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Vice President Mike Pence looks at President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 31, 2017. Pence appears to be cementing his status as Trump’s heir apparent, promoting himself as the conduit between Republican donors and the administration. Eric Thayer/The New York Times copyright 2018

Vice President Mike Pence Expected Visit Fargo on March 27

Vice President Mike Pence Expected Visit Fargo on March 27

UPDATE: This post originally indicated that Pence would be the keynote speaker at the NDGOP convention in April. I misunderstood my source. Pence is visiting the state later this month to campaign for Kevin Cramer. The post has been edited to reflect that change. Rumors I’m hearing from credible sources say Vice President Mike Pence

UND President Mark Kennedy. Grand Forks Herald file photo.

William Brotherton: The University of North Dakota Deserves Better Than Mark Kennedy

This guest post was submitted by UND alumnus William Brotherton As a still proud graduate of the University of North Dakota, and the owner of 3 businesses, I’d like to have my say in whether Mark Kennedy continues as the lame-duck president of UND. Quite frankly, it’s time for him to leave. Most business owners

When Voters Say “No” Public Officials Should Listen

One of the most aggravating tactics local officials use against taxpayers is putting controversial spending proposals on the ballot over and over again. Case in point, last night the citizens of Devils Lake rejected a proposal to institute a half-cent sales tax for a massive 70,000 square foot, $19.5 million recreation center. This thing is so

A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Roger Sundahl: Who Is Paying for Your Lawsuit Marvin Nelson?

This guest post was submitted by Roger Sundahl of Bismarck. Sundahl graduated from UND in 1965 and served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army. My entire working career has been in the food ingredient industry, where I continue to work a self employed industrial food ingredient broker. He has been married to a member of the Wilkinson

Tom Campbell announces his candidacy for the U.S. House during a U.S. Senate campaign rally for N.D. Rep. Kevin Cramer on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Ramada in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Whoops: House Candidate Tom Campbell’s Campaign Still Sending Out Mailers for the U.S. Senate Race

State Senator Tom Campbell has spent a lot of his own money on what was first a campaign for the U.S. Senate and then, once Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his Senate campaign, a campaign for the U.S. House. The last public disclosure of campaign finances shows that Campbell given his own campaign, through the

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks at a 2015 rally for Hillary Clinton in Washington D.C.

Heidi Heitkamp’s Presidential Candidate Thinks North Dakotans Are Backward

Back in 2015, at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Washington D.C., North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp endorsed Hillary Clinton for president alongside a dozen other female Democrat members of the Senate. You can watch CSPAN’s video of the event here. But Heitkamp was a Clinton backer long before then.  She signed a letter urging Hillary Clinton to

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp talks about the prospect of temporarily housing refugee children at the Grand Forks Air Force Base during a recent visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. p hoto by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

We Cannot Allow Senator Heitkamp to Deny Americans Gun Rights by Putting Them on a Secret Government List

In a letter to the editor today someone claiming to be an attorney (who appears to be using the name of a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice as a nom de plume) suggests my objection to using the federal no-fly list to deny people their gun rights is driven by partisanship. “Sen. Heidi Heitkamp wants

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on 7-11-2016 for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Ballot Measures Should Have to Be Introduced in the Legislature First

Legislating at the ballot box is a terrible way to make public policy. On election day we already ask voters to make informed choices on a myriad of candidates from the federal races down to hyper local races for court and soil conservation officials. Is it fair to also ask them to vote on complicated

Former state Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider announced his bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in Grand Forks on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Sam Easter / Forum News Service

North Dakotans Have a Choice Between Democrats Who Say They’ll Govern Like Republicans and Actual Republicans

Over the weekend the Associated Press had an interesting article about the crop of Democratic U.S. House candidates – former state lawmakers Mac Schneider and Ben Hanson, alongside current state Senator John Grabinger – who have emerged since incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer announced his candidacy for the Senate. “North Dakota’s Democratic U.S. House hopefuls are

House Majority leader Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo), left, and Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot) both questioned the numbers in 2015 state budget revenue projections. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune file photo

Outspoken Minot Lawmaker Decides Against Running for Another Term

State Rep. Roscoe Streyle, who was first elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 2010, has shared with me that he’s not seeking a third term. “Been a tough day, but I’m making the best decision for myself and my family, it’s really that simple,” he told me this morning. He’s circulating the