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Video: Left Wing Town Hall Activists Undermine Their Credibility by Screaming at Cramer and Exempting Heitkamp

Video: Left Wing Town Hall Activists Undermine Their Credibility by Screaming at Cramer and Exempting Heitkamp

The local iteration of Indivisible – a national left wing group created to harrass Republican members of Congress in their states/districts – challenged North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer to a town hall. Not surprisingly, since Cramer has a sterling reputation when it comes to a willingness to engage with the public, he obliged them by

Dakota Access Pipeline opponents sing prayer songs Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as they vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., ahead of the evacuation deadline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s Assistance Program for #NoDAPL Protesters Closed Down After Hotel Room Was Trashed

Earlier this week the State of North Dakota was operating an assistance program for #NoDAPL protesters willing to leave the area peacefully. Those participating received a bus ticket, a hotel room voucher, and supplies. But the program didn’t last long. Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, has confirmed to me

#NoDAPL protesters set an estimated 20 fires while State of North Dakota officials worked to evict them. Two were injured. Photo via

Photos: #NoDAPL Protesters Set an Estimated 20 Fires, Injuring Two Children, as Officials Work to Evacuate Them

I just got off the phone with a law enforcement source who tells me there won’t be any move to enter the main #NoDAPL protest camp tonight. Earlier today about 100 or so protesters exited the camps, mostly peacefully, doing a ceremonial march before boarding buses to Bismarck. I’m told there are around 100 “hard

Senator Judy Lee (R-Fargo) speaks in favor of a bill to change an initiated measure approved by voters to legalize access to medical marijuana.

Video: With Strong Bipartisan Support, Senate Passes Changes to Medical Marijuana Measure

One of the most contentious topics in the North Dakota legislature so far has been the issue of medical marijuana. Much of that contention focused on what is and is not the will of the people. Opponents to SB2344, legislation backed by the bi-partisan leadership of the House and Senate chambers, say that the Legislature

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Dave Wallis / The Forum

Commissioner Piepkorn Defends His Letter on Economic Incentives, Calls Commissioner Gehrig “A Huge Disappointment”

There is a hot debate over economic incentives happening down in the Legislature right now, but an even hotter debate has erupted among Fargo city leaders over who should get to say what about that issue. Earlier this month Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig was raked over the coals by critics because he, along with

An aerial view of the protest camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County North Dakota on February 13, 2017. The area is in a flood plain and must be clear of buildings and people who have been illegally camping to protest the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Reminder: The #NoDAPL Protesters in Camp Are No Longer Standing With Standing Rock

Today is the deadline, set by both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Governor Doug Burgum, for the #NoDAPL protesters to move out of the illegal Oceti Sakowin camp. At 2:00pm everyone is to be off the Corps land where the camp was established months ago. Some of the protesters are vowing to resist

The Oceti Sakowin protest camp. Photo taken February 19, 2017. Governor Doug Burgum's Office

The Feds No-Show Again as North Dakota Cops Get Hazmat Training Before Squaring Off With #NoDAPL

The deadline for the #NoDAPL trespass camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land to be cleared out is tomorrow. If it’s not empty it looks as though North Dakota’s law enforcement will be going it alone again to make arrests. Last year, during the most violent parts of the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota

Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R-Hillsboro) speak sin favor of a bill requiring that all legislation considered have a legislator as a sponsor.

Video: House Votes to Block Executive Branch From Introducing Legislation

HB1397 touches on a couple of the peculiarities to the North Dakota legislative process. The first is the tradition that every bill introduced in a given Legislative session gets a committee hearing and a floor vote. The second is that North Dakota is the only state in the union where the executive branch can introduce

Rep. Pat Heinert, who is also sheriff of Burleigh County, speaks against legislation restricting the use of civil asset forfeiture by law enforcement.

Video: House Votes to Restrict Civil Asset Forfeiture Despite Opposition From Law Enforcement

For those of you who don’t know what civil asset forfeiture, it’s essentially a process whereby law enforcement can take property – money, cars, houses, etc. – they feel was used in a crime and keep it regardless of whether or not you’re actually convicted or even charged with anything. Law enforcement literally gets to

U.S. President Donald Trump walks through the Colonnade to the Oval Office after returning to the White House in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

What If, Like That Sinbad Movie You Thought You Saw in the 90’s, Trump’s Comments About Swedish Attack Don’t Exist?

My focus is very much on North Dakota news these days, what with our Legislature in session and all, so I haven’t been spending a lot of time reading past the headlines when it comes to national news stories. Like many of you I got the impression from those headlines  that President Donald Trump had


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