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Chris Herner pours vodka into a mix of ingredients for making an aromatic bitters solution at Mezzaluna in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

A Cocktail Freedom Bill Is Being Considered in Bismarck

A Cocktail Freedom Bill Is Being Considered in Bismarck

The alcohol industry is perhaps one of the most heavily regulated from our country. Partly because of the very real social impacts of alcohol use and partly as an anachronism from our nation’s complicated history with alcohol prohibition. The result is a very tightly controlled market for booze. So much so that those who retail

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

If It’s Ok to Be Concerned About Oil Workers, It’s Ok to Be Concerned About Refugees

“It is remarkable how often those who preach tolerance and patience with ‘new Americans’ will turn around and rail against the oil industry for increasing crime in our state.” I wrote those words back in 2015, noting the left’s propensity to malign energy industry workers with pejoratives like “oilfield trash.” I thought about that post

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney

Audio: “Our Hearts Are Breaking Again” Says Sheriff Paul Laney of Rolette County Shooting

I had Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney on air with me on a somber day for North Dakota. Last night a Rolette County deputy was killed in the line of duty. Three other deputies are currently on leave. The shooter also died. “Our hearts are breaking again,” Sheriff Laney told me, noting that it was

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Universities Will Consider Rule Change Making It Easier to Fire Tenured Faculty, Protests Expected

North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education is considering a controversial policy change which may prompt protests. At issue is section 605.3 of the university system’s policies which state, in part, that tenured faculty “shall be given written notice of termination, including the reason(s) for the action, at least twelve months prior to the date

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Bill Would Make Vaping and Tobacco Use Illegal for Adults up to Age 19

When you turn 18 you’re generally considered an adult under the law, meaning you can do all sorts of stuff from voting to serving in the military. But if legislation backed by state Rep. Pamela Anderson, a Democrat from Fargo, becomes law you wouldn’t be able to purchase tobacco or even vaping products. Here are

ND State Capitol (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

Should There Be a Limit on How Many Bills a Lawmaker Can Submit?

As I’ve noted before, the early weeks of January in every odd-numbered year is a bonanza for those of us always on the hunt for political topics to write or talk about. Because it’s those weeks when the bulk of bills to be considered by our state Legislature get introduced. But are there too many

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

Governor Doug Burgum Has Broken His Pledges on Tax and Fee Hikes

Not once but twice during his campaign last year Governor Doug Burgum signed pledges to oppose increases in the state’s taxes and fees. In March Burgum signed a pledge circulated by a group of NDGOP district leaders which stated that he would “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes or user fees.”

State Rep. Joshua Boschee (D-Fargo) urges support for SB 2279 during North Dakota's 2015 legislative session. Photo by TOM STROMME / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota Will Again Debate Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

For the fourth consecutive biennial session the North Dakota Legislature will debate a bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. As near as I can tell, this legislation is essentially a duplicate of SB2279 which caused a ruckus when it was voted down last legislative session. The bipartisan bill – HB1386 introduced by openly gay state

FILE – Photo Illustration David Samson / The Forum

Bill Would Tighten and Simplify North Dakota’s Distracted Driving Laws

Despite sensational media coverage and celebrity-backed advertising campaigns, distracted driving probably isn’t as big a problem as you think it is. According to data I collected last year, from 2010 to 2015 traffic accidents caused by distractions from electronic devices accounted for just 1.1 percent of all crashes in the state. Even in the distracted

A group of #NoDAPL protesters face off with police near the construction area for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Video: #NoDAPL Protesters Attack Police Line at Drill Pad

In renewed and violent protests a group of what appears to be a couple dozen #NoDAPL activists attacked a police line near the construction zone for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline has been largely completed up to the crossing of the Lake Oahe reservoir, and preparations have been made to bore under that body

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