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An aerial view of the main protest camp Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County N.D. This view shows the camp's main entrance road at left with cluster of tents in lower center being the camp headquarters. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

State of North Dakota Buying Hotel Rooms and Bus Tickets Home for #NoDAPL Protesters

State of North Dakota Buying Hotel Rooms and Bus Tickets Home for #NoDAPL Protesters

“The North Dakota Department of Human Services, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and the North Dakota Department of Health have partnered to set up a travel assistance center,” a press release from the state Joint Information Center states. It’s a pretty generous package of assistance. “The transportation assistance center will offer personal kits, water

The Oceti Sakowin protest camp. Photo taken February 19, 2017. Governor Doug Burgum's Office

The Feds No-Show Again as North Dakota Cops Get Hazmat Training Before Squaring Off With #NoDAPL

The deadline for the #NoDAPL trespass camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land to be cleared out is tomorrow. If it’s not empty it looks as though North Dakota’s law enforcement will be going it alone again to make arrests. Last year, during the most violent parts of the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota

Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) carries shared parenting legislation on the House floor.

Video: North Dakota House Passes Shared Parenting Bill

The shared parenting issue is a familiar one for North Dakotans. Some version of the issue is in a bill before the legislature nearly every session, it seems, and it’s appeared more than once by way of initiated measure as well. The supporters of the issue haven’t had a lot of success, but today in

Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R-Hillsboro) speak sin favor of a bill requiring that all legislation considered have a legislator as a sponsor.

Video: House Votes to Block Executive Branch From Introducing Legislation

HB1397 touches on a couple of the peculiarities to the North Dakota legislative process. The first is the tradition that every bill introduced in a given Legislative session gets a committee hearing and a floor vote. The second is that North Dakota is the only state in the union where the executive branch can introduce

Rep. Pat Heinert, who is also sheriff of Burleigh County, speaks against legislation restricting the use of civil asset forfeiture by law enforcement.

Video: House Votes to Restrict Civil Asset Forfeiture Despite Opposition From Law Enforcement

For those of you who don’t know what civil asset forfeiture, it’s essentially a process whereby law enforcement can take property – money, cars, houses, etc. – they feel was used in a crime and keep it regardless of whether or not you’re actually convicted or even charged with anything. Law enforcement literally gets to

Rep. Rick Becker (R-Minot) speaks in favor of his bill to close a loophole in current law allowing law enforcement drones to carry non-lethal weapons.

Video: House Votes to Allow Non-Lethal Weapons on Drones After Heated Debate

Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck) has introduced bills to regulate law enforcement’s use of drones in our state for each of the last three legislative sessions. In the 2013 session a comprehensive bill he introduced to require a warrant for drone surveillance and to prohibit the use of weapons on drones failed. In 2015 a bill

U.S. President Donald Trump walks through the Colonnade to the Oval Office after returning to the White House in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

What If, Like That Sinbad Movie You Thought You Saw in the 90’s, Trump’s Comments About Swedish Attack Don’t Exist?

My focus is very much on North Dakota news these days, what with our Legislature in session and all, so I haven’t been spending a lot of time reading past the headlines when it comes to national news stories. Like many of you I got the impression from those headlines  that President Donald Trump had

The End of BreatheND Is Nigh

The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control – you know then as “BreatheND” – isn’t a public health initiative. It’s an employment program for anti-tobacco activists who enjoy some of the biggest salaries in state government for their job categories. The Center was created by voters on the 2008 ballot, but lawmakers have wanted to get

Rep. Mary Schneider, a Democrat from Fargo, reads prepared insults aimed at Rep. Chris Olson, the sponsor of legislation aimed at studying refugee resettlement.

Video: House Democrat Insults Sponsor of Refugee Study “Born in Prejudice and Suspicion”

Earlier this month a bill which would have required more data collection on the social and fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement in our state, and allowed for the state and its political subdivisions to pause resettlement if deemed necessary, was turned into a study after hours of emotional testimony in committee. But even though the


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