Author Archives: Rob Port

Planned Parenthood protesters stand outside a building housing Congressman Kevin Cramer's Fargo office.

Audio: Congressman Cramer Says Planned Parenthood Video Showing Protesters Turned Back by Cops Was a “Stunt”

Audio: Congressman Cramer Says Planned Parenthood Video Showing Protesters Turned Back by Cops Was a “Stunt”

“I’m happy to listen to them…but at least be truthful about it.” That’s what Congressman Kevin Cramer told me today on my radio show of a Planned Parenthood protest outside his office in Fargo on Friday. The protesters are now alleging that they were blocked from delivering a petition to Cramer’s staff by law enforcement,

Doug Burgum, then a candidate for Governor of North Dakota, visits with Rick Burgum and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at the annual Sioux Awards on October 13, 2016 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Burgum Vetoes Bill Aimed at Restricting Bonuses

Back in late 2015 nearly $100,000 in bonuses handed out by former Governor Jack Dalrymple caused no small amount of controversy in the state. They went to five employees, including nearly $32,000 to Chief of Staff Ron Rauschenberger (who has stayed on on current Governor Doug Burgum’s transition into office). Dalrymple’s spokesman Jeff Zent defended the

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Rick Abbott / The Forum

Governor Burgum Wants Lawmakers to Give up Some of Their Power of the Purse

Governor Doug Burgum rode into office last year on a landslide victory from the electorate. One of his campaign promises? Making government more efficient. Pushing it to do more with less. Burgum tells us he wants to reinvent government. We haven’t seen a lot of that sort of thing so far, and lawmakers have noticed.

Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, speaks to the Fargo City Commission Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, explaining some of the expenses and procedures of refugee resettlement in the Fargo area. Dave Wallis / The Forum

We Desperately Need More Information on Refugee Resettlement in North Dakota

My colleague Mike McFeely had a column over the weekend which had to be catnip for a left wind audience suggesting as it does that oil workers are more dangerous than the refugees being resettled in our state (mostly in the Fargo area). He points to a recent crime report which suggests that a surge

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NDSU Faculty Group Rails Against “Fascism” at Legislature and “Orchestrated Attack” on Higher Education

“It’s easy to perceive being a Republican as being confused with fascism,” Mark Meister, chairman of North Dakota State University’s communication’s department, told a sparsely-attended meeting of NDSU faculty according to a report in the student newspaper, though he went on caution that lawmakers aren’t entirely to blame for what at least some meeting attendees

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks with the Grand Forks Herald's editorial board. Sitting next to her is Abigail McDonough, her communications director. (Herald photo/Sam Easter)

At Risk of Losing Re-Election, Senator Heidi Heitkamp Avoids Criticizing President Trump

North Dakota Democrats, judging from their social media messaging (both official and unofficial), are not ambiguous when it comes to their feelings about President Donald Trump. But when Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat to win an election on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008, was asked by the Grand Forks Herald to grade Trump she

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, looks at the tally board on Tuesday during the 83-9 House vote on HB1169, a change to the North Dakota constitution allowing the carrying of a concealed firearm. Becker was a co-sponsor of the bill. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Constitutional Carry Legislation Had Strong Bipartisan Support

There has been an angry response from some factions of North Dakota politics over Governor Doug Burgum signing into law HB1169, sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), which institutes so-called “constitutional carry” in our state. One trope I’ve been seeing on social media is about how this is just another example of our state’s crazy

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after arriving for jury duty at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

“A Sane Person to an Insane Society Must Appear Insane”

With President Barack Obama we had a relentlessly ideological national leader. His every move was calculated to advance the progressive agenda. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, measures his success much differently. He’s not terribly ideological. Rather, he’s focused on getting things done. I’m not exactly breaking new ground with that observation, but it’s


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