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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks with the Grand Forks Herald's editorial board. Sitting next to her is Abigail McDonough, her communications director. (Herald photo/Sam Easter)

At Risk of Losing Re-Election, Senator Heidi Heitkamp Avoids Criticizing President Trump

At Risk of Losing Re-Election, Senator Heidi Heitkamp Avoids Criticizing President Trump

North Dakota Democrats, judging from their social media messaging (both official and unofficial), are not ambiguous when it comes to their feelings about President Donald Trump. But when Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat to win an election on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008, was asked by the Grand Forks Herald to grade Trump she

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, looks at the tally board on Tuesday during the 83-9 House vote on HB1169, a change to the North Dakota constitution allowing the carrying of a concealed firearm. Becker was a co-sponsor of the bill. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Constitutional Carry Legislation Had Strong Bipartisan Support

There has been an angry response from some factions of North Dakota politics over Governor Doug Burgum signing into law HB1169, sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), which institutes so-called “constitutional carry” in our state. One trope I’ve been seeing on social media is about how this is just another example of our state’s crazy

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures after arriving for jury duty at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

“A Sane Person to an Insane Society Must Appear Insane”

With President Barack Obama we had a relentlessly ideological national leader. His every move was calculated to advance the progressive agenda. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, measures his success much differently. He’s not terribly ideological. Rather, he’s focused on getting things done. I’m not exactly breaking new ground with that observation, but it’s

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Dave Wallis / The Forum

North Dakota Will Get Constitutional Carry as Governor Burgum Announces His Approval

Earlier this week the state Senate passed a House bill allowing for North Dakota citizens with one year of residency to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The bill went to Governor Doug Burgum’s office and, despite his campaign last year where he touted strong support for gun rights, there was concern that he might

House Majority Leader Al Carlson speaks in favor of HCR3033, a resolution he introduced which would have amended the state constitution to allow a half dozen state regulated casinos.

Video: Casino Bill Goes Down in Flames, but Lawmakers Warn of Possible Initiated Measure

In a different context I think I would have liked to see HCR3033, a constitutional amendment introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) to allow a half-dozen private casinos in the state, go to a vote of the people. I don’t have any more compunctions about gambling. It’s a perfectly acceptable form of entertainment,

The former church in Nome, N.D., purchased by white supremacist Craig Cobb was on fire Wednesday, March 22. Special to The Forum

The Solution for Hatred Is Not More Hatred

One phenomena I’ve been thinking and writing about consistently over the last year or so is our society’s increasing acceptance of ill treatment for those we disagree with. Left wing activists thought it was ok to break windows because Donald Trump got elected. Environmental activists thought it was ok to set construction equipment on fire

Liz Lindquist, left, Julie Kamrowski and Gerri Davis form an assembly line as they get the meals prepared for delivery on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Grand Forks, N.D. Davis', the kitchen manager for fifteen years, day starts at 6am getting the meals started. Assembling, sealing and boxing up the meals for the drivers takes around a half hour for the number of routes they currently have. Jesse Trelstad/Forum News Service

The State of North Dakota Is Not Putting Meals on Wheels Funding “At Risk”

“Meals on Wheels funds at risk with ND bill and Trump budget,” reads a recent headline. That’s an unfortunate headline though it does make for a nice talking point for the state’s liberals, who have been crowing about this online and tying the situation to similarly exaggerated claims about President Donald Trump’s budget. .@NDHouseDemNPL is

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

Governor Dayton Says North Dakota Was “Just Trying to Pull Other States in” to #NoDAPL Protests

The feud between the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and Governor Mark Dayton keeps getting uglier. It started with the MSA sending Dayton a letter accusing him of making a political decision to ignore requests for assistance with the #NoPAL protests made by North Dakota officials through a state compact. Dayton then responded with his own letter

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