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North Dakota Voters First organizers and volunteers stand outside the state Capitol Monday, July 6, before delivering their petitions to the Secretary of State's Office. (Adam Willis / The Forum)

‘I Can’t Believe I Signed That Thing’

‘I Can’t Believe I Signed That Thing’

MINOT, N.D. — Since a proposed constitutional amendment — financed by left-wing groups based in other states and aimed at changing our elections to the point of being almost unrecognizable — was approved for the statewide ballot this week, my inbox and social media feeds have been full of people expressing regret. “I can’t believe

Travisia Martin of Bismarck is running for North Dakota insurance commissioner. Submitted photo

Court Finds Democratic Candidate Does Not Meet the Requirements to Hold Insurance Commissioner Office

MINOT, N.D. — In an opinion written by District Court Judge Thomas Schneider, North Dakota’s courts have held that Travisia Martin, the candidate for Insurance Commissioner endorsed by the Democratic-NPL, has not been a resident of the state for the previous five years. Back in May, I reported that Martin had voted in Nevada in

President Donald Trump points to supporters as he leaves Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

It Would Be Nice if Someone Sane Could Run for President

MINOT, N.D. — President Donald Trump wants to “terminate the payroll tax” permanently. This is not a sane proposal. Our federal tax code is byzantine, and I don’t blame you if you’re not exactly certain what the term “payroll tax” means for you. If you get a paycheck, you and your employer are each paying 6.2% of

North Dakota Voters First organizers haul nearly 37,000 signatures into the state Capitol Monday, July 6, for review by the Secretary of State's Office. (Adam Willis / The Forum)

Group Sues to Keep Measure 3, Making Sweeping Changes to State Election Law, Off ND’s Ballot

MINOT, N.D. — An organization calling itself North Dakota Voters First, which is a front for left-wing groups based in other states, has successfully placed a constitutional amendment making sweeping changes to North Dakota’s election laws on the November ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office announced the news earlier this week. If passed, the measure would

Former Vice President Joe Biden shows his support for Senator Heidi Heitkamp's re-election campaign at the Dem-NPL state convention in Grand Forks in March of 2018. (Forum News Service)

Kamala Harris Is the Poster Child for Shallow Racial Politics

MINOT, N.D. — Back in 2016, as then-candidate Donald Trump was storming his way down the campaign trail to the White House, I argued that his ability to survive the offensive things he was, and is, prone to saying was because we have become inured to accusations of racism. We toss them around like confetti. The


We Don’t Need to Die on Every Hill

MINOT, N.D. — It wasn’t a tweet I thought would be all that controversial. In Illinois, a local school district told parents that students would not be allowed to wear pajamas during at-home, online instruction. Some parents don’t like the rule. “The parents should get over it,” I wrote on Twitter. “Get your kids up, get

Heitkamp’s Use of Leftover Campaign Money to Fund a Super PAC Is Pretty Sketchy, but the FEC Is Incapable of Doing Anything About It

MINOT, N.D. — According to Heidi Heitkamp’s now-defunct Senate campaign’s most recent filing with the FEC, the one-time senator is still sitting on a more than $3.6 million fortune. That’s down nearly $1 million from the last report in January. It’s not unusual for political candidates to have money left over after a losing campaign. In

North Dakota rated as the least restrictive state in the nation in the category of requiring people to wear face masks in public.

Let’s #MaskUpND for the Sake of Freedom

MINOT, N.D. — I wish there was a way to pierce the cloud of smug around the tin-pot tyrants demanding hardliner mask policies and show them just how counterproductive that approach is. They shout at the clouds about mask mandates with “teeth” in them, forgetting about the proud American tradition of giving a raised middle

A Forum file photo of the Sturgis rally in 2016

The Sturgis Rally Is This Week; What Happens if There’s No Coronavirus Outbreak?

MINOT, N.D. — The legendary motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., is taking place this week. It’s been on-going since Friday, Aug. 7, and will conclude on Sunday. Not surprisingly, the decision to hold the rally amid the coronavirus pandemic has earned the event a lot of negative publicity. “Despite Virus, Thousands Converge on Sturgis for

North Dakota Land Commissioner Jodi Smith listens during a Land Board meeting in March 2019. Forum News Service file photo

Is Big Oil Refusing to Pay? or Are They Being Scapegoated for the State’s Laxity?

MINOT, N.D. — Imagine that one day you got a letter in the mail from your local government informing you that, due to a decades-long error in the way your property taxes were calculated, you now have an enormous bill for back payments. What’s more, you have 90 days to pay up, or else severe