MINOT, N.D.—Minnesota regulators have given Canadian company Enbridge approval to go forward with replacing their Line 3 pipeline. That line was originally constructed in the 1960s but in recent years has needed constant maintenance to keep it in good working order. It needs replacement to cut down on the amount of digging and construction along its route. But hard-core environmental activists have vowed to fight this replacement of an existing pipeline in the same way they fought the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
In an editorial today the Grand Forks Herald uses the word “dilemma” to describe the situation Republicans face in the Alabama Senate Race.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp has already raised millions upon millions of dollars in the 2018 election cycle ( mostly from out-of-state contributors ), so of course she’s running for re-election.
On Friday a jury acquitted law enforcement officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter charges after he shot Philando Castile to death in Minnesota. After the verdict was made public so too was dashcam video of the shooting, which you can watch below. I’ll warn you that it’s quite graphic and harrowing to watch. It’s deeply troubling to me, based on this video, that Officer Yanez was acquitted. But there’s a gun rights issue at play here, too.
“You may not have noticed it…but the North Dakota Senate campaign for the 2018 cycle has already begun,” I wrote back on April 1 .
Legislating is a fraught process, whether it’s at the national level or right here in North Dakota. Sometimes emotions run wild and tension is high. Other times the proceedings are gouge-your-eyeballs-out boring. So I guess we participants and observers have to take our levity where we can get it. Senator Howard Anderson (R-Turtle Lake) certainly did that today. While carrying HB1191 to the Senate floor today (it has to do with political subdivision borrowing authority) he made a fart joke.