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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?

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

UND's Julia Vetter (11) celebrates a Fighting Hawks point with teammate Lexi Ahrens (7) during a 2019 home match against Western Illinois. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

UND Handled Controversy Involving Volleyball Players Poorly

MINOT, N.D. — What happens when we become so concerned with social justice we put actual justice in the back seat? Earlier this year, in February, there was controversy on the University of North Dakota campus when two of the school’s students, also members of the volleyball team, were accused of racism. A video of

Another Year, Another Billionaire Trying to Write North Dakota’s Laws

MINOT, N.D. — Those enthusiastic about North Dakota’s initiated measure laws argue they facilitate grassroots involvement in politics. They paint a picture of engaged citizen activists taking to the streets as volunteer petitioners to get their ideas put on the ballot for approval by voters. If only that idyllic portrayal were accurate. In practice, it’s

The North Dakota State Capitol. Forum News Service file photo

North Dakota’s Tax Collections Fell Off a Cliff in May

MINOT, N.D. — Each month, North Dakota’s Office of Management and Budget releases an update on general fund revenues. These reports typically compare the latest month’s collections from the state’s various revenue streams to the forecast the Legislature used to budget as well as actual collections from the last budget cycle. The June report, which was

North Dakota Rep. Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, gives a campaign speech in West Fargo on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. David Samson / Forum News Service

The Democrats Are Right, North Dakota Needs a Special Session

MINOT, N.D. — For years now, I’ve heard North Dakota lawmakers bellyache about executive overreach. I’ve heard them moan about the excesses of the federal government. Yet, now, as North Dakota faces what Gov. Doug Burgum is wont to call a “flock of black swans” in the form of a global pandemic and a coinciding

Dina Butcher, left, hands North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger a proposed petition for a ballot measure to add anti-corruption policies to the state constitution Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. John Hageman / Forum News Service

‘We Are Receiving Complaints Almost Every Day,’ Sec. of State Says of North Dakota Voters First Ballot Measure

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this month, I wrote a column about a complaint I’d received from a state lawmaker, among others, concerning a ballot measure being circulated for signatures to be eligible for the November ballot. This measure, a constitutional amendment proposed by a group calling themselves (despite their out-of-state funding) North Dakota Voters First,

A tornado-warned supercell passed by Grand Forks on Monday, June 8, prompting a tornado warning. / UND Atmospheric Sciences

Tornado Warnings, Free Speech and Early Voting

MINOT, N.D. — Welcome to Friday, you lovely people. Another week has come and gone, and that means another column responding to your questions and feedback. If you want to participate, email your thoughts to I’m getting a lot more submissions than I have room for in this column, but I try to respond

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. Forum file photo

Despite Burgum’s Money, Primary Races Mostly Played Out as Expected

MINOT, N.D. — It’s the day after an election day, which means it’s the time when losing candidates must scramble to find an excuse for why they lost that doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that the voters just liked the other candidate better. In the lead-up to last night’s balloting, there was