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President Donald Trump speaks during a 2018 rally in Duluth, Minn. Forum News Service file photo

As Democrats Pursue Impeachment They Should Promise to Let Trump Run for Re-Election

As Democrats Pursue Impeachment They Should Promise to Let Trump Run for Re-Election

I don’t think the House of Representatives is actually going to impeach President Trump. I could be wrong, but as we approach another election year, I suspect certain political realities are going to set in. Impeachment isn’t nearly as popular with the broader electorate as it is among Democrats even amid the revelations about Trump’s

Twamley hall at the University of North Dakota. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

University of North Dakota Professor Says Campus Is “Dying” Due to Legislature’s “Austerity”

Sheila Liming is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of North Dakota. Per her university biography, she once earned a bagpiping scholarship and plays the accordion. Which sounds, honestly, kind of awesome. Who knew there was a scholarship for bagpiping out there in the world? Also, accordions are fantastic. Anyway, Liming

President Donald Trump speaks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a news conference in the East Room at the White House on Friday, Sept. 20. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

Democrats Would Have More Credibility on Impeachment if They Hadn’t Been Crying Wolf Since Trump’s Inauguration

The Trump administration today released a transcript of a call between the President and the leader of Ukraine. A whistleblower had previously suggested that Trump tried to hustle a quid pro quo deal with Ukraine, with the quid being U.S. foreign aid and the quo being a Ukranian investigation into alleged corruption perpetrated by Hunter

Mary Stark Elementary School second-grade student Chase Gumeringer uses an iPad with his classmates in teacher Tammy Bopp’s room in Mandan in 2016. (MIKE MCCLEARY, BISMARCK TRIBUNE)

North Dakota’s Public School Enrollment Has Increased 18 Percent in a Decade, but Spending Has Increased More Than 67 Percent

Education is a priority for North Dakotans, which is why our state spends a lot on it. With a population of just over 760,000, North Dakota has no fewer than 11 institutions of higher education. Even after dramatic post-oil-boom spending cuts, we’re #8 in the nation when it comes to per-student spending on higher education.

State Auditor Josh Gallion addresses a legislative committee in 2019

NDSCS President John Richman Owes the State Auditor an Apology

Earlier this year State Auditor Josh Gallion’s office dropped a report which detailed some unfortunate goings-on at the North Dakota State College of Science. Among the findings was that Vice President Tony Grindberg – a former Republican state Senator and current member of the Fargo City Commission – had failed to disclose a conflict of

A video visitation station sits empty in a general population jail pod on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Grand Forks County Jail in Grand Forks. Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald

The Government Shouldn’t Depend on Revenue From Putting People in Jail

My jaw hit the floor at least twice over the course of two paragraphs while reading this piece from Grand Forks Herald reporter Adam Kurtz. First, there’s this: The Grand Forks County Commission heard from David Bostwick of HDR Architecture, a firm in Chicago hired to conduct a needs analysis of the Grand Forks County

North Dakota Marijuana Activist Warns Against Using Marijuana Vaping Products

Last night David Owen called me and said he wanted to speak out about the dangers of marijuana vaping products. Owen is one of the organizers behind Legalize ND, a citizen group which backed a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota last year. His group is readying another proposal for the ballot

North Dakota Democratic Party Official Says She Was Threatened After Heated Gun Rights Debate With Republican Lawmaker

Over the weekend, a crowd of pro-2nd amendment folks gathered at the state capitol in Bismarck for an event called the “Shall Not Be Infringed Rally.” Unfortunately, some of the online discussion about the rally got a little ugly, as online discussions are wont to do. Ondine Baird, an official in the North Dakota Democratic

A #NoDAPL protester stands in front of a burning structure as officials work to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on February 22, 2017.

Saudi Attacks Should Make Us Thankful the Environmental Zealots Have Been (Mostly) Losing Their War on American Oil Development

Over the weekend the American news media was obsessed with another salacious (though ultimately not nearly so salacious as initially reported) story about the Trump administration. Largely overlooked in that furor were coordinated drone attacks on roughly half of Saudi Arabia’s crude oil production facilities. Though the Saudi national oil company, Aramco, acted quickly to

Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in Underwood, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

If We Want Electric Vehicles We’re Going to Need Coal Power Which Is Why the Coal Industry Is Backing Them

There are still a lot of things which need to happen before electric vehicles become, for most of us, anything more than an expensive novelty. As a tech enthusiast, there are a lot of things about electric cars which are downright thrilling. Like the self-driving capabilities, which have now proliferated to the point where people

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