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The Fargo Municipal Court opened in 2010 at at 402 NP Ave., the former site of the Greyhound Bus terminal. Heidi Shaffer/The Forum

Legislature Should Say ‘no’ to Money-Grubbing Municipal Courts

Legislature Should Say ‘no’ to Money-Grubbing Municipal Courts

Did you know that most municipal court judges in North Dakota don’t even have law degrees? Continue reading…

North Dakota Republican Rep. Jeff Delzer chairs a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee at the state Capitol on March 14, 2019. Forum News Service file photo

Lawmakers Tacitly Admit That Supreme Court Got District 8 Ruling Wrong

House Bill 1461 was introduced by House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, the bosses of the Republican legislative caucus and two of the loudest voices backing Delzer’s not-at-all democratic return to their chambers. What does the bill do? It writes the statute the Legislature claimed, in their legal

Handguns are seen Friday, Jan. 15, at Pawn Pros, 1411 University Dr. S., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Legislature Should Absolutely Overturn Fargo’s (Already Illegal) Restrictions on Gun Sales

MINOT, N.D. — Some of Fargo’s city leaders need to be reminded that their community is not some autonomous city-state. Fargo is, in fact, a political subdivision of the State of North Dakota. I’m writing in the context of the debate over a Fargo ordinance outlawing transactions for firearms in private homes. We aren’t talking

A protester pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Highway 1806 on Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline were attempting to keep law enforcement officers from pushing them off the road and out of their camp. Forum file photo

Let’s See Violent Pipeline Protesters the Same Way We See Violent Trump Supporters

The problem is not opposing pipelines and oil production, or believing the 2020 election was somehow stolen from Trump, though I, and I suspect many of you, find both positions to be equivalently wrong-headed. The problem is people who have concluded that their cause is so righteous they are justified in scaring and even hurting

The sign for the North Dakota Republican Party headquarters sits along East Boulevard Avenue near the state Capitol in Bismarck. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Conservatives Need to Get Out of the Ghetto

No longer feeling welcomed by Hollywood, or our nation’s campuses, or even the national news media, conservatives went and carved out their own space. In some ways, that’s healthy, a perfectly natural reaction to the sort of institutional gatekeeping that was locking conservatives out. It’s also had a curdling effect on the movement. Continue reading…

Mark Western: If I Were Mike Pence

This guest post was submitted by Fargo attorney Mark Western We are at the sunset of the Trump/Pence presidential term.  Barring something unforeseen, Donald Trump will remain president until noon on January 20. Prior to getting booted from Twitter, the President made clear his intention not to attend the Inauguration ceremonies, as a final, shattered Presidential norm. 

MINOT, N.D. — There is a movement afoot in the Legislature to, by way of various bills, to end Gov. Doug Burgum's current emergency order, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and to diminish the emergency powers of the governor's office going forward. Bastiat Caucus founder and anti-masking zealot Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck) is leading the charge with proposals ranging from a relatively sane resolution terminating Burgum's current emergency declaration to a bill which create, in law, a moratorium on paying the state's top public officials -- including heads of agencies like the Department of Health and Department of Emergency Services -- if any policy like a curfew or capacity restrictions are implemented on businesses. Could these efforts be successful? I'm doubtful. Becker is an expert at drawing the spotlight to himself, but then car wrecks draw crowds too. His political clout has never been what he'd like you to believe it is. That said, we live in strange political times, and for reasons as confounding as those that drove a violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol last week, the masking issue has become a political flashpoint in our state and our country. Rhetorical bomb-throwers like Becker have been exploiting it. This brings us to Gov. Doug Burgum's announcement today that he'll be letting North Dakota's mask mandate expire at 8 a.m. Monday.

Mask Mandate Expiration Is Burgum Protecting Emergency Powers

MINOT, N.D. — There is a movement afoot in the Legislature to, by way of various bills, to end Gov. Doug Burgum’s current emergency order, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and to diminish the emergency powers of the governor’s office going forward. Bastiat Caucus founder and anti-masking zealot Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck) is leading the charge with proposals ranging from

The Rev. Jason Lefor distributes the Holy Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the body of Christ, to a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pisek, N.D., on Sunday, Dec. 6, the Feast of St. Nicholas. Many services are seeing reduced numbers of worshippers (Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald)

Catholics Fighting Bill Requiring Priests Report Child Abuse

I cannot imagine a scenario in which any decent human being would, in any circumstance, want to withhold from the appropriate authorities evidence of a child being harmed. Doing so only prolongs the injury or exploitation taking place. Yet the Catholics are out to fight the bill. They’re concerned about priests being required to report

Congressman Armstrong speaking of the unique community within and surrounding Dickinson that helps one another during and after the Oil Boom. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Hoeven, Cramer, Armstrong Are Wrong to Oppose Trump’s Impeachment and Removal From Office

MINOT, N.D. — Congressman Kelly Armstrong has already voted against impeachment in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his floor speech, Armstrong referred to, but did not articulate, “serious constitutional questions about these articles.” In previous statements about impeachment, Armstrong has argued that impeaching disgraced President Donald Trump a second time is too “divisive” for a nation that needs

State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, set up a table and asked citizens to challenge his argument against North Dakota mask mandate (Photo by Jeremy Turley via Twitter)

Bill Would Deny Public Officials Their Pay if Businesses Restrictions Are in Place

Rep. Rick Becker’s bill, had it been in place over the last year, would mean that every statewide elected official, not to mention nonelected people who head agencies like the Department of Health and the Department of Transportation, would have been expected to work without pay. Or they could resign, I guess, though who would