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If Bastiat Leader Rick Becker Wants to Be a TV Host He Should Resign His Elected Office

If Bastiat Leader Rick Becker Wants to Be a TV Host He Should Resign His Elected Office

MINOT, N.D. — Last year, former Rep. Matt Eidson, a Democrat from Grand Forks, took summer internships working for the Grand Forks Herald and Prairie Public. I was critical, arguing that you can’t be a member of the news media and an elected official at the same time. The objectives of those two jobs are

Heidi Heitkamp, a former U.S. senator for North Dakota, speaks Thursday, Oct. 29, at Koester Farms in Glyndon, Minn. (Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum)

Heitkamp May Just Be the Wrong Color Woman

MINOT, N.D. — Heidi Heitkamp is a finalist to be Joe Biden’s Secretary of Agriculture. I say this as someone who has a dim view of Heitkamp’s politics and leadership qualities, generally, but she’s probably about the best North Dakotans and conservatives could hope for when it comes to the people Biden could choose to

Motorcycles and people crowd Main Street during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, on August 7, 2020. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images/TNS

Sturgis Pandemic Coverage Has Been a Black Eye for the Media

MINOT, N.D. — It has been a struggle to get Americans to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. You don’t need me to tell you that resistance to guidelines like masking and social distancing has been rampant. There are many reasons for this, but a big one is the shamefully sensationalistic way the pandemic has been

The statue of Henrik Wergeland is seen June 26 in Island Park, Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)

Ideas Need to Matter More Than Identity

MINOT, N.D. — Recently, the folks at Minot State University invited me to take part in another of their Campus and Community Dialogues. This is the second time I’ve been invited — the first event focused on the role of humanities on the modern campus — and each time the discussion was as illuminating as

State Rep. Rick Becker speaks to a crowd at the Astoria Hotel and Event Center in Dickinson on Saturday. (Press Photo by Dustin Monke)

Controversial Bastiat Caucus Refuses to Divulge Which Elected Leaders Are Members

There are four identified on the group’s website — Rep. Dan Ruby (R-Minot), Rep. Tom Kading (R-Fargo), Larsen, and Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) are all named as leaders — and with Becker, that makes five confirmed members. Who are the other 25? We can make some good guesses based on various lawmakers’ public statements, but there’s nothing official

Among the many flags and banners held by the defenders, many were in support of President Donald Trump. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

Give It Up, Republicans. Trump Lost

MINOT, N.D. — It’s hard to lose. It’s hard to be lectured about losing gracefully by people who did anything but in 2016, when it was clear that Donald Trump had won the election and the Democrats were already plotting ways to derail his administration, up to and including impeachment. Many of them the same

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LIVE: Watch the Panel Discussion ‘Statues of Dead White Men: Do They Matter?’ at 7 P.m. Tonight

MINOT — Watch a livestream of tonight’s Minot State University panel discussion “Statues of Dead White Men: Do They Matter?” right here at 7 p.m. Forum News Service columnist Rob Port is among the panelists. MSU History Professor Bethany Andreasen and State Historical Society of North Dakota Director Bill Peterson will also take part. You