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Friday Mailbag: Hate Crime Debate, the Debate Over Trumpism, and What the Angry Bastiat Caucus Movement Really Wants

Friday Mailbag: Hate Crime Debate, the Debate Over Trumpism, and What the Angry Bastiat Caucus Movement Really Wants

MINOT, N.D. — There’s definitely a theme to the emails I’ve been getting lately, and it’s Trumpism. Also, the Bastiat Caucus, which is perhaps the purest distillation of Trumpism on display in North Dakota politics. It’s starting to feel like it’s all I ever write about, but I’m not sure you can overestimate how important

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Save America Rally on the Ellipse on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, near the White House in Washington, D.C. Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS

Loyalty to Trump Can’t Be the Litmus Test for Republicans

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Liz Cheney may soon be out of her leadership position in the U.S. House Republican caucus. A growing list of prominent House Republicans are calling for her removal, and Cheney herself doesn’t seem to be fighting it. As you probably know, her great sin is a refusal to stay silent about the lie disgraced former President

Canadian truck drivers fill out forms for receiving a COVID vaccination at a rest stop near Drayton, ND, Friday, April 23, 2021. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s Daily Vaccination Dose Count Has Slowed to a Trickle

MINOT, N.D. — We’ve all read the headlines about vaccine hesitancy in North Dakota, but how bad is it? It’s bad. Like, really bad. The pace of administered vaccines has slowed to a trickle. According to the state Department of Health’s vaccine data dashboard, so far in May, the average number of vaccine doses delivered has

American Legion members Larry Lein, left, Major General (retired) Mike Haugen and David Johnston fold the flag after removing it from a pole during a ceremony Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017, at the American Legion post building in downtown Fargo. The Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 has moved to its new home in the old Hector Airport Terminal at 1801 23rd Ave. N., Fargo. The Kilbourne Group bought the downtown building last summer. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Friday Mailbag: Tearing Apart Conservatives, Lowering Flags, Threatening Lawsuits and More

MINOT, N.D. — Friday is my favorite day of the week. I like my work, so I like that Friday is a workday, but I also like that after Friday comes two days that are mostly free to have adventures with my family. The weather is getting nice, and I’m looking forward to some Geocaching

With supporters and legislative backers looking on, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burbum signs House Bill 1425 into law. The bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck, would direct 20% of the Legacy Fund's principal balance into investments in North Dakota businesses and infrastructure. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Doug Burgum's office)

Out-of-State Consultant Recommends Out-of-State Firm to Manage North Dakota’s New in-State Investment Program

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s reliance on consultants, at all levels of government, is an epidemic. From state boards down to local school boards, our state’s leaders can’t seem to even tie their shoes without hiring a consultant. Everybody knows it. People in political circles joke about it. The smartest person in the room, the oft-made

Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson, primary sponsor of a bill to ban mask mandates, spoke to demonstrators on Monday, April 5, 2021, outside the North Dakota Capitol. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service)

Controversy Over Lawmaker Expelled for Harassment May Reignite as the End of the Legislative Session Nears

MINOT, N.D. — The debate over expelled former Bastiat Caucus lawmaker Luke Simons has loomed over the 2021 legislative session in Bismarck. Now, with just days left in the session, that debate may be reignited by a Simons ally and fellow member of the Bastiat Caucus. Rep. Jeff Hoverson of Minot — who is officially designated as a Republican though he

State Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, left, is chairman of the Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee. Rep. Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, is vice chairman. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

When Legislative Leaders Don’t Respect the Role of the Legislature

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Burgum, to his credit, reluctantly signed into law a bill that implements some checks and balances to his office’s emergency powers. No, I’m not talking about that inane legislation banning statewide mask mandates in the name of some perverse notions of liberty (that, ironically enough, doesn’t really ban mask

People gather together at NDSU’s Memorial Union to celebrate the final guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Fargo. Chauvin is found guilty of the death of George Floyd. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Friday Mailbag: Maxine Waters, Extremist Protesters, the Sober Ride Program and Squabbling Inside the NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — It’s Friday, and we can all now head into the weekend confident that we’ll soon be free of the yoke of statewide mask mandates. Though not, I should note, local mask mandates which are still ok for some reason? We live in strange times, my friends. Interesting, but strange. As always, a

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