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Wilton Wind Farm is utilized by Basin Electric Power Cooperative as a source of renewable power in North Dakota. (AMY TABORSKY, Bismarck Tribune)

North Dakota Is Smart to Resist the Wind Energy Bubble

North Dakota Is Smart to Resist the Wind Energy Bubble

Ed Gruchalla is a former Democratic state lawmaker now serving as a flack for the wind energy after voters cast him out of office in the 2014 election cycle. He has a letter to the Fargo Forum suggesting that North Dakota is missing out because wind energy projects are being developed in other states and

Wind turbines generating electricity

Audio: Berkeley Scholar Calls Wind Energy Subsidies “Completely Perverse”

Steven Hayward, a Senior Resident Scholar at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, has produced a report for Minnesota’s Center of the American Experiment which finds that power sources like wind and solar aren’t really accomplishing what their supporters say they are. This despite what Hayward described as “completely perverse” subsidies so massive they sometimes allow renewable

Podcast: Will North Dakota’s Government Employees Be Able to Use Medical Marijuana?

On my radio show yesterday Aaron Birst from the North Dakota Association of Counties said his group’s membership is grappling with the reality of implementing new medical marijuana policy as created by voters on the 2016 ballot and amended by lawmakers during their 2017 session earlier this year. Among the questions they need to answer?

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, at a party in Los Angeles, Jan. 10, 2016.An investigation by The New York Times has found previously undisclosed allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein. (Emily Berl/The New York Times)

If Harvey Weinstein Were a Powerful Republican He’d Have Gone Down Years Ago

I, like the rest of you, have been watching the stories about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein roll out with an amazed sort of disgust. There’s a lot to digest. Numerous victims. Numerous accusations. But most shocking, perhaps, is the laundry list of Weinstein’s enablers. From his own staff who helped Weinstein manipulate vulnerable women into

A worker removes red paint from the hand of a Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park in New York, Sept. 12, 2017. The 1892 bronze statue was found covered with graffiti, its hands painted red. Statues of the 15th-century explorer have come under scrutiny amid a larger debate about monuments to controversial historical figures. (Dave Sanders/The New York Times Copyright 2017)

The Roots of Anti-Columbus Day Activism May Surprise You

I’ll admit that I don’t care much about Columbus Day. I think the explorer himself is a fascinating historical figure, and his accomplishments (along with their ramifications both good and bad) worthy of study, but a federal holiday? Do you think any of the workers off today are spending their time boning up on Columbian

Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Senator Heitkamp Played Politics and Ended up Giving Obama a Big Win for His Environmental Legacy

How has Senator Heidi Heitkamp managed to be the only Democrat elected on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008? She invests a lot of time and energy posturing herself as a moderate who frequently dissents against the liberal orthodoxy of her fellow Democrats. A the policy area where she most often does this is energy,

Rick Berg celebrates as he and his family are followed by supporters during a rally after his speech to delegates of the North Dakota state GOP convention in 2012. Eric Hylden / Forum Communications Co.

Berg Says He Wasn’t Prepared in 2012 for Heitkamp’s Personal Attacks

Former Congressman Rick Berg has been in the news this election cycle as he’s pondering running for the U.S. Senate again. He ran in 2012, of course, after one term in the U.S. House and decades in the North Dakota House before that, but lost by just a few thousand votes to Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Senator Heitkamp Ranked as North Dakota’s Most Effective Leader in Congress

The Center for Effective Lawmaking – a joint endeavor between the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Vanderbilt University – has some good news for North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp as she heads into a tough re-election campaign in the 2018 cycle. According to their calculations, she ranks as the most effective

State Senator Tom Campbell, a Republican from Grafton, is running for the U.S. Senate in the 2018 election cycle.

Republican Senator Tom Campbell’s Latest TV Ad Contains Some Nudity

State Senator Tom Campbell, the only declared Republican candidate for North Dakota’s U.S. Senate in 2018, has released his fifth television ad of the 2018 election cycle. Yes, five. Already. With about three months left of 2017. Campbell is clearly out to buy himself some attention, and this latest ad titled “Do Unto Others” will

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

So Much for Heidi Heitkamp’s Bipartisanship

A big part of Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s “centrist” brand, a part of the carefully cultivated public perception she hopes will get her re-elected in 2018, is the idea that the Senator prefers bipartisanship. The problem for Heitkamp is that she’s a liberal, and posturing as a moderate means you sometimes have to actually work with

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