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A bowl of condoms is seen at North Dakota State University, alongside cards for Junk Mail, a federal grant-funded service that mails condoms, lube, dental dams and educational information to students for free. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

If You’re Pro-Life You Should Support NDSU’s “Junk Mail” Program

If You’re Pro-Life You Should Support NDSU’s “Junk Mail” Program

Giving students better access to things like condoms and information about sex will probably prevent more abortions than any regulation passed by lawmakers, or any conservative judge appointed by President Donald Trump. Continue reading…

Windie Lazenko, founder of 4her North Dakota, testifies about human trafficking in North Dakota at a Senate Judiciary committee hearing devoted to trafficking legislation. (Press Photo by Katherine Lymn)

Are Cameras in North Dakota’s Legislative Committee Rooms a Good Idea?

MINOT, N.D. — Let me start this post by answering my own question from the headline: Yes, they’re a good idea. Now let me play the devil’s advocate. Continue reading…

Isn’t Choice Better Than Force?

MINOT, N.D. — Congress seems set to pass a law raising the age for legal tobacco use to 21. Here in North Dakota, Devils Lake already adopted an age-21 ordinance for tobacco use and vaping, though it’s probably not legal for reasons I’ve explained previously. They’re lumping in vaping with this move, which is unfair because that

Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken voiced his opposition to new refugee resettlements at a Burleigh County Commission meeting in Bismarck on Dec. 9, 2019. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Why Were We So Scared to Have a Debate Over Refugee Resettlement?

It’s almost as though the Trump administration, by giving locals a degree of autonomy when it comes to resettlement, has revealed that resettlement isn’t nearly as controversial as we may think. That seems like a pretty good outcome, doesn’t it? Granted, some continue to oppose resettlement quite vocally, but since not one state or local

Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) prepares for an interview with CNN Photo via Twitter

‘It Will Be Impeachment Every Single Time’

“In the history of our country, the party who is not in the White House has accused the White House of abuse of power,” Armstrong said. “It started 200 years ago, it will continue into the future, except now, congratulations, it will be impeachment every single time one party controls the House of Representatives and

A sign welcomes guests to Devils Lake, N.D. (Grand Forks Herald)

Devils Lake’s New Age-21 Vaping Law Is Probably Illegal

MINOT, N.D. — Recently the Devils Lake City Commission passed a new ordinance raising the age at which it’s legal to purchase and use vaping products. The city also increased the penalty for the unlawful sale, purchase, and/or use of said products. The North Dakota Century Code sets the age for vaping at 18. Devils Lake has

Raheem Williams

UPDATED: With Incumbent Kelly Schmidt Retiring, Fargo Republican Says He’s Interested in Running for State Treasurer

North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, a Republican, has announced she won’t seek a fifth four-year term in office during the 2020 election cycle. “This is not something I have taken lightly,” she told Bismarck Tribune reporter Jack Dura. “I have thought about it. I have prayed about it. I have visited with my family about

Fisher Industries in Dickinson, North Dakota Forum News Service

The Fisher Industries Border Wall Contract Is Among the Cheapest Awarded

There has been a lot of political furor, of late, over North Dakota-based Fisher Industries receiving a very large federal contract to build a portion of the controversial border wall between the United States and Mexico. The company is set to be paid $268 million to build 31 miles of border wall in the Cabeza

Kevin Cramer visits with Madison Rodgers, left, and Sierra Heitkamp of the North Dakota Young Republicans at the state Republican convention at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks in 2018. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Uproar Over Delay in Armenian Genocide Resolution Is the Perfect Distillation of Dumb Twitter Politics

News this week is that North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer has, at the behest of President Donald Trump’s administration, held up the passage of a bipartisan resolution about the Armenian genocide. On Twitter there was outrage (is there ever anything else on Twitter?) from Cramer’s political opponents. Here’s North Dakota House Minority Leader Josh Boschee

Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma, left, and City Manager Tom Barry, right Photo via City of Minot

Despite Controversy City of Minot Approves Roughly $1 Million Contract for City Manager

After initially trying to slip it through as a last-minute addition to the agenda, the Minot City Council approved this week a new contract for controversial City Manager Tom Barry. The Council also approved a substantial pay raise for themselves, though I think that move was sorely needed. “If we devalue public service by not paying

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