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Senate majority leader Sen. Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson), left, and House majority leader Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo) review amendments for legislation before a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April 25, 2017 in the state capitol. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Audio: Majority Leaders Carlson and Wardner Call for Local Spending Cuts to Avoid Property Tax Hikes

Audio: Majority Leaders Carlson and Wardner Call for Local Spending Cuts to Avoid Property Tax Hikes

Yesterday I had House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner on my radio show on 970 WDAY (podcast) to recap the legislative session. The big thing on a lot of people’s minds heading into this interim, and the 2018 election cycle, is property taxes. Every press release I’ve seen from the

Rick Berg celebrates as he and his family are followed by supporters during a rally after his speech to delegates of the North Dakota state GOP convention Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum Communications Co.

Former Congressman Rick Berg Not Ruling Out 2018 Campaign

In 2010 Rick Berg, a long time Republican state lawmaker from Fargo, ran for Congress and defeated 10-term incumbent Earl Pomeroy ending a decades-long stranglehold Democrats had on North Dakota’s federal delegation. But in 2012 Berg opted to leave his House seat behind and run for the Senate seat which was being vacated at that

James Patrick Whalen, right, leaves the Grand Forks County Courthouse with his attorney, Robert Hoy, after pleading guilty to sexual assault and corruption of a minor. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

We Can’t Have Justice if We Don’t Scrutinize Accusers

Yesterday I wrote a post responding to outrage over comments made by Robert Hoy, defense attorney for James Patrick Whalen, a Grand Forks teacher who recently pleaded guilty to charges related to a sexual relationship he had with a 16 year old female student. Many in the media were outraged that Hoy brought up the

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck during a #NoDAPL protest in 2016.

Environmental Activist: “We Have a Moral Responsibility to Blow up Wells and Eliminate Fracking and Workers”

“If the oil and gas industry puts fracking wells in our neighborhoods, threatening our lives and our children’s lives, then don’t we have a moral responsibility to blow up wells and eliminate fracking and workers?” environmental activist Andrew J. O’Connor wrote in the Boulder Daily Camera on April 19. It was a letter to the

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Lawmakers Probably Aren’t Finishing Today: “My Guess Is Day or Two More”

The goal for finishing North Dakota’s 2017 legislative session was day 70 of the constitutionally allowed 80. That was last week. Obviously, since lawmakers are still in session, it didn’t happen. The fall back deadline was today. When lawmakers broke for the weekend the idea was to come back this week and finish by Wednesday

As Legislative Session Ends North Dakota Still Has More Revenues, and More Spending, Than It Did Before the Oil Boom

Today may very well be the last day of the 2017 legislative session. Lawmakers are hoping to be completed by this evening. We’ll see if that happens, but we hardly need to reach the official end point to conclude that it has been a rough session for the lawmakers and the state. Profligate spending during

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

The Idea That North Dakota Republicans Cut Taxes for the Oil Industry Is Fake News

For years now, since the policy passed during the 2015 legislative session, North Dakota Democrats and their mouthpieces have been braying about how Republicans cut taxes for the oil industry. As is often the case, a lie repeated often enough begins to be perceived as the truth. So now thanks to a steady stream of

Governor Doug Burgum opens North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Video: House Members Laugh as They Vote Down “Dollar Doug” Amendment

“The Dollar Doug idea sure got stomped in the House,” a legislative observer texted me yesterday evening. The “Dollar Doug” thing is what some are calling the amendment to HB1001 which would reduce Governor Doug Burgum’s salary to just $1 per year, formulated in such a way so that whoever might take over after Burgum

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Took a Mountain of Money From Special Interest Committees

“When I go to Washington, I’m not going to be for any special interest; I’ll be for the interests of North Dakota,” Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp said in 2013 shortly after winning election to her first term in office. That’s an interesting goal for someone who, in the first quarter of her first re-election cycle, has

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