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State Sen. Rich Wardner, pictured above, speaks at a previous legislative session. (FCC File Photo)

To Some NDGOP Lawmakers, Religion Comes Before Economics

To Some NDGOP Lawmakers, Religion Comes Before Economics

MINOT, N.D. — It takes a lot of chutzpah for someone like Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, a Republican from Dickinson, to say that the Legislature has “opened it up enough” when it comes to business hours for the hospitality industry. Is Wardner blind to what’s been going on in the world? The pandemic has, rightly, prompted limitations

Mugshot of organized crime figure Al Capone, taken in 1939. (FBI archive photo)

Mugshots Shouldn’t Be a Public Record

MINOT, N.D. — When you see a mugshot, do you immediately think “criminal”? You probably do. Who could blame you? The mugshot is an iconic sort of image. That staring-into-the-camera perspective, usually alongside a second image taken from the side, with some sort of a placard usually visible toward the bottom, is unmistakable. Shots of

OneFargo leader Wess Philome and Forum News Service columnist Rob Port engage in a dialogue about current events, livestreamed on Facebook.

The Importance of Not Dismissing People You Disagree With

MINOT, N.D. — I write a lot about the importance of engaging with people you disagree with. It’s not healthy for any of us to live in a bubble. Yet there are so many sources — from social media algorithms to cable news programming — which are feeding us only what we want to hear.

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)

The Bastiat Caucus Is an Embarrassment to the NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — Last year, Bastiat Caucus founder, Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, in an indignant letter to the editor, claimed there are “30 dues-paying legislators in the Bastiat Caucus this biennium.” That’s a big number. If it’s true, it would mean that this rump caucus of Trump-aligned politicians, while representing only a minority of the NDGOP caucus,

Handguns are seen Friday, Jan. 15, at Pawn Pros, 1411 University Dr. S., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Legislature Should Absolutely Overturn Fargo’s (Already Illegal) Restrictions on Gun Sales

MINOT, N.D. — Some of Fargo’s city leaders need to be reminded that their community is not some autonomous city-state. Fargo is, in fact, a political subdivision of the State of North Dakota. I’m writing in the context of the debate over a Fargo ordinance outlawing transactions for firearms in private homes. We aren’t talking

The sign for the North Dakota Republican Party headquarters sits along East Boulevard Avenue near the state Capitol in Bismarck. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Conservatives Need to Get Out of the Ghetto

No longer feeling welcomed by Hollywood, or our nation’s campuses, or even the national news media, conservatives went and carved out their own space. In some ways, that’s healthy, a perfectly natural reaction to the sort of institutional gatekeeping that was locking conservatives out. It’s also had a curdling effect on the movement. Continue reading…

The Rev. Jason Lefor distributes the Holy Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the body of Christ, to a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pisek, N.D., on Sunday, Dec. 6, the Feast of St. Nicholas. Many services are seeing reduced numbers of worshippers (Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald)

Catholics Fighting Bill Requiring Priests Report Child Abuse

I cannot imagine a scenario in which any decent human being would, in any circumstance, want to withhold from the appropriate authorities evidence of a child being harmed. Doing so only prolongs the injury or exploitation taking place. Yet the Catholics are out to fight the bill. They’re concerned about priests being required to report

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

Bill Would Deny Public Officials Their Pay if Businesses Restrictions Are in Place

Rep. Rick Becker’s bill, had it been in place over the last year, would mean that every statewide elected official, not to mention nonelected people who head agencies like the Department of Health and the Department of Transportation, would have been expected to work without pay. Or they could resign, I guess, though who would