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Senator Heidi Heitkamp in 2014. File photo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

The North Dakota Democratic Party Is Too Far Left Even for Heidi Heitkamp

The North Dakota Democratic Party Is Too Far Left Even for Heidi Heitkamp

The 2016 election cycle is one in which North Dakota Democrats could have picked up some ground against the Republican super-majority which dominates elected office in this state. There’s just no question that Republicans bungled the budget, and Democrats could have turned that into some election day wins. The problem is, they can’t seem to

Democratic U.S.  presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  - TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

North Dakota Democrats Struggling to Raise Money for National Delegates

It’s not just Democratic candidates who are having a hard time attracting support this election cycle. According to posts in a closed Facebook group for Bismarck area liberals the party is also struggling to raise funds for its delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With the convention set to begin Monday, organizers have

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State officials take time to meet between legislative meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

How About Some Credit for North Dakota’s Legislature?

Recently Time magazine listed the North Dakota Legislature as reason number 86 to love America. The article doesn’t seem to be available online anywhere that I can find. Apparently publishing things in print exclusively is still a thing? Anyway, a friend took a picture of the article and sent it to me (I’m not a Time subscriber)

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Our Increasingly Orwellian Society

America is a fractured place these days, but the problem isn’t just ideology. Democratic societies have been divided along philosophical lines for about as long as there’s been democracy. So it goes. What’s troubling is our growing disdain for those who disagree with us and the bizarre ways in which that is manifesting itself. For

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The Republican Party Needs More Peter Thiel

I wrote about Trump’s speech nomination acceptance speech earlier today – I was impressed with his speech in terms of its political effectiveness, but I still think he’s a problematic candidate – but the real highlight of the RNC convention for me was Peter Thiel’s speech. You can watch it in full below. It’s short,

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, on Thursday night. REUTERS/Jim Young

For the First Time I Think Donald Trump Could Actually Win This Thing

I’m not a fan of Donald Trump. I think I’ve made that abundantly clear. I am a fan of Trump supporter Peter Thiel who addressed the RNC convention last night ahead of Trump’s acceptance of the party’s presidential nomination (more on that in a later post). But Trump? I still don’t get it. That said,

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Fargo state Sen. Tim Mathern, left, and Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider of Grand Forks, were among Democratic-NPL lawmakers who presented a plan to balance the state's budget shortfall at a news conference on Thursday, July 21, at Fargo's historic downtown Depot. Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

Read What North Dakota Democrats Are Proposing for the Upcoming Special Session

North Dakota Democrats today held a press conference to announce their alternative to the special session budgeting plan that Republicans, uh, haven’t announced yet. I haven’t had a chance to read this proposal thoroughly, and digest fully its implications, but I wanted to share the proposal with you readers immediately. You can read the actual

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The Fargo City Commission discussed and approved a $660,000 property tax exemption for FedEx on July 18, 2016.

Fargo and FedEx Are Between a Rock and a Hard Place on Property Tax Exemption

Earlier this week I wrote about the City of Fargo giving FedEx a $660,000 property tax exemption (here’s a summary) for a new facility they’re building at the airport there. The commission approved the exemption despite a representative for the company telling city commissioners that the company would build the facility without it. It seems

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North Dakota's current highway signs featuring the image of Native American leader Marcellus Red Thomahawk are being replaced by the North Dakota Department of Transportation with new signs featuring an outline of the state. Reader submitted photos

Red Tomahawk Descendants Aren’t Pleased With NDDOT Change to Highway Signs

Earlier this month I was the first to report that the North Dakota Department of Transportation had quietly begun to remove the image of Native American leader Marcellus Red Tomahawk from the state’s highway signs. Today in an Associated Press report a descendant of Red Thomahawk and a tribal historian express disappointment and frustration with the

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House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad speaks at the capitol in Bismarck as Senator Mac Schneider, right, looks on.

Democrats Offer “Responsible Alternative” to Special Session Bill They Haven’t Even Seen Yet

The Democrats have announced that they will be announcing a “reasonable alternative” to the Republican plan for the special session Governor Jack Dalrymple called next month. That would be a “reasonable alternative” to something the Republicans haven’t even made public yet. If you needed evidence that North Dakota’s thoroughly-marginalized and mostly irrelevant Democrats are interested

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