place in the dunce's corner alongside Greece? With all the state has going for it - abundant natural resources, an educated populace, and an entrepreneurial tradition second to none - California politicians and the people who put them in power seem determined to destroy the state's economy in order to achieve some higher purpose. Nowhere is this clearer than in the bizarre economics of California's tax and energy policies. Were California to shut down its entire manufacturing sector, turn off its power plants, idle...
  • Shooting for Liberty States competing for lowest Brady score

    03/10/2012 7:39:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    The Brady Bunch has released their annual scorecard rating states based on how strict their gun laws are. The scorecard is a very useful tool to help rights groups understand how their state compares to others on a liberty scale; more points = less liberty. Alaska, Arizona, and Utah have all achieved the coveted Zero Points/Zero Stars on the Brady scale and are now competing to see which state will be the first into negative numbers – which is possible through bonus points. Arizona and Alaska can reach a –2 point score by protecting carry rights on campuses of state...
  • Obama Energy Hypocrisy: What's It All About, Algae?

    03/09/2012 3:07:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 9, 2012 | IBD staff
    Energy: At a plant that makes natural-gas-powered trucks, the president proposes still more alternative-energy subsidies. The privately developed technology that lowered the price of natural gas can lower gasoline prices too. It was a tad surreal to see President Obama, champion of green energy and unions, visiting a foreign-owned manufacturer of natural gas-powered trucks in a right-to-work state. But there he was Wednesday, at the Daimler Trucks North America truck factory in Mount Holly, N.C., touting vehicles powered by a fossil fuel produced by drilling. The president, who recently touted pond scum as an energy source of the future, embraced...
  • Romney leads Alaska presidential preference poll (Wins by 420 votes)

    03/07/2012 8:58:12 AM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 36 replies
    FAIRBANKS - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney maintained a strong lead with most of the results counted in the Alaska Republican presidential preference poll held today. With 4,225 votes, the former Massachusetts Governor took 32.6 percent of the statewide vote. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum took 29 percent, Texas congressman Ron Paul took about 24 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took 14 percent. At 10:30 p.m., 95 percent of the vote had been counted. Alaska was one of 10 states to participate in the Republican nomination process today and will divvy up 24 of its delegates according to...
  • Santorum wins North Dakota caucuses

    03/06/2012 7:28:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/06/2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Rick Santorum won the North Dakota caucuses on Super Tuesday. CNN projected Santorum as the winner shortly after 10 p.m. ET, an hour after the caucuses ended. North Dakota didn't receive as much attention as other nine Super Tuesday states. Mitt Romney and Santorum visited the state once, according to the Associated Press. Ron Paul, on the other hand, visited multiple time and seemed like a good fit for the libertarian Republican: the state leans heavily toward independents. Paul, who drew large crowds of Tea Partiers there, decided to spend the evening of Super Tuesday in North Dakota. The state...
  • CNN calls North Dakota for Santorum

    03/06/2012 7:18:27 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies ^ | 3/6/12
    Santorum 40% Paul 27% Romney 25% Gingrich 8% 78% of Precincts Reporting
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the state’s wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • Santorum Warns of Iran Attack on North Dakota

    02/16/2012 3:11:03 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 134 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/16/2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Rick Santorum made an odd comment in North Dakota on Wednesday. Praising the state for its energy production, he warned his audience that its success in the field might lead to terrorist attacks. CNN reports: Rick Santorum warned a quiet North Dakota audience Wednesday that their state’s booming oil industry positioned the region as a prime target for terrorism. “Folks, you’ve got energy here. They’re going to bother you
  • 12 state attorneys general: we will file lawsuit against Obama mandate ‘in weeks, not months’

    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 13, 2012, ( – Within weeks, the top lawyers in a dozen states may file a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s controversial requirement that all insurance plans include access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization, the attorney general of Nebraska told LifeSiteNews. Jon Bruning told that 12 states had signed onto a scathing critique of the mandate and were preparing to take more serious action. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning On Friday, ten state attorneys general addressed a scathing letter to President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis....
  • Newt Gingrich leaves Las Vegas with plan to woo NASCAR voters, sweep South

    02/05/2012 5:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2012 | Shannon McCaffrey
    LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters. As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that....
  • Revolutionary endeavor: Bottineau’s Jonathan Bartlett teaches Project Appleseed(ND)

    01/31/2012 6:48:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 30 January, 2012 | KIM FUNDINGSLAND
    BOTTINEAU It wouldn't be surprising if Jonathan Bartlett bleeds red, white and blue. The Bottineau resident has a deepening appreciation for this nation's founding fathers and early citizens and citizen soldiers. A few years ago, Bartlett was introduced to Project Appleseed, a combination heritage and marksmanship program conducted by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. He was so captured by the experience that he continues to rise through the ranks of RWVA. "It was inspiring. It motivated me to be involved," said Bartlett. "Something really connected with the shooting aspect and the history of our founding. Our founders inspired our free...
  • ND fuel plant plans may hinge on political change

    01/11/2012 1:06:49 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 1-9-12 | JAMES MacPHERSON
    BISMARCK, N.D.—North Dakota granted a fourth extension of state aid for study of a plan to build a coal-to-liquid fuel factory, while the project's developers wait to see if the political climate in Washington changes after the presidential election. Dallas-based North American Coal Corp. and Headwaters Inc. of South Jordan, Utah, formed American Lignite Energy LLC in 2007 to oversee construction and operation of the $4 billion plant at a yet-to-be chosen site in western North Dakota. David Straley, a North American Coal Corp. spokesman said a decision on whether to start construction depends on a change of political climate...
  • Oil milestone attained State producing half a million barrels a day

    01/10/2012 11:21:06 PM PST · by upsdriver · 17 replies
    The Minot Daily News ^ | January 11, 2012 | ELOISE OGDEN
    BISMARCK The preliminary November data released Tuesday by the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division indicates North Dakota now is producing more than half a million barrels of oil per day. That's about 510,000 barrels produced a day in the month of November. "This is big news for the state and the country. A half a million barrels a day represents about 10 percent of U.S. production. That's enough oil to displace imports from Iraq or Columbia," said Lynn Helms, Bismarck, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, in a news release issued Tuesday. The Oil and Gas...
  • Enbridge’s Bakken pipeline approved, National Energy Board gives it green light

    12/27/2011 7:41:35 AM PST · by thackney · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | December 22, 2011 | Dina O'Meara
    Enbridge Inc. has received regulatory approval for its Bakken Pipeline project, adding much needed capacity out of the prolific and pipeline-constrained U.S. play. The $180-million pipeline will move crude from the Bakken and Three Forks formations in Montana and North Dakota to Cromer, Man., via a new pump station at Steelman, Sask. “We’re pleased to receive the board’s approval of our Canadian Bakken project and to be able to move forward with this component of our broader expansion plans in the Bakken in both Canada and in North Dakota,” Perry Schuldhaus, Enbridge vice-president of regional pipeline development, said today. “The...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • Predator drone spy plane used in civilian arrests

    12/10/2011 7:34:07 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 105 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 10, 2011 | Brian Bennett
    Unmanned aircraft from an Air Force base in North Dakota help local police with surveillance, raising questions that trouble privacy advocates. Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three...