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North Dakota State University students line up to take pictures with the masked bison statue on campus during orientation day on Friday, Aug. 21, in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Will the Election Cure Coronavirus?

Will the Election Cure Coronavirus?

MINOT, N.D. — Every day, we hear it. The incessant drumbeat about the coronavirus. New cases. New deaths. New food fights over what we ought to do and what we ought to stop doing. Do you wonder if the tone of all this will change after the election? Continue reading…

Dave Andahl. Special to The Forum

Port: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Rules That Deceased Candidate Is Somehow Still Eligible for Office

MINOT, N.D. — District 8 has become a political battleground this election season. That was true even before Republican state House candidate Dave Andahl died, tragically, as a Republican faction backed by Governor Doug Burgum and his personal wealth took on sitting Republican incumbent Rep. Jeff Delzer. Andahl and his running mate Dave Nehring defeated

Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler and Underwood Superintendent of Schools Brandt Dick.

Plain Talk: Brandt Dick, Challenger for Superintendent, Says North Dakota ‘Going the Wrong Way’ on Test Scores

This episode of Plain Talk was intended to be a conversation with North Dakota’s candidates for superintendent. Sadly, the incumbent, Kirsten Baesler, opted not to participate, claiming she didn’t have enough time to make it work, though she did offer me a one-on-one interview later in the week. Go figure. The challenger, Brandt Dick, did

Kevin Cramer speaks alongside President Donald Trump on June 27 at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Trump came to the city twice to campaign for Cramer, who unseated incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November. Forum file photo

Trumpian Obstinance, Backed by Republicans Like Sen. Cramer, Is Making Conservatives Look Silly

MINOT, N.D. — Perhaps Donald Trump’s greatest contribution to the Republican Party’s legacy will be a shift, prompted by his rise to the presidency, from a conservatism defined by a platform of ideas that annoy liberals to simply annoying liberals. With the budget deficit now measured in the trillions, and the bulk of his policies

This flyer, mailed to North Dakotans by the Dakota Leadership PAC, asks voters to oppose a constitutional amendment that would expand the size of the State Board of Higher Education and increase the length of its terms. The DLP is mostly funded by personal donations from Governor Doug Burgum (Photo by Rob Port)

Burgum-Funded Political Committee Refuses to Answer Questions About Measure 1 Opposition

MINOT, N.D. — There has been much whinging from the Bastiat wing of the North Dakota Republican Party about the political spending of Gov. Doug Burgum this election cycle. He used a political committee, funded mostly with his own money and staffed with his people, to back a slate of candidates in the primaries, many of

Some North Dakota State players kneel during the National Anthem before the football game with Central Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Stop Caring So Much

MINOT, N.D. — Members of the North Dakota State University Bison football team took a knee during the national anthem, recently, a provocative political gesture intended to show solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement, which has resulted in violent demonstrations across the country. Some of the players also wore

North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer speaks on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, during the The Chamber's Eggs and Issues event at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum

ND Has Done Michelle Kommer an Injustice and I’m Not Sure It Can Be Entirely Fixed

MINOT, N.D. — Up until just recently, Michelle Kommer was a member of Gov. Doug Burgum’s cabinet. She was the head of the Commerce Department, specifically, a job she has told me she wasn’t sure she wanted in the first place. She’s had success in the private sector and was a little intimidated at the

Dave Andahl. Special to The Forum

Overlooked Provision in State Constitution May Give Democrats a Rare Legislative Win in Western North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. — This week we learned that Dave Andahl died. He was a candidate for the state House in District 8, which has been a battleground for some fierce internecine politics in the NDGOP. Andahl was one of the candidates backed by Gov. Doug Burgum to take out longtime Republican incumbent Jeff Delzer. Delzer and Burgum

North Dakota state Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican from the Bismarck area, is seen here dressed as "god" in a Facebook video he made to explain his opposition to refugee resettlement in Burleigh County.

We’re About to Find Out How Much Juice Rick Becker and His Political Movement Really Has

MINOT, N.D. — The Bastiat Caucus, founded by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), started in 2013 as a faction of lawmakers inspired by the free market ideas of French Liberal School economist and writer Frederic Bastiat. What it has become is something less aspirational and, depending on your point of view, inspirational. At times it can