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Josh Swanson, an attorney representing the Wilkinson family, presents his arguements to the justices of the North Dakota Supreme Court in the Wilkinson v. Board of University and School Lands case on Monday at the state Captiol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Draft Legislation Would Prohibit AG’s Office From Providing Legal Counsel for Boards the AG Sits On

Draft Legislation Would Prohibit AG’s Office From Providing Legal Counsel for Boards the AG Sits On

The State of North Dakota asks a lot from its statewide elected officials. In addition to the duties of their specific elected office, these folks are also asked to sit on a myriad of governing boards. For instance, the powerful Industrial Commission which overseas oil and gas development in the state (among other things) has

Judge Roy Moore poses for a portrait after a "Faith and Family Rally" in Florence Alabama at Shoals Christian School on Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Nathan Morgan for The Washington Post

Republicans Must Turn Their Backs on Roy Moore

Late last month I published a print column headlined, “The GOP tent shouldn’t be big enough for a cretin like Roy Moore.” The basis for that conclusion was Moore’s long history of bigotry toward Muslims and hatred toward homosexuals. Not to mention his contempt for the equal application of religious liberties. But despite these things

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Brent Sanford, at right in the photo, is the new Lt. Governor Dave Wallis / The Forum

Audio: Governor Burgum Says New Task Force Could Consider Removing Universities From State Constitution

I had Governor Doug Burgum on my radio show today to talk about his new task force aimed at possibly reforming the governance structure of the North Dakota University System. I’m pretty excited about the effort. I told Burgum that this had the potential to be one of the most important things he does during

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Audio: ND Medical Marijuana Program Director Says Expected Length of Implementation Is About Average

The North Dakota Department of Health is estimating that medical marijuana won’t be available in North Dakota for another 11-13 months. Voters in the state approved medical marijuana on the ballot a year ago, though the ballot measure they cast their ballots for was so flawed it didn’t actually decriminalize medical marijuana. That forced the

Secretary of State Al Jaeger gestures while testifying on a bill to designate the capitol's Memorial Hall into state statute with that official name. Jaeger was testifying in front of the the House political subdivisions committee during the 2017 session. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Since You Asked, Secretary Jaeger

Last week I wrote a print column noting that the North Dakota Republican Party has some vulnerable spots on the statewide ballot, among them long-serving Secretary of State Al Jaeger. Here’s what I wrote about Jaeger, specifically: Also vulnerable is Secretary of State Al Jaeger who is, by a country mile, the longest serving of

FBI agents and other law enforcement and crime scene personnel outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a gunman killed at least 26 people and injured at least 20 more on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Callie Richmond / copyright 2017 / The New York Times)

Remember When North Dakota Lawmakers Were Mocked for Allowing Concealed Carry in Churches?

A shooter in Sutherland Springs, Texas, opened fire in a Baptist church over the weekend. As I write this, the count is 26 dead and 20 wounded. The incident has sparked the usual debate over gun control. Which makes about as much sense as debating restrictions on car rentals after an Uzbek man, apparently radicalized

Brady Pelton, left, and Kari Cutting, both of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, testify Wednesday on proposed oil and gas rules during a North Dakota Industrial Commission hearing in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota Petroleum Council VP to Serve on EPA Board of Science Counselors

Later today the EPA will be announcing that Kari Cutting, Vice President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, will be appointed to the agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors. You can read the full list of BoSC appointees below.  You can see appointments to the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee and the Science Advisory Board here and here,

ND Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread

Audio: ND Insurance Commissioner Says He Doesn’t “Know What We’ve Gained” From Obamacare

As a new Obamacare enrollment period begins most of the state of North Dakota, geographically speaking, will have just one option available on the federal government’s insurance exchange. Yesterday I had Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread on air to talk about that. The law was supposed to boost access to health insurance by lowering premium costs

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum meets with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board Wednesday, May 3, to discuss the 2017 legislative session. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Poll: Governor Doug Burgum Is America’s 5th Most Popular Governor

According to new polling from Morning Consult, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is America’s 5th most popular governor. Interestingly, every person in the top ten of Morning Consult’s gubernatorial polling is a Republican. Though it’s worth noting that all but two of the governors in the bottom ten are Republicans too. Burgum’s approval has actually fallen


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