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Hundreds gather in support of George Floyd at the downtown parking garage in Grand Forks on Thursday, June 4, during a peaceful demonstration, which wound through downtown Grand Forks, briefly stopping near the Red River before heading through the city again. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

If Donald Trump Was Guilty of Incitement, So Is Maxine Waters

If Donald Trump Was Guilty of Incitement, So Is Maxine Waters

MINOT, N.D. — In January, when a violent mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, many, including your humble correspondent, held the disgraced former president responsible. That mob marched directly from his speech, where he was shouting many inflammatory and incorrect things about election fraud, to the Capitol where they proceeded to kick in the

The sign for the North Dakota Republican Party headquarters sits along East Boulevard Avenue near the state Capitol in Bismarck. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Serious Talk About a Split in the NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — One evening this week, I got a phone call from a Republican friend who asked me how viable I thought a third party movement breaking off from the North Dakota Republican Party might be. It was a surprise. This person is a Republican whose name most of you would probably recognize immediately. A serious

Chaplain Sarah Miller with the Chaplains on Call and Emergency Response Team marches with protesters across First Avenue in downtown Fargo, where the riots occurred on May 30, 2020. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

Left-Wing Activists at Fargo Rally Acknowledge the Importance of Gun Rights

MINOT, N.D. — This last week a couple of hundred left-wing activists took to the streets of Fargo to protest because some anonymous person on the internet suggested they might organize a “White Lives Matter” rally. The left-wingers were out to preempt anything like that, though it’s not clear that any of the “WLM” folks

East Grand Forks School Board members recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of an emergency meeting on the school district's closure plan held Monday, March 16. They are Superintendent Mike Kolness, from left, Board President Brandon Boespflug and members Misty Thompson, Tom Piche, Lindsey King, Eric Useldinger and Matt Foss. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

An Object Lesson From Grand Forks in the Skeezy Use of Consultants by Elected Leaders

MINOT, N.D. — There is a not-great trend in North Dakota governing circles that has to do with the use of consultants. If you’re a public leader, why make decisions on anything from policy to hiring when you can pay thousands and thousands of dollars worth of other people’s money to a consultant to find

Supporters of a proposed ban on mask mandates gather outside the North Dakota Capitol on Monday, April 5, 2021. (Michelle Griffith / Forum News Service)

Friday Mailbag: What Happened to Flu Season? Also Lawmaker Pay Raises, Georgia’s Voting Laws, Medals for Cops, and the Modern Relevance of Nemiah Scudder

MINOT, N.D. — I was telling a friend recently that I probably spend at least a couple of hours every day reading and responding to correspondence from you readers, and their response was to ask me why I put so much work into it. Part of it is that I am lucky enough to get

Demonstrators gathered outside the North Dakota Capitol in support of a proposal to ban mask mandates on Monday, April 5, 2021. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service)

Please Immediately Veto the Very Stupid Ban on Mask Mandates

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week a hundred or so deeply misguided souls rallied at the state capitol in favor of legislation, House Bill 1323, which bans state and local government from implementing a mask mandate. And yes, it is a ban on state and local mandates. State law, and long-standing court precedent, prevent local governments

Sen. Kristin Roers, R-Fargo, speaks in the North Dakota Senate chamber on March 29, 2021. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

The ‘Too Much Paperwork’ Argument Against Political Transparency Is a Farce

MINOT, N.D. — As soon as I publish a column arguing that North Dakota’s lawmakers earn their pay and should certainly get the modest pay increase they’ve scheduled for themselves, they go and do something that makes me think maybe they really are overpaid after all. I’m kidding. Mostly. Legislative pay is fine, but the state of

A man identifying himself as Alexander Simon delivers a crude diatribe about transgender issues and race to the Fargo City Commission (screen capture via City of Fargo public video stream)

Man Dressed as Woman Goes on Bizarre Rant About Transgender Issues at Fargo City Commission Meeting

MINOT, N.D. — Transgender issues are much in the news lately, both here in North Dakota and across the nation. Our transgender friends and neighbors are coming out of the shadows, and most of us are trying to have a rational and respectful debate about how to make them feel welcome and comfortable in a

State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, set up a table and asked citizens to challenge his argument against North Dakota mask mandate. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service, via Twitter)

The Demise of the NDGOP’s Dominance Could Come From Within

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Republican Party dominates state politics. In nearly a decade and a half, no Democrat has won a statewide election here, except Heidi Heitkamp and her flukey 2012 victory in the 2012 U.S. Senate race. The Democratic-NPL hasn’t held a majority in either chamber of the state Legislature since the

Mark Nelson, Grand Forks chief of police, speaks to a crowd gathered at the GFPD's awards ceremony Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Russ Hons photo, courtesy of Grand Forks Police Department)

Please Don’t Give Cops Military Medals

MINOT, N.D. — “Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte and Cpl. Patrick Torok, who were involved in the shootout in which Holte was killed last May, each made GFPD history when they became the first recipients of the Purple Heart and Medals of Honor in the history of the department,” reporter Hannah Shirley wrote this week. I’m going to