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What’s the Big Deal About That Gillette Ad?

What’s the Big Deal About That Gillette Ad?

Gillette, the very expensive shaving blade company, has caused a stir with a new ad taking aim at mail behavior. If you have seen it, here it is: “Boys will be boys”? Isn’t it time we stopped excusing bad behavior? Re-think and take action by joining us at #TheBestMenCanBe — Gillette (@Gillette) January

Smoke billows from a cigarette at the Parrot's Cay Tavern and Grill in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

Legislation Would Raise North Dakota’s Tobacco Age to 19, but Exempts Active Military Members

Currently North Dakota bans tobacco use for minors (vaping is included as tobacco use, even though it’s a much different thing). “Minors” means anyone under the age of 18. But legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Anderson (D-Fargo) would raise that age to 19, unless you’re an active member of the U.S. military. You can

A sign alerting visitors that the facility is closed is posted outside the Library of Congress in Washington on Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018. (Pete Marovich/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

If the Longest Ever Government Shutdown Teaches Us One Thing It’s That the Federal Government Is Too Large

The current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of America. I’ll leave it to others to debate the circumstances of this shutdown, whether President Donald Trump is right to stand firm on his demand for border wall funding, or if Democrats are right to keep the government shutdown over

Grand Forks police officer J. Moe assists another officer during a stop near the DeMers Avenue bridge in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Eric Hylden

Lawmakers Want to Seal DUI Records After Seven Years

Earlier this week I wrote about legislation introduced by Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo) which would allow criminals (except those who have to register as sex offenders) to petition the courts to get their cases sealed. Another bill along those lines has been introduced, but it would apply specifically to DUI offenses. It’s been introduced

Legislation Would Let Those Convicted of Misdemeanors and Felonies Petition to Seal Their Records

On the ballot last year a measure which would have legalized medical marijuana, and expunged the records of those convicted of marijuana offenses in the past, failed on the statewide ballot. But the issue isn’t dead. State Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, a Republican from Fargo, is proposing two pieces of legislation to address those issues.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, left, and Rep. Kevin Cramer shake hands at the conclusion of the U.S. Senate candidate debate Thursday, Oct. 18, in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Experiment Shows Republican Emails Far More Likely to Be Filtered as Spam

There has been a lot of talk about ideological bias in the tech world, but most of that has centered on social media platforms. But what if your email service’s spam filter were far more likely to hit emails sent from right-of-center candidates and groups than their counterparts on the left? IMGE is a digital

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, March 20, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

There’s Nothing “Horrifying” About Due Process for College Campuses

“What Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to do to school sexual misconduct rules is horrifying,” writes left wing ideologue Jim Shaw. What horrors is Secretary DeVos perpetrating? She “would allow accused students to cross-examine their accusers, only allow colleges to be involved if the assault took place on campus, would make it harder to punish

The Dakota Women's Correctional Rehabilitation Center, pictured above, is the only women's prison in the state. It's located in New England.

The Legislature Should Make the New England Women’s Prison Illegal

A political furor has erupted over a proposal from Governor Doug Burgum, backed by Department of Corrections head LeAnn Bertsch, to end the state’s contract with a prison facility in New England, North Dakota, and move those female inmates into a reshuffled state system. The Dakota Women’s Correctional Rehab Center is a subsidiary of the

Valve Turner Michael Foster

ACLU Calls North Dakota Bill Targeting Meddling With “Critical Infrastructure” Unconstitutional

Back in 2016, during the heights of the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipelines, a group of left wing activists calling themselves “valve turners” broke into pipeline facilities and, well, turned some valves. One of the valves turned was in North Dakota, along TransCanda’s Keystone line. This was a spectacularly stupid thing to do.