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UND grad student Alyssa Rowland asks Bernie Sanders how to convince people that free education benefits everyone during Sanders visit to Archives Coffee House on the UND campus in 2016. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Bernie Sanders Plan to Eliminate Student Debt Is Hardly a Free Lunch

The Bernie Sanders Plan to Eliminate Student Debt Is Hardly a Free Lunch

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. It’s an undeniable truth. Somebody always has to pay. The Bernie Sanders plan for eliminating the roughly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt some 45 million Americans are carrying is no exception to the rule. “At a Capitol Hill news conference, Sanders unveiled the plan to eliminate

The Bismarck Tavern in downtown Fargo on Friday, April 13, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Fargo Is Drunk Because People in Fargo Like to Be Drunk

One of the big reasons I tend toward the conservative/libertarian end of the political spectrum is that so much of the liberal/progressive left’s instinct for public policy seems like hubris to me. A crass overestimation of the government’s ability to impose its will on the masses (and that’s setting aside the moral questions about how

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North Dakota Needs Fewer Elected Offices

In Burleigh County (Bismarck), commissioners are considering eliminating elections for two county offices. Currently the auditor/treasurer and recorder positions are elected. The county may turn them into appointed positions. It’s a good idea. In fact, it’s one which should be emulated state wide. North Dakota simply has too many elected officials. We have 13 elected

Senator David Hogue (R-Minot) Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Groups Discussing an Initiated Measure to Create a Legacy Fund Loan Program for Infrastructure

During their regular session earlier this year state lawmakers defeated a proposal, introduced by Senator David Hogue (R-Minot), which would have invested Legacy Fund dollars into an infrastructure loan program for local governments. The benefit would have been cheaper, faster financing for infrastructure projects, which saves tax dollars, but the Legacy Fund would have still

Ruth Buffalo celebrates after being sworn in Dec. 3 to serve in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Lea Black Photography / Special to The Forum

Stop Rewarding Politicians for Just Winning Elections

The North Dakota Women’s Network has announced their “woman of the year” award recipient. It’s state Rep. Ruth Buffalo, who is just months into her tenure in elected office and completed a legislative session in which her accomplishments were, if we’re being generous, quite modest. But the left in North Dakota – which very much

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Jon Stewart and His Sanctimony Are a Lot of What’s Wrong in American Politics Today

This week comedian Jon Stewart made headlines with a rant he went on during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee. Faced with a bunch of empty chairs, Stewart angrily denounced members of Congress for supposedly not caring about the plight 9/11 first responders. Stewart was there to testify in favor of legislation appropriating more

Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, front, talks about specific issues on the 2019 legislative agenda for the state Democratic-NPL Party during a press conference at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Also commenting were, from left, Sen. Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford; Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo; Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo; and Sen. Kathy Hogen, D-Fargo. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Losers Don’t Get to Be Choosers, Democrats

The Legislature has been organizing its interim committees of late, and a tradition for Democrats during this time is to spend a bunch of time whining about committee assignments. This time around, state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo) is insinuating that Republicans purposefully excluded Democrats, and women specifically, from appointments to chair interim committees: You

Cultivator Hunter Rogness prunes fan leaves from marijuana plants in the Leafline Labs Cottage Grove grow center, Feb. 21, 2019. Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press

New Study Suggests Legal Marijuana Doesn’t Reduce Opioid Problems

Back in 2014 a study was released suggesting a strong connection between legal marijuana and decreased overdoses from opioid abuse. It looked at data from 1999 to 2010, and found that states that ended marijuana prohibition to one degree or another had an average of 25 percent lower rate of opioid overdoses. What’s more, that

The Great River Energy Coal Creek Station coal plant near the Falkirk mine outside of Underwood, N.D., is the largest power plant in North Dakota. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

North Dakota Democratic Party: “Coal Is No Longer a Viable Source of Energy.”

In the Minot Daily News over the weekend was a remarkable letter from a leader in the North Dakota Democratic-NPL which derided our state’s coal industry. Brad Magnuson, chairman of his party’s Renewable Energy Caucus, says “Long term, coal is not a viable source of energy.” “Short term, until renewables become exclusive in North Dakota, coal is

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