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North Dakota Republican Group Votes for Making Access to Recreational Marijuana a Constitutional Right

North Dakota Republican Group Votes for Making Access to Recreational Marijuana a Constitutional Right

UPDATE: NDYR state chairman Reed Christianson called me to clarify that the vote was intended as a “straw poll” and not really an endorsement. However the ballots circulated, which you can see below, describe the vote as an endorsement. It’s not clear if conference attendees felt that they were endorsing or not, but I wanted to

Study: Bismarck State College Provides the Best Return on Investment for Students in North Dakota

A new study out from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has some fascinating findings. The report “ranks 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment” and includes an online database allowing the public to look up data on their state’s universities. I’ve also embedded the full report below. The (somewhat clunky) database

Tim Purdon, an attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, asks economic consultant Jeff Makholm questions about the need for expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline at a hearing in Linton, N.D. on Nov. 13, 2019. Makholm is a witness for pipeline operator Energy Transfer. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Hey Standing Rock, Was Yosemite Sam Busy?

I’m watching the North Dakota Public Service Commission’s hearing on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline today ( it’s on-going, you can live stream it here, I’m not sure if or when an archive will be available). The proceedings are mostly unfolding as you’d expect. A sober, if at times pointed, discussion of

Anti-pipeline protesters use vehicles ans fire to block a highway during the 2016 demonstrations opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline Forum News Service Photo

As Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Heats up Again Poll Says Nearly 70 Percent of North Dakotans Support Expansion

On Wednesday next week, North Dakota’s Public Service Commission will be holding a public hearing at the Emmons County Courthouse in Linton to allow comment on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Currently, the line has the capacity for about 500,000 barrels per day. The expansion would take that into the neighborhood of

FILE PHOTO: Rhoda Elmi plays with 1-year-old Suheila Abdullahi Mohamed at Jasmin Child Care in south Fargo. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Excessive Child Care Regulations Benefit Big Businesses but Hurt the Small Ones

One of the paradoxes of American politics is that our friends on the left (and even many on the right) are generally supportive of expansive regulatory regimes even as they rail against the evils of big business. This is a paradox because one way businesses deal with complicated and costly regulations is through consolidation. The

The campus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Special to The Forum

Cass County Prosecutor Won’t Pursue Criminal Charges Over ND School of Science Audit

Earlier this year Auditor Josh Gallion’s office flagged a situation at the North Dakota State School of Science wherein a VP at the school, Tony Grindberg, was involved in negotiating a contract between the university and his wife’s public relations firm. NDSCS President John Richman has claimed that Grindberg’s connection to the firm, Flint Group,

North Dakota Auditor Josh Gallion announce his re-election campaign for the 2020 political cycle.

Auditor Gallion Needs to Be Careful Not to Prove His Critics Right

First-term state Auditor Josh Gallion, who recently announced his intention to seek another term in office, has earned himself a lot of praise. His aggressive and incisive audits have been something of a revelation, showing a willingness to uncover real problems in state and local government dominated by members of Gallion’s own political party. In

Sen. Joan Heckaman, a Democrat from New Rockford, is the leader of the North Dakota Senate's minority caucus. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Democrats in North Dakota’s Senate Call on Oley Larsen to Resign Leadership Position

Yesterday I posted an email embattled state Senator Oley Larsen had sent out his fellow Senators soliciting their input as to whether or not he ought to resign his position as President Pro Tempore. It’s hard to know how genuine Larsen was in asking for the input. After all, before he sent that email, he’d

Sen. Oley Larsen (R-Minot) speaks to members of the House Finance & Taxation Committee in 2015. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Publicly Oley Larsen Says He Won’t Resign, but Privately He’s Asking His Fellow Senators for Their Opinion

This morning embattled state Senator Oley Larsen (R-Minot) apologized for falsely claiming that Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is a terrorist trained by al Qaeda. He specifically said he was not apologizing to Omar, though, and he also said that he doesn’t intend to resign his position. “I’m willing to own my role in spreading misinformation