Dental therapy nation is just a matter of time

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington  /  No Comments

Dental therapy is nearing a tipping point in the United States, whether “Big Dentistry” likes it or not. That’s according to Kristin Mizzi Angelone, a dental policy expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts. “There is an unprecedented level of activity in states across the country and from across the political spectrum, with more and more […]

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North Dakota board scrambles to oppose dental therapy

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  General, News, North Dakota, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

For the second time in two years, the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners won’t allow expanded dental services in the state without a fight. At issue is House Bill 1256, approved by a House committee last week and expected to hit the floor this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday. The measure would allow […]

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North Dakota lawmakers sink teeth into dental therapy

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Health Care, Legislature, News, North Dakota, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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The powerful and well-entrenched dental lobby that has thwarted efforts to add dental therapy to the oral health care mix may have finally met its match in North Dakota.

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Nanny State of the Week: City rewrites law to block theater from getting liquor license

By   /  February 22, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, North Dakota, Power Abuse, Regulations, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

City officials in Bismarck, North Dakota, voted on Tuesday to rewrite the rules to prevent a movie theater from purchasing a liquor license.

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North Dakota’s oil and gas regulators say they’ll better explain fine reductions

By   /  January 12, 2016  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulators say they’re going to start providing written explanations to the public when they reduce fines for spills.

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Dear Williston: You can’t make them love you

By   /  January 12, 2016  /  Commentary, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, North Dakota  /  No Comments

By Rob Port The Los Angeles Times has a story (with contributions from former Williston Herald reporter Eric Killelea) about how Williston, North Dakota – which branded itself “Boomtown USA” during the Bakken oil boom – is handling the oil slowdown. One question which should have been asked but apparently wasn’t is how city leader now feel about their “boomtown” branding. […]

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