Oil-Train Spills Are Worse Than Ever, and Obama's New Safety Rules Aren't Enough
July 23, 2014 2:17 PM
The amount of oil being transported—and spilled—is at an all-time high, and federal regulation can't keep pace.
You Can See the North Dakota Shale Boom From Space
December 04, 2013
All of a sudden, this map has crazy lights in North Dakota.
The Shale Boom and Montana's Next Senator
April 25, 2013
Pondering the electoral consequences of affluence and energy in North Dakota and Montana
The new laws in North Dakota and Arkansas aren't likely to stand. But they're shifting the conversation in a dangerous direction.
The Capital of Retail Politics
September 28, 2012
Can Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp's personality trump the Super PAC money flooding into her state?
With the financial balance of power shifting toward the Republicans, Democrats are understandably alarmed that a deluge of cash from outside groups and Wall Street could swamp Obama’s reelection efforts. As an initial step, the Obama campaign has concentrated their expenditures on a smaller number of swing states, ensuring that they at least remain competitive in the markets they consider most important. But when you concentrate resources, some areas end up short-changed, and the decision to narrow the playing field has left Obama without substantial purchases in several media markets.
On June 5, Wisconsin voters will head to the polls to decide whether to recall controversial Republican Governor Scott Walker and his lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch. The current polling shows a close race. But while it’s not yet clear whether Walker will survive the vote, it’s increasingly safe to declare one winner and one loser from the recall election. The winner is the national Democratic Party, which is already reaping benefits.
Santorum For Veep!
March 07, 2012
Rick Santorum’s impressive Super Tuesday showing—he won Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, and lost Ohio by only a hair—compels political commentators to pretend that the nomination may still be up for grabs (when in fact the nominee will still almost certainly be Mitt Romney). That won’t last.