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U.S. House candidates Democrat Mac Schneider, left, and Republican Kelly Armstrong debate on Saturday, May 5, 2018, during the North Dakota Newspaper Association's annual convention at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.D David Samson / Forum News Service

Roll Call: Armstrong Likely to Win North Dakota House Seat, Heitkamp at Risk in Senate Race

Roll Call: Armstrong Likely to Win North Dakota House Seat, Heitkamp at Risk in Senate Race

According to some prognostication by Roll Call – a Washington D.C.-based publication focusing on politics and Congress – Republicans are set to have a pretty good year here in North Dakota. First, they’re saying state Senator Kelly Armstrong – a candidate for the U.S. House seat currently held by Senate candidate Kevin Cramer – is likely

Podcast: Responding to McFeely, Special Assessments, North Dakota Secession

I took some time on the radio show today to respond to criticism Mike McFeely has thrown at me for writing too often, and too critically, of his preferred candidate for the U.S Senate. I also spoke to Fargo City commission candidate Tim Flakoll about his plan for special assessments. Current Commissioner Tony Gehrig, who

Mary Wakefield, who served in the Obama administration as acting United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, cheers on Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at Saturday's Democratic convention. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Notice the Criticism Is Not Based on What I’m Writing About Heidi Heitkamp, but That I’m Writing It at All

The interesting thing about this column from my colleague Mike McFeely, which criticizes me for writing consistently about North Dakota’s Senate race (which will be, I promise you, the biggest story of the year in our state), is not once does it criticize anything I’ve written about Senator Heidi Heitkamp. McFeely floats the idea that

Harold Hamm, center, and Kevin Cramer, left, visit during a fundraiser for Cramer in Bismarck in 2012. To their right is Tony La Russa, a friend of Hamm's and three-time World Series champion manager. Amy Dalrymple / The Forum

Democrats Have a Point About Kevin Cramer and Harold Hamm

North Dakota Democrats are slamming Congressman Kevin Cramer today after he said in an interview with WDAY Television that what tipped the scales on his decision to challenge Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate race was oil billionaire Harold Hamm asking him to run. (Full disclosure, I work for WDAY’s parent company Forum

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig stands along Broadway on Wednesday, May 2, in a neighborhood that had large special assessments to pay for street reconstruction. He's put forth a plan to eliminate special assessments by the city. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Tony Gehrig: The Dirty Little Secrets of Special Assessments

This guest post was submitted by Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig Special assessments or “specials” have been around for a long time in Fargo. So long that people have come to accept them as an unchangeable reality. Despite being around since well before I was born, there are still some dirty little secrets that you

President Donald Trump while delivering an address about tax reform in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Sept. 27, 2017. Trump on Wednesday began a full-throttle push to slash taxes, proposing a politically challenging array of tax cuts for individuals and businesses that would constitute the most sweeping changes to the federal tax code in decades. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Print Column: Making America Feel Great Again

MINOT, N.D. — Recently while interviewing Kelly Armstrong, a state Senator from Dickinson and a Republican candidate for North Dakota’s U.S. House seat, he told me that he doesn’t believe a “blue wave” is coming to North Dakota. That’s a term some commentators have used to describe the likelihood of Democratic gains this election year.

Podcast: Cramer Says Rank-and-File North Dakota Democrats Are “Suffering Because of the Extremism” of Their Party

Congressman Kevin Cramer joined me on the radio show today for his weekly open phones segment. Democrats have been making a stink about a recent interview in which Cramer said the decisive factor which led him to run for the U.S. Senate was oil industry tycoon Harold Hamm pledging to fund raise for him. I

U.S. House candidates Democrat Mac Schneider, left, and Republican Kelly Armstrong debate on Saturday, May 5, 2018, during the North Dakota Newspaper Association's annual convention at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. David Samson / Forum News Service

Podcast: Democratic House Candidate Mac Schneider Declines to Say if He’d Have Voted for Obamacare

We talked about his recent debate with Republican opponent Kelly Armstrong and the impression many observers got (notably myself and columnist Mike Jacobs) that the two candidates didn’t really do much to contrast themselves. Schneider says he disagrees with Armstrong in several areas mentioning the expansion of corporate farming, Trump’s trade tariffs, and the state’s

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

In Defense of North Dakota’s Income Tax Cuts

North Dakota Democrats have decided to campaign against the income tax cuts our Republican-dominated Legislature implemented in successive sessions from 2009 onward. The individual income tax rate went from a 1.84 – 4.86 percent range to its current 1.10 – 2.90 percent. The argument from Democrats, now echoed in a recent editorial in the Grand

Jon Godfread during his 2016 campaign Insurance Commissioner.

Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Continues to “Destabilize” North Dakota’s Insurance Markets

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced today that his office would be doing some research into reforms for the state’s insurance markets. “As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to destabilize North Dakota’s individual health insurance market and federal health care reform efforts continue to face significant challenges, the Department is studying various state

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