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State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, set up a table and asked citizens to challenge his argument against North Dakota mask mandate. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service, via Twitter)

The Bastiat Caucus Is an Embarrassment to the NDGOP

The Bastiat Caucus Is an Embarrassment to the NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — Last year, Bastiat Caucus founder, Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, in an indignant letter to the editor, claimed there are “30 dues-paying legislators in the Bastiat Caucus this biennium.” That’s a big number. If it’s true, it would mean that this rump caucus of Trump-aligned politicians, while representing only a minority of the NDGOP caucus,

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Save America Rally on the Ellipse on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, near the White House in Washington, D.C. Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS

Trump Must Still Be Convicted

The conviction would still matter. Many Trump apologists would have us believe that the impeachment and pending conviction vote are pointless now that Trump has left office. They’d like us to believe that these things are just exercises in the sort of petty partisan politics that have become rote in Washington, D.C. They are wrong.

An oil well pumps at sunrset in western North Dakota's Bakken Formation. Forum News Service file photo

Plain Talk: Lawmaker Wants to Use the Legacy Fund to Address North Dakota’s Legacy Problems

North Dakota’s Legacy Fund, since it was created by the Legislature and approved by voters in 2010, has turned a slice of the state’s oil tax revenues into a nearly $8 billion pot of money. That balance is invested in stocks and bonds across the nation, and the world, including in some ways that, as

Leading up to Election Day, photographer Dan Koeck visited town halls in rural townships throughout Minnesota, including Morken. Pictured here, a volunteer who grew up attending school in the same building fulfills his civic duty. Dan Koeck / Special to The Forum

The Electoral College Serves America Well

MINOT, N.D. — There are many undemocratic aspects of the American system of government. It was designed that way. These are not bugs, as a coder might say. They’re features. The Senate, for instance, is not a democratic institution. Senators weren’t even popularly elected until the 17th Amendment came along. It usually takes something more than a

Sheyenne, N.D., farmer Peter Larson carved the Biden-Harris logo in a soybean field to show support for the Democratic presidential ticket. Submitted photo

Biden Begins by Kicking Oil Country in the Teeth

Environmental activists may be cheering, but here in North Dakota, an epicenter of support for Trump in no small part because of the belligerence Democrats have shown toward the oil and gas industry, renewed hostility to pipelines means real harm for real people. Continue reading…

North Dakota Republican Rep. Jeff Delzer chairs a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee at the state Capitol on March 14, 2019. Forum News Service file photo

Lawmakers Tacitly Admit That Supreme Court Got District 8 Ruling Wrong

House Bill 1461 was introduced by House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, the bosses of the Republican legislative caucus and two of the loudest voices backing Delzer’s not-at-all democratic return to their chambers. What does the bill do? It writes the statute the Legislature claimed, in their legal

Handguns are seen Friday, Jan. 15, at Pawn Pros, 1411 University Dr. S., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Legislature Should Absolutely Overturn Fargo’s (Already Illegal) Restrictions on Gun Sales

MINOT, N.D. — Some of Fargo’s city leaders need to be reminded that their community is not some autonomous city-state. Fargo is, in fact, a political subdivision of the State of North Dakota. I’m writing in the context of the debate over a Fargo ordinance outlawing transactions for firearms in private homes. We aren’t talking

A protester pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Highway 1806 on Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline were attempting to keep law enforcement officers from pushing them off the road and out of their camp. Forum file photo

Let’s See Violent Pipeline Protesters the Same Way We See Violent Trump Supporters

The problem is not opposing pipelines and oil production, or believing the 2020 election was somehow stolen from Trump, though I, and I suspect many of you, find both positions to be equivalently wrong-headed. The problem is people who have concluded that their cause is so righteous they are justified in scaring and even hurting

The sign for the North Dakota Republican Party headquarters sits along East Boulevard Avenue near the state Capitol in Bismarck. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Conservatives Need to Get Out of the Ghetto

No longer feeling welcomed by Hollywood, or our nation’s campuses, or even the national news media, conservatives went and carved out their own space. In some ways, that’s healthy, a perfectly natural reaction to the sort of institutional gatekeeping that was locking conservatives out. It’s also had a curdling effect on the movement. Continue reading…