Writing Archive

America’s Next Oil Boom State Will Be…

North Dakota.
The USGS recently upgraded its estimates of recoverable oil in the Bakken Formatoin in North Dakota (and northern Montana and Saskatchewan) to 4.3 billion barrels.  To put that in perspective, the entire United States, including Alaska and the Gulf, produced 1.7 billion barrels in 2005.
Oil companies have reportedly known about the formation since the [...]

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Big Changes in Little North Dakota

Remember when the Obama campaign said that they were going to contest North Dakota and pundits everywhere collectively asked, North Dakota?! The state is mostly barren prairie punctuated by small towns and is only worth three electoral votes.  It’s also firmly red.  Well, Obama didn’t win North Dakota, but he may have been on to [...]

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“State Sovereignty” Resolutions Increasingly Popular

A trio of Nebraska state senators are worried that the “federal government is overstepping its bounds,” and have introduced a resolution to reaffirm “state sovereignty,” according to the Omaha World-Herald.  I thought it was interesting, but a sentence about halfway down the article really caught my eye:
Seven states passed resolutions this year affirming their sovereignty, [...]

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Efficiency Through Consolidation?

Tom Brokaw recently penned a column in the New York Times suggesting that this recession is an opportunity to press the reset button and that one aspect we should focus on reforming is the efficiency of government. Specifically, Brokaw suggests that state governments could save billions by consolidating municipal governments in the way that [...]

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Morning Reading List – 10 Days to Go

[MAP] Nielsen finds Obama aired 150% more ads than McCain in seven key swing states.
[FL-27] McCain makes a sweep down the crucial/vital/pivotal I-4 Corridor.
[PA-21, OH-20] Obama launches the OSU vs. PSU Challenge.
[GA-15] InsiderAdvantage has a tie in the Peach State.  And Bob Barr predicts McCain will lose it.
[VA-13, CO-9] Chuck Todd moves Virginia and [...]

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Revisiting Indiana and North Dakota

Indiana and North Dakota are two of those states that seemed like longshots for any Democrat a few years ago but now look within reach for Obama. His campaign moved into the Hoosier State relatively late but was up in North Dakota early this summer before pulling out in September.
When the campaign packed its [...]

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Obama Pulling out of North Dakota

The AP is reporting that “Barack Obama, who has deployed more than 50 staffers in North Dakota in an attempt to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1964, is pulling out.”
I can’t say I’m surprised.
But I can’t say I agree — If I was David Plouffe I’d pony up the [...]

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Obama Running Ahead of Kerry in 41 States

Governing.com’s Josh Goodman has a good look at how Barack Obama is running ahead of where John Kerry was four years ago today in 41 states, according to data from Pollster.com.
It’s not surprising considering that Bush is about as popular as the Dallas Cowboys at a Redskins game and considering the fact that Obama makes [...]

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New Outlook in North Dakota?

When the Obama camp announced that it was going to make a play for North Dakota, a lot of people scoffed. I, for one, was skeptical.
But then we all started taking a look at the ROI — the fact that the Obama camp could throw relative pennies at the state and win enough votes [...]

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Obama’s Anti-Kerry Strategy = Genius

In an interview with Politico’s Ben Smith published this morning, Obama field director Steve Hildebrand vowed that their team would be spending a lot of time and money in Bush country this Fall. He named 14 red states, some of which were close in 2004 and some of which Kerry didn’t even consider, and [...]

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