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State Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, set up a table and asked citizens to challenge his argument against North Dakota mask mandate. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service, via Twitter)

Bastiat Founder Rep. Rick Becker Loses in His Own District

Bastiat Founder Rep. Rick Becker Loses in His Own District

MINOT, N.D. — The fight for control of the North Dakota Republican Party continues to play out in district party reorganizations across the state. Activists aligned with the Bastiat Caucus in the Legislature have been trying to take over district leadership positions and then use those positions to censure Republican lawmakers who voted against Bastiat-backed bills, and

UND President Mark Kennedy is interviewed Tuesday in his Twamley Hall office. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Our Campuses Are a Place Where Minds Narrow

MINOT, N.D. — Mark Kennedy, who for a short time was the president of the University of North Dakota, is having some problems at his new job as president of the University of Colorado system. The former Republican congressman had problems before he even got the gig, really, but they’ve only intensified during his time on the job. The issue?

Gary Emineth, left, laughs as he submits signatures for a ballot measure to amend North Dakota's constitution to ensure only U.S. citizens can vote in North Dakota elections Friday, July 6, 2018. (John Hageman / Forum News Service)

Ballot Measures Just Got Even Harder for Actual Grassroots Groups

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota law allows citizens to legislate at the ballot box, whether it’s a statute or even the state constitution. Initiated measure campaigns need only collect the requisite number of petition signatures from North Dakota citizens and their issue goes on the ballot for an up or down vote. For statutory measures,

There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

MINOT, N.D. — Our nation’s decades-long campaign of economic interventionism, turned up to extraordinary levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, was not a free lunch. There’s a bill coming due, and I’m not just talking about our exploding levels of national debt, which is up more than 41% from January 2017 when former President Donald Trump took office, according to

A Double Standard for Vandalism?

MINOT, N.D. — Moorhead, Minnesota, made national headlines recently in a way that no community wants to make national headlines. A mosque, the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Community Center, was vandalized with spray-painted racial slurs, bigoted statements, and allusions to Nazism. A 22-year-old Dickinson man has been arrested for the crime, thanks to the detective work of a Walmart loss

Voters cast ballots at the Bismarck Event Center on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Kyle Martin / The Forum

Food Fight Over Primary Process in the Waning Days of the Legislative Session

MINOT, N.D. — There is a lot to dislike about the way North Dakota goes about selecting partisan nominees for elected office. I’m not talking about who ultimately gets elected to office, but rather how the parties choose which candidates will represent them in any given contest on the ballot. Right now, the political parties

President Donald Trump enters Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum David Samson

North Dakota’s Delegation Gets Surprisingly Good Grades From Anti-Trump Group

MINOT, N.D. — Based on public polling and voting trends, North Dakota is widely seen as one of the most pro-Donald Trump states in the union. Despite that, North Dakota’s congressional delegation performed surprisingly well in a rating by a Republican anti-Trump group. Or surprisingly bad, I suppose, depending on your point of view. The group

Gov. Doug Burgum delivered his 2021 State of the State Address, reflecting on the progress and historic challenges of the past year and calling for bold action and investments in infrastructure to position North Dakota for an even brighter future. Kyle Martin / Forum News Service

On Doug Burgum and Conservatism

MINOT, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum is a sellout. A secret liberal. A camouflaged progressive. A closeted Democrat who, when he first ran for office in 2016, only affiliated himself with the Republican Party and Donald Trump because that’s the sort of thing you have to do to get elected in North Dakota. Or maybe he’s exactly the sort

Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson, primary sponsor of a bill to ban mask mandates, spoke to demonstrators on Monday, April 5, 2021, outside the North Dakota Capitol. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service)

That Ban on Mask Mandates Isn’t Really a Ban at All

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Jeff Hoverson, a member of the Bastiat Caucus from Minot, has had exactly one legislative victory this session, and it came yesterday when the state House and Senate overrode Gov. Doug Burgum’s veto of his bill banning statewide mask mandates. I wonder how Hoverson’s constituents in District 3 feel about their representative introducing 11 bills this