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There’s a better way to do this, Gov. Burgum

There’s a better way to do this, Gov. Burgum

MINOT, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum is pouring money into North Dakota’s legislative races again. He spent well over $3 million last cycle, and he’s close to a million in this cycle with the June primary vote less than a month away. And you know what? There isn’t a thing wrong with Burgum spending that

You still have to persuade people

MINOT, N.D. — Politics is the art of persuasion. Or so the old saw goes, though it can be hard to discern the truth of that saying at a time when politics seems to have become the art of destroying those who disagree with you. Is anybody trying to change minds anymore? We tend to

Please put Trump back on Twitter

Minot, N.D. — One of my favorite stories from American history is about the time the National Socialist Party of America – an offshoot of the American Nazi Party – tried to march in Skokie, Illinois. That was a largely Jewish community at the time – one out of six Jewish residents there was either a

Democrats, how can it be that you’re losing?

MINOT, N.D. — “Federal judge rejects RNC lawsuit against Jan. 6 panel,” reads a headline from The Hill that went online just before I began writing this column. The congressional committee investigating the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol building perpetrated by Trump supporters had requested emails from the RNC. The committee wants to measure the RNC’s

The dumbest thing about the new Disinformation Governance Board is that anyone thinks it will work

MINOT, N.D. — President Joe Biden’s administration has announced a new agency within the Department of Homeland Security aimed at combating misinformation. It’s called the Disinformation Governance Board, or DGB, and since this idea comes from a Democratic administration, the winds of outrage it has inspired are blowing from places like Fox News where commentators have been