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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

It’s just Twitter, you guys

MINOT, N.D. — A simultaneously annoying and amusing reality of journalism is that what constitutes “news” tends to skew heavily toward what journalists are, themselves, experiencing. That’s why things that happen in New York City tend to be reported as national news, even if it is of little import to those of us who live

Ray Holmberg resignation spares his fellow lawmakers the pain of expelling him

MINOT, N.D. — In the first 131 years, four months, and two days of its history, North Dakota’s lawmakers had never exercised their constitutional authority to expel an elected member of the state Legislature. Then on March 4, 2021, a supermajority of House members voted to expel Rep. Luke Simons , a Republican from Dickinson, after my reporting

Sen. Ray Holmberg resigns from powerful committee, hires criminal defense attorney

MINOT, N.D. — State Sen. Ray Holmberg is stepping down as chairman of Legislative Management, a powerful committee that oversees the North Dakota Legislature’s interim work. “Recent events and discussions have made it clear to me that the interim governing body of the legislature, Legislative Management, does not need to be any part of that