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Port: A state lawmaker got a sweetheart deal from the state and it just plain stinks

Port: A state lawmaker got a sweetheart deal from the state and it just plain stinks

MINOT, N.D. — Lawmakers this week received a report about that cost-overrun fiasco in the Attorney General’s Office from state Auditor Josh Gallion’s office. This mess just keeps getting messier. To catch you up, Attorney General Drew Wrigley was appointed to that post earlier this year to replace his long-time predecessor Wayne Stenehjem who had

Port: North Dakota Republicans increasingly getting burned by Trumpy loons

MINOT, N.D. — There are two recent anecdotes that may illustrate some buyer’s remorse North Dakotan Republicans have when it comes to Trumpism. The first is the assault on North Dakota’s Secretary of State’s Office coming from the disciples of pillow salesman Mike Lindell. These mouth breathers, out to find evidence of an election conspiracy they’ve already

Online idiocy takes over a small-town tragedy

MINOT, N.D. — In the early hours of Sunday, Sept.18, a 41-year-old man named Shannon Brandt allegedly ran over 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson. Ellingson is dead. Brandt has been charged with vehicular homicide . The story, as tragic and sad as it is, would have been nothing more than a regional headline but for a claim Brandt made

Port: North Dakota’s open records laws, election conspiracies, and the tyranny of the confidently incorrect

MINOT, N.D. — A week ago I wrote about the legions of dopes and dupes who are flooding North Dakota election officials, at the state and local level, with open records requests for election data. Now comes reporter Michael Standaert with a deeper dive into the sorry situation . These dim bulbs have been led down the primrose path

Here’s 12 minutes of Senate candidate Rick Becker whining about how Republicans don’t like him any more

MINOT, N.D. — One of my favorite genres of social media umbrage is “I’m not bothered by this thing I’m ranting about” rant. You know what I’m talking about. It’s a person who is going on and on about some topic while simultaneously insisting that they aren’t upset about it. Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rick

ND election officials being flooded with ‘canned’ records requests from election conspiracy activists

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week The Washington Post reported on an “unprecedented wave of public records requests” filed by election conspiracy activists supporting disgraced former President Donald Trump. These requests are impacting nearly two dozen states, and “may be intended to hinder” the work of election officials. Is North Dakota among the states targeted? Secretary of