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George Kent, center, and William Taylor, right, appear for a House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearing in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13, 2019. Washington Post photo by Matt McClain

Guest Post: Impeachment Hearing Gave Little Reason for Anyone to Change Their Minds

Guest Post: Impeachment Hearing Gave Little Reason for Anyone to Change Their Minds

This guest post was submitted by Fargo-based attorney Mark Western I spent some time yesterday watching the impeachment hearings conducted by the United States House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.  As a practicing attorney (and an avid political watcher), I have been watching, with some interest and some confusion, about the points that the various members

House Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Carrington)

Left Wing Protesters Disrupt Legislative Meeting Over Legacy Fund, Tell Majority Leader to F**K Himself

Lawmakers are in Fargo again today holding public hearings soliciting ideas for the $6.8-billion-and-counting in the state’s Legacy Fund. I wrote about yesterday’s iteration of this hearing earlier today, but sources on the scene tell me today’s continuation of the hearing has been disrupted by left-wing protesters. Here’s a brief (and not very high quality,

Tim Purdon, an attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, asks economic consultant Jeff Makholm questions about the need for expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline at a hearing in Linton, N.D. on Nov. 13, 2019. Makholm is a witness for pipeline operator Energy Transfer. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Hey Standing Rock, Was Yosemite Sam Busy?

I’m watching the North Dakota Public Service Commission’s hearing on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline today ( it’s on-going, you can live stream it here, I’m not sure if or when an archive will be available). The proceedings are mostly unfolding as you’d expect. A sober, if at times pointed, discussion of

Charley Johnson, president of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, makes the case for Legacy Fund support of a destination development grant fund before the North Dakota Legislature's Legacy Fund Earnings Committee, which met Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center at North Dakota State University. Patrick Springer / The Forum

The Legacy Fund Should Be About Legacy, Not the Spending Needs of the Moment

Earlier this year, I wrote a print column headlined, “We’re Going to Do Something Stupid With the Legacy Fund.” Yesterday the Legislature’s Legacy Fund Earnings Committee held a hearing in Fargo and the various special interests who pitched ideas for spending now-$6.8 billion fund, and I’m more convinced than ever that I’m going to be right. The

Print Column: Let’s Hope the Anti-Pipeline Activists Don’t Set Any Fires This Time

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission will be holding a hearing in Emmons County this week concerning a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The capacity would roughly double to more than 1 million barrels per day. There is a large turnout expected from both supporters and critics of the pipeline. What many North

Let’s Not Make It Harder for Our Canadian Friends to Visit North Dakota

Last week Governor Doug Burgum sent a letter (see below) to U.S. Customs and Border Protection urging them not to limit the hours of three ports of entry along North Dakota’s border with Canada (map). The hours of operation for the U.S. side of the crossings at Antler, Carbury, and Maida are 9am to 10pm.

Print Column: National News Outlets Squander the Public’s Trust and Local Journalists Suffer for It

MINOT, N.D. — This year the Columbia Journalism Review released the results of a national survey finding “the press” was the least trusted institution they asked about. They also asked respondents about Congress. You have to work at being trusted less than Congress. That term, though. “The press.” What does it mean? More on that in a

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak explains a point at a commission meeting Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Bismarck Tribune

Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Expected to Bring in at Least $33 Million Per Year in Tax Revenues

Next week you’ll be hearing a lot about the Dakota Access Pipeline. As I mentioned in a post yesterday, the North Dakota Public Service Commission is putting on a meeting on Wednesday at the Emmons County Courthouse to hear public comment about a proposed expansion to the line. The line can carry about 500,000 barrels

Anti-pipeline protesters use vehicles ans fire to block a highway during the 2016 demonstrations opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline Forum News Service Photo

As Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Heats up Again Poll Says Nearly 70 Percent of North Dakotans Support Expansion

On Wednesday next week, North Dakota’s Public Service Commission will be holding a public hearing at the Emmons County Courthouse in Linton to allow comment on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Currently, the line has the capacity for about 500,000 barrels per day. The expansion would take that into the neighborhood of