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North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani on Monday, June 18, at NDSU. David Samson / The Forum

State Board of Higher Education Wisely Declines to Give University Presidents a Blank Check on Tuition

State Board of Higher Education Wisely Declines to Give University Presidents a Blank Check on Tuition

A recent spat between State Board of Higher Education members and a couple of university presidents over tuition policy for out-of-state students illustrates exactly why Governor Doug Burgum’s proposed changes to university governance are such a bad idea. If you haven’t been following along, recently South Dakota announced that they would be granting in-state tuition

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) talks to reporters about sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 12, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Alternatively, More Conservatives Should Join the News Media

Yesterday, in response to consternation among media types over the demise of conservative news and opinion magazine The Weekly Standard, I argued that if “mainstream” media types were so concerned about it they ought to try hiring more conservatives. I received a lot of feedback on that post through various mediums, and one consistent and well-made

Michael Marceau holds and upside down American flag at a "Protect Mueller" protest at Lafayette Square in Washington, Nov. 8, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

The News Media Should Hire More Conservatives

There is a lot of consternation of late about the demise of The Weekly Standard, a right-of-center publication founded by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes and owned by Rupert Murdoch from its founding in 1995 until 2009 (right around the media mogul purchased the Wall Street Journal). The Standard is hardly the first ideologically-driven publication

The Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D., pictured here April 17, 2012, houses more than 100 female convicted felons. Forum News Service file photo

Prisons Aren’t Jobs Programs

Governor Doug Burgum’s executive budget his ignited several debates over policy and spending across the state. Perhaps one of the most heated so far is the proposed relocation of the Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center, a prison facility for female inmates current located in New England, North Dakota. On one side of the debate is

Rebel Marie, left, is a 31-year-old transgender woman and activist. She is pictured with Vyla Grindberg, a 35-year-old transgender woman. Submitted photo

This Time Anti-Discrimination Activists Hope to Bring Evidence of Discrimination to the Legislature

For going on a decade now Democrats have brought to North Dakota’s biannual legislative session an anti-discrimination bill aimed at protecting homosexual/transgendered citizens from discrimination. It’s been the same bill, over and over again, to the point where some (including this observer) have questioned how serious Democrats are about passing the bill. Did they really

Rep. Rick Becker: What I Learned by Watching 30 Minutes of the Last State Board of Higher Education Meeting

This guest post was submitted by state Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican representing District 7 in the Bismarck area. A few days ago I read that the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) was considering allowing college presidents to offer out-of-state students the in-state tuition rate. Because this touched on two bills I

Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum asks for the NDGOP endorsement for governor during the during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

NDGOP State Committee Votes Against Endorsing Legislation to End North Dakota’s Open Primaries

Tonight the North Dakota Republican Party voted against a resolution endorsing legislation aimed at ending North Dakota’s open primary system. Here’s the vote tally, per the party: 19-Yes 29-No 8-Absent/Not Voting The resolution would have needed 29 “yes” votes to pass, so it wasn’t particularly close. The issue was brought to the state party by District

The Belfield American Legion Color Guard marches toward the Belfield Theatre for the town's Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 30, 2016. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)

Governor Burgum and a Republican Lawmaker Want to Exempt Military Pay and Pensions From State Income Taxes and It’s a Solid Idea

North Dakota has thousands and thousands of military members, both active duty and retired, living in our state. North Dakota has a chronic labor shortage. North Dakota is also one of just eight states which still fully taxes military pay to retirees. Governor Doug Burgum, along with state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo), each aim

These turbines are part of the Xcel Energy Courtenay Wind Farm in south-central North Dakota. John M. Steiner / Forum News Service

Julie Fedorchak: Wind Projects Save Xcel Customers Millions

This guest post was submitted by Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak. In a recent article, Rob Port claimed that the PSC gave the go-ahead to Xcel Energy “to inflate power bills” here in North Dakota to meet “green energy” goals in other states. While that’s certainly a provocative lead, it’s false on both accounts. First

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