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State officials take time to meet between legislative meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

How About Some Credit for North Dakota’s Legislature?

How About Some Credit for North Dakota’s Legislature?

Recently Time magazine listed the North Dakota Legislature as reason number 86 to love America. The article doesn’t seem to be available online anywhere that I can find. Apparently publishing things in print exclusively is still a thing? Anyway, a friend took a picture of the article and sent it to me (I’m not a Time subscriber)

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The Republican Party Needs More Peter Thiel

I wrote about Trump’s speech nomination acceptance speech earlier today – I was impressed with his speech in terms of its political effectiveness, but I still think he’s a problematic candidate – but the real highlight of the RNC convention for me was Peter Thiel’s speech. You can watch it in full below. It’s short,

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Fargo state Sen. Tim Mathern, left, and Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider of Grand Forks, were among Democratic-NPL lawmakers who presented a plan to balance the state's budget shortfall at a news conference on Thursday, July 21, at Fargo's historic downtown Depot. Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

Read What North Dakota Democrats Are Proposing for the Upcoming Special Session

North Dakota Democrats today held a press conference to announce their alternative to the special session budgeting plan that Republicans, uh, haven’t announced yet. I haven’t had a chance to read this proposal thoroughly, and digest fully its implications, but I wanted to share the proposal with you readers immediately. You can read the actual

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North Dakota's current highway signs featuring the image of Native American leader Marcellus Red Thomahawk are being replaced by the North Dakota Department of Transportation with new signs featuring an outline of the state. Reader submitted photos

Red Tomahawk Descendants Aren’t Pleased With NDDOT Change to Highway Signs

Earlier this month I was the first to report that the North Dakota Department of Transportation had quietly begun to remove the image of Native American leader Marcellus Red Tomahawk from the state’s highway signs. Today in an Associated Press report a descendant of Red Thomahawk and a tribal historian express disappointment and frustration with the

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The Fargo City Commission discussed and approved a $660,000 property tax abatement for FedEx on July 18, 2016.

The Fargo City Commission Just Gave Away $660,000 in Tax Incentives for No Good Reason at All

Last night the Fargo City Commission met and voted to approve a property tax exemption worth $660,000 over ten years for FedEx which is building a facility in the city after announcing that they’d be leaving Grand Forks. The move was already somewhat controversial – Grand Forks city leaders are wondering if this was an

Senate Minority Leader, Mac Schneider, and Assistant House Minority Leader, Corey Mock, welcome their constituents before the State of The State Address on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)
Senate Minority Leader, Mac Schneider, and Assistant House Minority Leader, Corey Mock, welcome their constituents before the State of The State Address on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

Democrat Minority Leader Mac Schneider: I’m Right About Oil Taxes in an Alternate Version of Reality

Last week I called out Senator Mac Schneider and Rep. Kenton Onstad for a wildly inaccurate claim they made in a newspaper column, which is that Republican-backed oil tax reform was costing the state $11 million per month in revenues. Here’s a direct quote from what they wrote: “The oil extraction tax cut, ramrodded through

Governor's residence in Bismarck, N.D. (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)
FILE PHOTO: Current governor's residence. (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

Don’t Let Grandstanding Lawmakers Delay Governor’s Residence Project

The governor’s residence on the capitol grounds in Bismarck has always been a fraught political topic. For years state lawmakers, led in some ways by Rep. Jim Kasper of Fargo (who has a guest post on this topic on SAB today as well), have pushed to build a new residence. The old one has a

ND Gov. Jack Dalrymple talks with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board recently regarding the impact of lower oil prices on the state budget. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
ND Gov. Jack Dalrymple talks with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board recently regarding the impact of lower oil prices on the state budget. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Governor Jack Dalrymple on Why He Didn’t Call a Special Session Sooner: “Because We Didn’t Have To”

Yesterday while sitting in for Jay Thomas on WDAY AM970 I interviewed Governor Jack Dalrymple about his announcement earlier in the week calling for a special session. The full audio is below. My first question was why he didn’t call for one earlier in the year. “Well, because we didn’t have to,” he responded. “I’ve

FILE PHOTO --  A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo
A demonstrator, later identified as Ieshia Evans, protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo

The Left-Right Paradox at the Center of Our Debate Over Law Enforcement

Law enforcement has been much in my mind recently, for obvious reasons. As I’ve discussed with friends and family the recent violence perpetrated by police on civilians, and by civilians on police, I’ve notice something of a paradox in the views of liberals and conservatives. My liberal friends, who are generally in favor of solving

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