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Why did Sen. Ray Holmberg choose June 1 to resign?

Why did Sen. Ray Holmberg choose June 1 to resign?

MINOT, N.D. — Sen. Ray Holmberg announced on Monday, April 25, that he would be resigning from the state Senate. He had already announced, months before, that he wasn’t running for re-election this year, but after headlines about dozens of text messages he exchanged with a man jailed on child pornography charges, and the surfacing

How can a legislative candidate serve central North Dakota and attend law school in Minnesota?

MINOT, N.D. — Article IV, section 5 of the North Dakota Constitution spells out the residency requirements for people who wish to serve the state in the Legislature. “Each individual elected or appointed to the legislative assembly must be, on the day of the election or appointment, a qualified elector in the district from which the member

There are legitimate arguments to be made against the Commission on Presidential Debates

MINOT, N.D. — One of the side effects of the GOP’s continued embrace of disgraced former President Donald Trump is that the party’s arguments are perceived through the lens of the orange-tinted man-baby’s paranoia and ponderous self-regard. So it is with the Republican National Committee’s decision to leave the Commission on Presidential Debates . “This is a

There were just 35 individuals who made disclosed contributions to Rick Becker’s Senate campaign

MINOT, N.D. — Coming out of the NDGOP’s state convention earlier this month, one of the primary talking points for the backers of failed U.S. Senate candidate Rick Becker is that the state’s Republican “establishment” didn’t respect the convention delegates. Incumbent Sen. John Hoeven, who won the convention’s endorsement, didn’t commit to abiding by the

The gouging argument about gas prices is bunk

MINOT, N.D. — Gas prices are up, so of course that means the politicians are working themselves into a high moral dudgeon about price gouging. It’s a story that’s almost as old as the internal combustion engine. This week the Democrat-controlled Energy & Commerce Committee in the House held a hearing about gas prices. Because

Rep. Kim Koppelman’s loss in District 13 is another blow for the Bastiat Caucus wing of the NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — One of the challenges of writing about Republican politics in North Dakota right now is how we go about describing the factions. It’s not that hard for one side of the NDGOP split. They’re the “establishment.” The traditional Republicans. The normies. But what do we call the very Trumpy, self-styled “True Conservatives”