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Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck

State Rep. Rick Becker Says Decision on Senate Run May Have to Wait Until September but Won’t Hinge on Cramer

We know that state Senator Tom Campbell of Grafton is considering a run for the NDGOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp (who is absolutely running for re-election despite her silly posturing). We also know that both Kathy Neset, an oil industry consultant and member of the North Dakota State Board of

North Dakota May Have Finally Found Rock Bottom in Revenues Free Fall

Yesterday the Office of Management and Budget released their final general fund revenue report for the 2015-2017 biennium which ended on June 30. You can read it in full below. Compared to the previous biennium – which set a record for general fund revenue collections – the State of North Dakota was down over $1.68

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Victims Shouldn’t Have to Pay for the Law Enforcement Costs Created by Their Abusers

Here’s a simple truth about the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline: The pipeline company was repeatedly the victim of violent crime and vandalism while working, lawfully, to complete a permitted project. The political extremists who organized and perpetrated the often unlawful, often violent demonstrations were the perpetrators. That’s the point I make in

It’s Time to Raise the Gas Tax

It’s not often you’ll hear me argue in favor of raising taxes, but today’s editorial in the Grand Forks Herald makes a compelling case for raising the tax on fuel. “Since 1993, the motor vehicle gas tax has been stuck at 18.4 cents per gallon,” the paper opines. “That’s good when we stop at the local C-store

Hukun Abdullahi, executive director of the Afro American Students Association speaks during a meeting where the Somali Council of Elders was introduced to local Moorhead leaders and the Somali community on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Head of Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Group Owes the Community an Apology

In my Sunday print column I wrote that an ugly incident in the parking lot of a Fargo Walmart between a white woman and three Somali women has “served as a sort of bat signal for political opportunists eager to swoop in and use this anecdote as leverage.” Consider these comments, as quoted by my

A 32-foot sound barrier wall separates an 11-well oil pad from a Lake Sakakawea boat ramp at the Van Hook Resort near New Town, pictured Tuesday evening. On weekends, it is one of the busiest boat ramps on the lake. (Amy Dalrymple, Bismarck Tribune)

Maybe Oil Development Isn’t the Apocalypse Some Make It Out to Be

North Dakotans love their lakes. During the summer months, if you ask a Nodaker what their weekend plans are, more often than not you’ll probably hear them say something about going to “the lake.” Which lake depends on things like geography and personal preference, but suffice it to say that people in our state like

The Battle of Nashville" by Howard Pyle

The Censors Are Coming for HBO’s New Alternate History Show About the Civil War

A new HBO series from two of the producers of The Game of Thrones has sparked an online campaign to block it. The show is called Confederate, and it imagines an alternate timeline for the United States from the Civil War in which the South won and slavery is still very much alive. This sort

North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer speaks Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the ND GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo of his choice to endorse Donald Trump for president. Rick Abbott / The Forum

It’s Time for Kevin Cramer to Give up on His Media Bias Crusade

According to the Associated Press, Congressman Kevin Cramer’s efforts to hold broadcast television outlets responsible for bias isn’t going well. Specifically, the broadcasters are ignoring the Congressman: GRAND FORKS – Months after U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., sent three broadcast news giants a questionnaire on media bias, he’s heard nothing back — and he said

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