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North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announces his campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination for North Dakota Tax Commissioner office on Wednesday, Feb.5, 2014, at the Fargo Holiday Inn. David Samson / The Forum

Podcast: ND Tax Commissioner Says Trump Tax Plan Could Impact State Revenues

Podcast: ND Tax Commissioner Says Trump Tax Plan Could Impact State Revenues

North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says he generally likes what he’s hearing so far when it comes to the tax reforms President Donald Trump is pursuing. “I’m supporting the effort maybe even more so than a lot of the legislation,” he told me during an interview on my radio show yesterday (info on live

A worker removes red paint from the hand of a Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park in New York, Sept. 12, 2017. The 1892 bronze statue was found covered with graffiti, its hands painted red. Statues of the 15th-century explorer have come under scrutiny amid a larger debate about monuments to controversial historical figures. (Dave Sanders/The New York Times Copyright 2017)

The Roots of Anti-Columbus Day Activism May Surprise You

I’ll admit that I don’t care much about Columbus Day. I think the explorer himself is a fascinating historical figure, and his accomplishments (along with their ramifications both good and bad) worthy of study, but a federal holiday? Do you think any of the workers off today are spending their time boning up on Columbian

Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 12, 2017. File photo. Tom Brenner/The New York Times, Copyright 2017 The New York Times.

Who Cares if Vice President Pence’s Walkout Was a Stunt?

On Sunday Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a 49’ers/Colts football game after several of the former team took a knee during the national anthem. Pence left right after the anthem was completed, and posted this to Twitter: I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects

Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Senator Heitkamp Played Politics and Ended up Giving Obama a Big Win for His Environmental Legacy

How has Senator Heidi Heitkamp managed to be the only Democrat elected on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008? She invests a lot of time and energy posturing herself as a moderate who frequently dissents against the liberal orthodoxy of her fellow Democrats. A the policy area where she most often does this is energy,

Senator Heidi Heitkamp speaks on the Senate floor in favor of Savanna's Act, which is legislation she named after Fargo murder victim Savanna La-Fountaine-Greywind.

Native American Males Matter Too, Senator Heitkamp

With the 2018 election cycle already in full swing it is perhaps not surprising that Senator Heidi Heitkamp is grandstanding on legislation she has named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a Fargo resident and Spirit Lake Sioux tribal member who was abducted and murdered earlier this year. I’m not necessarily arguing against the efficacy of the policy

Rick Berg celebrates as he and his family are followed by supporters during a rally after his speech to delegates of the North Dakota state GOP convention in 2012. Eric Hylden / Forum Communications Co.

Berg Says He Wasn’t Prepared in 2012 for Heitkamp’s Personal Attacks

Former Congressman Rick Berg has been in the news this election cycle as he’s pondering running for the U.S. Senate again. He ran in 2012, of course, after one term in the U.S. House and decades in the North Dakota House before that, but lost by just a few thousand votes to Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp appears on CNBC's "Power Lunch" show. Screencapture

Senator Heitkamp Still Taking Big Contributions From Wells Fargo Even as She Demands Jail Time

“I think somebody should go to jail,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp said during an interview with CNBC yesterday. She was referring to the Wells Fargo scandal (she also demanded jail time over the Equifax breach; she’s up for re-election so there’s demagoguery going on) which saw the banking giant’s employees enrolling millions of their customers in

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Senator Heitkamp Ranked as North Dakota’s Most Effective Leader in Congress

The Center for Effective Lawmaking – a joint endeavor between the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Vanderbilt University – has some good news for North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp as she heads into a tough re-election campaign in the 2018 cycle. According to their calculations, she ranks as the most effective

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