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U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

The Butt Hurt Over Senator Cramer Backing Savanna’s Act Is Just More Ugly Partisanship From Heitkamp Supporters

The Butt Hurt Over Senator Cramer Backing Savanna’s Act Is Just More Ugly Partisanship From Heitkamp Supporters

If you’re a Democrat, and a Republican comes out in favor of a piece of policy you support, shouldn’t that make you happy? It should, but sadly in our bitterly partisan environment, there are plenty who eschew progress in favor of petty political recrimination. One recent and local example of this is the opposition from

Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, supports House Bill 1509 at a hearing in front of the Industry Business & Labor committee on Monday afternoon, Jan. 28. The bill deals with paid family leave for government employees and employees of large businesses. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Proposed Family Leave Program Is Basically Corporate Welfare

Before I make my argument, I should acknowledge that the business community in North Dakota has come out in opposition to HB1509. That proposal, introduced by state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo), would create a mandatory family leave program for employers with 50 or more employees. It would be administered by Workforce Safety and Insurance

Nick Nelson / Forum News Service

North Dakota’s Corporate Farming Ban Is So Dumb We Have to Pass a Law So You Can Farm With Your Second Cousin

Let’s say your great-grandfather immigrated to North Dakota and started a farm. It was a successful operation and, upon his death, he left it to your grandfather and his brother. The brothers kept the operation successful and left it to their sons, your father and his cousin. They, too, find success and they want to

Brooke Riendeau sets up produce and preserves at the Mobile Farmer's Market outside of the YMCA in Grand Forks in August of 2017. (Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

The Legislature Should Leave “Cottage Foods” Alone

During the 2017 legislative session lawmakers passed HB1433, introduced by Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson), which supporters called the “food freedom act.” Essentially what it did was create a permissive regulatory framework allowing for direct-to-consumer food sales. The law refers to this as “cottage foods.” Basically the sort of thing you’d see at bake sales, only

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, promotes her "red flag" bill while police chiefs and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, listen at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

“Waiting Until Something Bad Happens” Is Also Called “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”

My last Sunday print column was about HB1537, introduced by state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo), which would set up a process through which the courts can take away guns from someone based on nothing more than an affidavit from law enforcement or a close relation saying they’re dangerous. I called this a gun seizure

ND State Capitol (Korrie Wenzel/Forum News Service)

Bill Would Create Mandatory Family Leave Program for Some North Dakota Employers

If a bill introduced by state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo) passes, an employer in North Dakota with 50 or more employees would be required to participate in a “family medical leave” program which would give employees 66 percent of their pay (capped at $4,000 per month) for up to twelve weeks. The bill is

Speaker of the House Rep. Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Ordering Study Into Whether It’s “Necessary” or “Desirable” to Implement Ethics Ballot Measure

“Measure 1 is actually so poorly written that it would institute a host of new restrictions and regulations on political speech and advocacy that would violate the First Amendment rights of all citizens.” That’s what the ACLU said about the “ethics” ballot measure last year, before voters approved it at the ballot box. Those sort

Were the Covington Boys Asking for It?

Yesterday during my weekly appearance on the Jay Thomas Show on WDAY AM970 we discussed the controversy of those Covington High School students who attend the March for Life in Washington D.C. and ended up being accused of harassing and intimidating a Native American activist. Only upon closer scrutiny, which few journalists waited for, it

What a Miserable Week for American Journalism

American journalists are fond of blaming the politicians, and these days President Donald “fake news” Trump in particular, for declining public trust in journalistic institutions. This last week, though, the journalists really had nobody to blame but themselves. It started last week with Buzzfeed promoting a story, based on anonymous sources, which purported that President

If the Voters Approve Bad Policy, Does That Make It Good Policy?

I talked about this on today’s podcast, but I thought the Fargo Forum’s Sunday editorial was worth responding to in the form of a blog post as well. (Full disclosure, I’m employed by the Forum Communications Company.) “Legislative leaders are taking steps to gut the constitutional amendment that voters approved in the November election to establish