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By Rob Port | Google+ Rob Port is the editor of http://sayanythingblog.com/. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

Could North Dakota’s economic success actually hurt republicans?

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Rob Port | Bakken.com Contributer North Dakota Republicans have benefited tremendously from North Dakota’s oil-driven economic boom, but could they become victims of the state’s success? By any conventional measure, North Dakota Republicans seem set to have another very successful election cycle. They’ve got a huge incumbency advantage. Every single Republican on the statewide ballot is an incumbent (though two ...

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Housing help is on the way

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North Dakota is seeing a building season for housing that is perhaps unlike any the state has ever seen, and it couldn’t be coming at a better time. A housing shortage in North Dakota, particularly in the oil fields in the western part of the state, has pushed rents in some parts of the state so high that they’ve made ...

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Strong bird numbers undermine cast for conservation measure


Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor As we work our way through another election cycle toward the November ballot, North Dakotans are having a debate about conservation. It’s been prompted by a coalition of conservation activist groups like Ducks Unlimited which are pushing a ballot measure that would, if approved, divert state oil tax revenues to conservation. It’s a ...

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North Dakota getting younger means more crime

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Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor Before North Dakota was making headlines as the epicenter of a boom in domestic shale oil production, and one of the few persistent bright spots in our national economy, ours was a state with an aging workforce and few opportunities for younger citizens. It wasn’t low unemployment or explosive economic growth that was ...

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Obama administration opposes bill to cut flaring


Rob Port | Bakken.com contributor When President Barack Obama paid his much-ballyhooed visit to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota – a rare presidential visit to Indian country – tribal sovereignty was a big part of the narrative. The President touted policies like the Violence Against Women Act, which gave tribes the authority to prosecute crimes committed on ...

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Keystone protesters come to North Dakota

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Rob Port | Shale Plays Media Contributor This last week President Barack Obama made a rare Presidential visit to North Dakota – just the 14th time a sitting president has come to the state – and an even rarer visit to Indian Country. His visit to the Standing Rock reservation was just the 4th time a sitting President has visited ...

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Will Obama visit ND’s oil fields


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com contributer The Washington Post reported recently that President Barack Obama may be visiting North Dakota, staging an event on one of the state’s Indian reservations. There is no confirmation yet for which reservation – or even official confirmation for whether or not the event will actually happen – but the potential for a presidential visit is ...

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City looking for answers

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By: Rob Port, Shale Plays Media Contributer That’s the headline from the Williston Herald over an article documenting protests over high rents and local city leaders asking the state for solutions, including asking for an opinion from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on whether or not rent control policies would be legal. Yes, rent control. And maybe that’s not surprising. It’s ...

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Coulda, woulda, shoulda


By: Rob Port, Bakken.com Contributer There’s a lot of “coulda, woulda, shoulda” going on in North Dakota politics right now. That’s to be expected in an election year in a state with a political party – the Democrats – that is desperate to find a bath out of the political woods and back into relevance. Relieved by North Dakota voters ...

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Slow down the oil boom slow down the revenues

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By: Rob Port, Bakken.com contributor “North Dakota Considers Slowing Down Oil Boom” That headline, or variations on it, were all over the media last week after the North Dakota Industrial Commission held a hearing on the issue of flaring, or the burn off of excess natural gas produced during the oil extraction process. But the pace of oil development in ...

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