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North Dakota Has More Coronavirus Cases Because We’re Doing More Than Anyone Else to Look for Them

North Dakota Has More Coronavirus Cases Because We’re Doing More Than Anyone Else to Look for Them

MINOT, N.D. — If you watched the recent debate in North Dakota’s gubernatorial race, hosted by Prairie Public, you realize just how useful a political weapon the coronavirus outbreak has become. Give credit, then, to Governor Doug Burgum and other leaders in his administration for unflinchingly pursuing as much data about the outbreak as they can,

Ignore the Politics, Carbon Capture Research Is a Necessity

MINOT, N.D. — According to certain blinkered political commentators, who see America’s energy grids as yet another venue for team-sports partisanship, coal-fired electrical production ought to go away already. Their simpleton’s view portrays nothing more than pro-coal Republicans facing off with pro-renewables Democrats. They cast efforts to improve coal for modern energy markets, stuff like

North Dakota legislators discuss the process of allocating North Dakota oil taxes to state "savings accounts" including the Legacy Fund and Common Schools Trust Fund. Nick Broadway/ WDAY

Poll Shows Strong Majorities Want Legacy Fund Invested in North Dakota by North Dakotans

MINOT, N.D. — The Legacy Fund has a problem. The roughly $6 billion pot of money, created from a portion of oil tax revenues by the Legislature in 2009, is almost entirely invested outside of the borders of North Dakota. What’s more, some of those out-of-state investments are morally dubious, including financial backing for the Chinese

The CDC has outlined low, moderate and high risk options for Halloween 2020. iStock

Indignant Lectures From Martinets With Medical Degrees Are Not What We Need Right Now

MINOT, N.D. — “North Dakota’s doctors are fed up,” reports my colleagues Jeremy Turley and Adam Willis. Their story is about doctors ripping Gov. Doug Burgum for not instituting a mask mandate and not deferring to doctors when making policy during the ongoing pandemic. I’ve written before about the deference issue, and the simple answer is

North Dakota State University students line up to take pictures with the masked bison statue on campus during orientation day on Friday, Aug. 21, in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Will the Election Cure Coronavirus?

MINOT, N.D. — Every day, we hear it. The incessant drumbeat about the coronavirus. New cases. New deaths. New food fights over what we ought to do and what we ought to stop doing. Do you wonder if the tone of all this will change after the election? Continue reading…

Kevin Cramer speaks alongside President Donald Trump on June 27 at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Trump came to the city twice to campaign for Cramer, who unseated incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November. Forum file photo

Trumpian Obstinance, Backed by Republicans Like Sen. Cramer, Is Making Conservatives Look Silly

MINOT, N.D. — Perhaps Donald Trump’s greatest contribution to the Republican Party’s legacy will be a shift, prompted by his rise to the presidency, from a conservatism defined by a platform of ideas that annoy liberals to simply annoying liberals. With the budget deficit now measured in the trillions, and the bulk of his policies

This flyer, mailed to North Dakotans by the Dakota Leadership PAC, asks voters to oppose a constitutional amendment that would expand the size of the State Board of Higher Education and increase the length of its terms. The DLP is mostly funded by personal donations from Governor Doug Burgum (Photo by Rob Port)

Burgum-Funded Political Committee Refuses to Answer Questions About Measure 1 Opposition

MINOT, N.D. — There has been much whinging from the Bastiat wing of the North Dakota Republican Party about the political spending of Gov. Doug Burgum this election cycle. He used a political committee, funded mostly with his own money and staffed with his people, to back a slate of candidates in the primaries, many of

North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer speaks on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, during the The Chamber's Eggs and Issues event at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum

ND Has Done Michelle Kommer an Injustice and I’m Not Sure It Can Be Entirely Fixed

MINOT, N.D. — Up until just recently, Michelle Kommer was a member of Gov. Doug Burgum’s cabinet. She was the head of the Commerce Department, specifically, a job she has told me she wasn’t sure she wanted in the first place. She’s had success in the private sector and was a little intimidated at the

North Dakota state Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican from the Bismarck area, is seen here dressed as "god" in a Facebook video he made to explain his opposition to refugee resettlement in Burleigh County.

We’re About to Find Out How Much Juice Rick Becker and His Political Movement Really Has

MINOT, N.D. — The Bastiat Caucus, founded by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), started in 2013 as a faction of lawmakers inspired by the free market ideas of French Liberal School economist and writer Frederic Bastiat. What it has become is something less aspirational and, depending on your point of view, inspirational. At times it can

Dave Andahl. Special to The Forum

Andahl’s Death in District 8 Creates Tense Political Situation

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s political landscape is a bit darker this morning. Dave Andahl, a long-time public servant in Burleigh County and legislative candidate this election cycle, is no longer with us. I can’t say I knew Andahl well. Just a few email exchanges over the years about things I’d written, and some conversations this