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Rep. Ron Guggisberg (D-Fargo) speaks against legislation easing restrictions on selling homemade foods.

Video: House Passes Watered Down “Food Freedom Bill” After Feisty Debate

Video: House Passes Watered Down “Food Freedom Bill” After Feisty Debate

When Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) introduced HB1433 everyone was calling it the “raw milk bill.” Simons even posted a picture of himself on social media drinking a jar of raw milk on the House floor. But by the time the bill came up for a floor debate it had been amended so that raw milk

U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questions Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf (not pictured) during his testimony before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm's sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Sept. 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Heitkamp Tries to Distance Herself From Elizabeth Warren While Accusing Republicans of Creating a “Boogeyman”

It’s a common tactic, and an effective one, for political campaigns to try and tie a given opponent to the more extreme elements of their party. Republicans are currently trying to do that to Senator Heidi Heitkamp, noting that both she and rant-happy Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren are both, you know, Democrats. “The NRSC is

An aerial view of the main protest camp Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County N.D. This view shows the camp's main entrance road at left with cluster of tents in lower center being the camp headquarters. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

State of North Dakota Buying Hotel Rooms and Bus Tickets Home for #NoDAPL Protesters

“The North Dakota Department of Human Services, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and the North Dakota Department of Health have partnered to set up a travel assistance center,” a press release from the state Joint Information Center states. It’s a pretty generous package of assistance. “The transportation assistance center will offer personal kits, water

Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) carries shared parenting legislation on the House floor.

Video: North Dakota House Passes Shared Parenting Bill

The shared parenting issue is a familiar one for North Dakotans. Some version of the issue is in a bill before the legislature nearly every session, it seems, and it’s appeared more than once by way of initiated measure as well. The supporters of the issue haven’t had a lot of success, but today in

Rep. Rick Becker (R-Minot) speaks in favor of his bill to close a loophole in current law allowing law enforcement drones to carry non-lethal weapons.

Video: House Votes to Allow Non-Lethal Weapons on Drones After Heated Debate

Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck) has introduced bills to regulate law enforcement’s use of drones in our state for each of the last three legislative sessions. In the 2013 session a comprehensive bill he introduced to require a warrant for drone surveillance and to prohibit the use of weapons on drones failed. In 2015 a bill

Cramer Says Heitkamp Promised MHA Tribe She’d Vote to Overturn Federal Flaring Rules

In Congress right now there is an effort to disapprove an Obama administration regulation aimed at the oil industry. The so-called “venting and flaring” rule imposed by the Bureau of Land Management is so colossally broad it impacts not just federal lands but state lands as well. This rule creates a jurisdictional quagmire, which I’m

Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo, listens to Human Services Committee Chairman Rep. Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, answer a question he posed during the floor debate on HB1386 at the state Capitol on 2-10-2017. The bill, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, was defeated 22-69.

North Dakota Democrats Are Goldbricking on the Gay Rights Debate

Earlier this month legislation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity failed in the state Legislature for the fourth consecutive time. After that latest failure I asked a question: Why do Democrats keep trying to win this policy fight by doing the same thing over and over again? For more than eight

State Rep. Mike Nathe speaks in favor of his legislation to close down the North Dakota Treasurer's Office.

Video: Legislation to Eliminate State Treasurer’s Office Flops

It wasn’t hard to forecast the likely outcome of a House vote today on HCR3004, a proposed constitutional amendment which would have eliminated the State Treasurer’s Office. Back during last year’s election cycle Democrat state Senator Tim Mathern campaigned for Treasurer against incumbent Republican Kelly Schmidt on a platform made up of exactly one plank.


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