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Grand Forks Democrats Pledged to Boycott Facebook Ads Over Hate Speech, Then Apparently Took the Pledge Down When One of Their Candidates Bought a Facebook Ad

Grand Forks Democrats Pledged to Boycott Facebook Ads Over Hate Speech, Then Apparently Took the Pledge Down When One of Their Candidates Bought a Facebook Ad

MINOT, N.D. — On June 28, the District 42 chapter of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL posted a pledge on their Facebook page to boycott Facebook ads during the month of July. “Facebook has shown that in the wake of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and so many others, they idly

North Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

ND Democrats Dunk on Burgum’s Company for Taking a Small PPP Loan

Recently a federal court ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down. That line carries nearly half of all of North Dakota’s oil output. The oil industry pays more than half of all the tax collected by the State of North Dakota. The North Dakota Democratic Party didn’t issue a statement about that, but they had plenty of

The Dakota Access Pipeline, pictured under construction on Friday, July 29, 2016, in northwest North Dakota. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

…And That’s Why North Dakota Will Vote for Trump Again

MINOT, N.D. — Not so long ago, I wrote a column in which I wondered if President Donald Trump was losing political favor here in North Dakota. A place which has been, since the dawn of his presidency, one of most ardent bastions of his political base. Then a federal judge ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline emptied.

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are seen with authorities in this Forum News Service file photo.

In Another Blow to North Dakota’s Wellbeing, Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown Citing Obama-Era Error in Federal Permitting

MINOT, N.D. — “The Court will nonetheless require the oil to stop flowing and 24the pipeline to be emptied within 30 days from the date of this Opinion and accompanying Order.” Those are the words of Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee who has been presiding over the long-running legal dispute over the Dakota Access

Kipp Gabriel, a local rapper known as Kipp G, is seen in this 2014 photo. Gabriel died Sunday, June 28, at the age of 37. Raul Gomez / High Plains Reader

Social Media Justice Seems a Lot Like Mob Justice

MINOT, N.D. — I can’t stop thinking about Kipp Gabriel. Before I read Chris Hagen’s article about his death, I’d never heard of Gabriel despite his regional celebrity as a Fargo-based hip-hop performer. He was found dead this week just days after a group of women took to social media to accuse him of sexual assault, something

Former Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson describes the imbalance created by local police agencies focused more on enforcement than the community. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

We’re Not Going to Get Much Justice From Cops Investigating Themselves

MINOT, N.D. — In early June, Todd Osmundson, then a deputy chief with the Fargo Police Department, made the astoundingly poor choice to infiltrate, in plain clothes, a rowdy protest inspired by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As part of is ill-conceived cover, Osmundson chose to carry around what he initially claimed was

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

Is Trump Losing Steam in North Dakota?

MINOT, N.D. — There is a growing national weariness when it comes to our president. runs a useful and widely-referenced aggregator of polling. Of the last 10 surveys it tracked in the 2020 presidential race, not one of them has President Donald Trump leading. Worse, more than half show former Vice President Joe Biden with

A screencapture of North Dakota Democratic-NPL candidate Travisia Martin's campaign website, accessed June 24, 2020

The Defense for Democratic Insurance Commissioner Candidate Travisia Martin Is. . . Unlawful Voting?

MINOT, N.D. — Forgetting about the North Dakota constitution’s five-year residency requirement for statewide elected office is understandable. Lots of people forget about it. Late last year, I wrote a column about Fargo-based Republican Raheem Williams wanting to launch a campaign for treasurer. During my interview with him, he mentioned that he’d been living in North Dakota