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Governor Doug Burgum and his wife Kathryn Helgaas Burgum attend Super Bowl LII. Photo via Twitter

Here Are the Emails Between Governor Burgum’s Office and Xcel Energy Setting up His Uber Expensive Super Bowl Trip

Here Are the Emails Between Governor Burgum’s Office and Xcel Energy Setting up His Uber Expensive Super Bowl Trip

The story about Governor Doug Burgum’s Super Bowl trip just won’t go away, mostly because Burgum’s office has handled the whole thing pretty terribly. Not only should Burgum never have accepted the hospitality of Xcel Energy in the first place, but it now appears he didn’t fully disclose the entire cost of the trip. The

Protesters demonstrate in the Not One More rally for gun legislation, held at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 17, 2018. Since Wednesday, when a gunman killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., teenage voices have resonated where those of longtime politicians have largely fallen flat. (Saul Martinez/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

The Argument for Gun Control Is Myopic and Shallow

Over the weekend the Fargo Forum published an editorial calling for the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban that was as shallow as it was myopic. “There is no legitimate civilian use for guns like the AR-15,” the paper writes. There are millions upon millions of Americans who own AR-15 rifles, and equivalent firearms, who might

Tom Campbell announces his candidacy for the U.S. House during a U.S. Senate campaign rally for N.D. Rep. Kevin Cramer on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Ramada in Bismarck. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)

After All the Announcements and Maneuvering, Here’s What North Dakota’s Federal Races Look Like This Morning

Congressman Kevin Cramer announced last week that he’s running for the U.S. Senate. That has set off a ripple of maneuvering across Republican political circles, and I thought I’d round up what everything looks like as of this morning. First, as I wrote over the weekend, we can expect current NDGOP Chairman, and Dickinson-area state

Paul Schaffner in Bismarck on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Paul Schaffner: “We Have an Ethics Problem in North Dakota

This column was submitted by Paul Schaffner, previously a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate who below announces he’s running for the U.S. House. I appreciate the opportunity to address the readers of SAB. I am running for US Congress for numerous reasons from love of country, community, and my belief in conservative values. I

North Dakota Republican Chairman Kelly Armstrong speaks during a U.S. Senate campaign rally for N.D. Rep. Kevin Cramer on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Ramada in Bismarck. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)

Expect NDGOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong to Be in the U.S. House Race Within a Week

Yesterday I wrote that NDGOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong was considering a run for the U.S. House now that Republican incumbent Kevin Cramer is in the Senate race. Today sources tell me that Armstrong, who is also a state Senator from Dickinson, has been making calls this weekend to line up his campaign. “He is saying

Renè Heredia Nieves, environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health, uses a FLIR camera to inspect a well site north of Killdeer, N.D., on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of Department of Health

Air Pollution in North Dakota, an Oil and Coal State, Is Down 25 Percent Over the Last Five Years

To hear some environmental activists put it, you’d think North Dakota were an industrial wasteland where energy industry titans are allowed to pollute the land and air with impunity. Those of us who actually live here can see that lie for what it is with our own eyes. Our state has a proud tradition, stretching

President Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, April 28, 2017. Trump is the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the group's annual convention. (Al Drago/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

The NRA Is Powerful Because the NRA Is People

When something awful like the mass shooting in Florida happens our nation’s media turns into a competition among pundits and politicians and celebrities to see who can be the most outraged. Most of this outrage is directed at the NRA. You almost get the idea, from the way people like comedian Jimmy Kimmel talk about

SEnator Heidi Heitkamp

Senator Heitkamp Votes to Protect Funding for Sanctuary Cities

While her latest Republican challenger, Congressman Kevin Cramer, basks in national attention stemming from his decision to run for the Senate, incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp quietly cast a vote to protect funding for sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities, for the uninitiated, are communities which refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in identifying and apprehending illegal immigrants.

State Senator Kelly Armstrong (R-Dickinson)

NDGOP Chairman Kelly Armstrong Is Interested in U.S. House Race, Goettle Says He’s Not Making Any Decisions

Earlier today I wrote a post speculating about what the U.S. House race might look like here in North Dakota now that incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer is (all but) officially in the Senate race. For Republicans, sate Senator Tom Campbell, who had been campaigning for the U.S. Senate nomination, is on the record saying he’ll

State Senator Tom Campbell appears in a television ad for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Now That Cramer’s in the Senate Race, What Happens in the House Race?

Congressman Kevin Cramer is running for the United States Senate. That’s not official official yet, but c’mon. Dude has a Facebook event for a Senate campaign announcement. It’s a done deal. He’s in the race, and the nomination is basically his. State Senator Tom Campbell, who launched his Senate campaign back in August, has been on

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