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Bill Letting Politicians Carry Concealed at Public Gatherings Gets Amended, but It’s Still Not Very Good

Bill Letting Politicians Carry Concealed at Public Gatherings Gets Amended, but It’s Still Not Very Good

SB2139, which started out as a bill to give those licensed to carry concealed a 10 day window to produce their permit if caught by law enforcement, was amended earlier this legislative session to also give elected officials the right to carry concealed in public gatherings. Here’s the amended section which passed the House earlier this


North Dakotans Should Expect a Property Tax Hike in 2018

“I guess it’s maybe time for a reality check here,” House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) said during a floor debate yesterday over SB2206. That legislation deals with the state’s take over of county-level social services. The local governments have been agitating for that take over for some time arguing, correctly, that they amount to

Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Audio: Rep. Cramer Says Spicer Holocaust Comment Was “Dumb” but Maybe “Technically Right”

Congressman Kevin Cramer was on my radio show today for his weekly open phones segment. I asked him about the controversy over White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during WWII, something Spicer later apologized for and which prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to call for his resignation.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL party chair Rep. Kylie Oversen (D-Grand Forks) speaks to delegates attending the 2016 state convention in Bismarck. TOM STROMME / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

In Letter Former North Dakota Candidate Warns Fellow Democrats About Focus on Identity Politics

Yesterday I wrote a post about fracturing among North Dakota Democrats which became evident at the state party’s recent reorganization meeting. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat to win an election on the statewide ballot since 2008, apparently got heckled when she addressed party members. “She looked fairly shocked,” an active Democrat who attended the

Bismarck Tribune: Bresciani Misled on Sanford Deal Which “Hurts the State” and “Made NDSU Look Bad”

The editorial board at the Bismarck Tribune got it mostly right today backing up lawmakers who are pushing to scrap a sweetheart nursing school deal NDSU President Dean Bresciani handed to Sanford. “It looks like NDSU was so eager for a nursing program that they signed off on an agreement favorable to Sanford,” the paper notes in

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Apparently Heckled During Address to Party as North Dakota Democrats Fracture

Over the weekend the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League held a reorganization at which party chairwoman Kylie Oversen, a former lawmaker who lost her seat in last year’s election, won another cycle as the party’s leader. Publicly the party is painting smiley faces all over the reorganization. “The amazing participation at today’s meeting is a clear sign

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Maybe Wanting to Understand the Social Impacts of Refugee Resettlement Isn’t Bigotry

My colleague Mike McFeely is urging his fellow liberals to call off an effort to recall right-of-center Fargo city commissioner David Piepkorn over his push for information about refugee resettlement in that community. The endeavor will not be successful, McFeely warns: Piepkorn is no dummy, and he probably has a campaign organization already in place

Signs hang in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

Apparent #NoDAPL Protester Found Dead in River Near Former Site of Protest Camps

Some very sad news out of Morton County today. “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 9-1-1 call of a body floating near the shoreline of the mouth of the Cannonball River yesterday,” a press release from the county states. “Authorities transported the deceased male to the ND Medical Examiner’s office in Bismarck where

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Kylie Oversen, chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic Party. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota Democrats Reject Reform, Stick With Same Leadership After Disastrous 2016 Election Cycle

The 2016 election year was an awful one for North Dakota Democrats. They saw not a single statewide candidate get over 30 percent of the vote while in the Legislature they lost their House and Senate leaders, their party chairwoman, and now have just nine seats in the state Senate and just 13 in the


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