PLAGUED BY POLITICAL GRIDLOCK, IS IT TIME TO CHANGE THE U.S. CONSTITUTION? Mark Jendrysik

Mark Jendrysik
Professor of Pol Sci
University of North Dakota

Mark Jendrysik, Professor of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota joins us to talk about whether the nation has outgrown its need for political parties or if they still contribute to furthering the common good.
I THINK THEY SHOULD BE BANNED… THEY HAVE CLEARLY OUTLIVE THEIR USEFULNESS IF THEY EVER HAD ANY.  Jendrysick will weigh in on the subject.

VALIDATING THE NEED FOR ANOTHER TAX: Terry Bjerke

Terry Bjerke

My former Grand Forks City Council colleague Terry Bjerke joined the program to talk the prospects of a new sales tax discussion in Grand Forks. Terry is no stranger to the the details of this discussion and walks us through what he believes to be the basics of the any substantive discussion on additional revenue for the City:

  1. ASSUMPTION:  Declining City Sales Tax Revenue & declining State Infrastructure Funding will both return to “historically normal” levels within five years
  2. REVIEW & DEFINE RESERVES HELD IN THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS:   Loan & Stabilization, Economic Development, JDA, Cash Carryover
  3. DEFINE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED:  a finite prioritized list of those projects to be funded by additional taxes levied on the citizens of Grand Forks

With these fiscal pieces in place, Terry believes an empirically based debate can be held on the size and length of additional taxes that the City may need to levy on the citizens of Grand Forks.

SHE’S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK: Dakota Huseby

Dakota Huseby

The “delicate flower” of the Grand Forks airwaves joins the program to update us on her life after Grand Forks and to talk politics.

Dakota was diagnosed with an advanced case of Muscular Sclerosis several years ago but is as opinionated as ever with strong opinions about the election of Donald Trump and the state of journalism.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT & A GRAND ART PLAN: Jon Holth

Jon Holth

Jon Holth was an outspoken advocate for developing Arbor Park. In the aftermath of the election he is talking about a Grand Art Plan for downtown Grand Forks, the necessity for such a plan and why it makes sense.

Holth, the co-owner of the Toasted Frog Restaurants that are located in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck also discusses his recently announced position as interim president and CEO of the the Downtown Community Partnership in Fargo.

BOB ROST INTENDS TO RUN FOR COUNTY COMMISSION — Sheriff Bob Rost

Bob Rost
Sheriff, GF County

June 14, 2017, Hour 1

Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost joined MacTalk to discuss drugs and crime that might be associated with drug use.  Is there a change afoot in the area?

As our interview wound down and we began discussing the danger of ATV’s, traffic fines in North Dakota (he thinks they’re a joke) and his personal future after his term expires in 2018, Rost plainly stated the following “I’m going to run for County Commission I think.”

 

20 YEARS LATER & PAYING FOR FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE: Doug Christensen

Doug Christensen
Former Grand Forks City Council member

The longtime Grand Forks lawyer and former Grand Forks City Council joins us to discuss issues the City has faced since the Flood of 1997 in Grand Forks.

Doug discusses the Grand Forks City Council going from fourteen members to seven members, the decision to rebuild downtown, the landfill and the bumpy road that any community travels as it recovers from a catastrophic event.

We also discuss that big infrastructure bill and how to pay for it.

OUR UNCIVIL NATIONAL DISCOURSE: Why Can’t the Nation Agree on a Set of Facts to Debate?

Ted Koppel, the former host of “Nightline” which aired on ABC from 1980-2005, did an insightful piece on the polarization of the Nation this morning on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” new program which is normally devoted to much less controversial subjects.

Koppel looked at our current media-political landscape and examined if the elimination of “The Fairness Doctrine” has been a contributing factor to a current situation where we can’t even agree on the basic facts of an issue.  Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Sean Hannity of Fox News, Dean Baquet of the New York Times and Sean Spicer, Press Secretary to President Trump all appear in the ten minute segment.

It’s  worth a listen.

Remember “The MacNeil Lehrer Report“?  Credible, articulate and footnoted discourse?  Seems a long time ago.

THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, THE WORKINGS OF DEMOCRACY & RETHINKING EDUCATION FUNDING IN ND: Mike Jacobs

Mike Jacobs
The Onlooker

The former Editor and Publisher of the Grand Forks Herald joined Mac and discussed the repeal of The Fairness Doctrine (a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission’s view — honest, equitable, and balanced); his respect and confidence for the workings of our Republic and the current crankiness of elected officials whose job it is to fund education at all levels.

Jacobs also recounts a protest in front of the UND ROTC Building after the Kent State Shootings in 1970.  Mike was responsible for leading a portion of the protest when Tom Clifford, who was then the Dean of the School of Business, helped defuse the situation.  Mike recounts the particulars and Clifford’s gift for treating everyone with respect and navigating difficult situations.

A great piece of articulate discourse.

 

 

AMERICAN POLITICS WITH MARK JENDRYSIK: Trump, Compromising is Dead and Campaign Finance Reform

Mark Jendrysik
Professor of Pol Sci
University of North Dakota

Mark Jendrysik talks about the interesting time it is to be teaching Political Science at the University of North Dakota.  Mark and I discuss:

1. Will the President last his full term?

2. The political problems of the Affordable Care Act?

3. Why is compromise in Congress dead?

4. Does the media share any of the blame for creating this situation?

5. “Sequestration,” is it a symptom of a “sick” symptoms?

6. Campaign Finance Reform,  do we need it?  Can it help free our elected officials to “do the right thing?”

An interesting discussion to say the least!