Author Archives: Jim Fuglie

2014 Election Analysis–Part 2

Like I said yesterday: All the Republicans are going to win. All the ballot measures are going to lose. The election of statewide constitutional officeholders in North Dakota is a pretty ho-hum affair this year. All the Republicans will keep … Continue reading

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2014 Election Analysis–Part 1

All the Republicans are going to win. All the ballot measures are going to lose. If I were a betting man, and I could find someone to take the bet, that would be the one I’d make. Okay, not all … Continue reading

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Dis-ing Measure 5

Three words describe my feelings about the campaign the opponents of Measure 5 (the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Constitutional Amendment) have run this year: Disingenuous, Dishonest and Disgusting. “Disingenuous,” because they buffaloed the poorly-led farm organizations into opposing a … Continue reading

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Lining Up At The Federal Trough

In the 1970’s, when I was a reporter for The Dickinson Press, the coal boom was happening in western North Dakota, and there was a lot of power plant construction getting underway. Federal government largesse back then wasn’t what it … Continue reading

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What Would Art Link Do?

It was one of those chance encounters. I was just sitting in a Bad Lands bar on a rainy afternoon having a quiet drink when an old acquaintance happened in and sat down beside me. He was a retired coal … Continue reading

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Tracy and Bob

I’ve got two friends running for the state Legislature in my Legislative district, one a Democrat, Tracy Potter, and one a Republican, Bob Martinson. This isn’t the first rodeo for either one of them, and I have voted for them … Continue reading

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Ice Cream And South American Sauce (And An Apology)

When I was a little kid growing up in Hettinger, North Dakota, my seven favorite words from my Dad were “Anybody want to go for a ride?” That question came usually on a soft summer evening, and it meant we … Continue reading

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Celebrate Today!

Fifty years ago today, on September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law The Wilderness Act. I think it may be the best law ever signed by a President. The Wilderness Act created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which … Continue reading

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Hacked. Again.

Somebody doesn’t like me. Okay, for regular readers, you know that I’ve pissed some people off on this blog over the last five years. And I am not unique. Pretty much everybody, except maybe Mother Theresa and Robin Williams, has … Continue reading

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Protecting ALL Public Lands–A Modest Proposal

I know, I know, it’s been a while, but summer is vacation time, even for old retired folks, and so I took one, along with my lovely wife, to the Grand Targhee National Forest in Idaho–the backside of the Grand … Continue reading

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