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Fargo should ditch term limits and let the people decide

Fargo should ditch term limits and let the people decide

MINOT, N.D. — Tim Mahoney, the mayor of Fargo, wants another term. The city’s attorney, Erik Johnson, doesn’t believe the city’s charter allows it. Mahoney was first elected mayor in 2015 by way of a special election following the death of former mayor Dennis Walaker. He was re-elected in 2018, and would like to be elected to another

California Cancels North Dakota Over … Free Speech?

MINOT, N.D. — We shouldn’t take California’s travel ban very seriously. North Dakota was recently added to that state’s naughty list, meaning state employees are restricted in their ability to travel here, and the real-world impact will be pretty much nothing. The people implementing this policy don’t even take it that seriously, as evidenced by a

Was It a Resignation or Was It a Push?

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani resigned today at the State Board of Higher Education meeting in Minot. That’s the official line. Behind the scenes, the story is quite different. “His contract was up for renewal,” one source familiar with the decision-making process that led up to today’s news told me. “It wasn’t renewed.” That’s

Fargo’s New Hate Crime Ordinance Will Accomplish Nothing

MINOT, N.D. — Last night, with much jubilation from certain politicians and activists, the City of Fargo passed a hate crime ordinance. The real-world impact of this policy will be negligible. Kind of like California’s ballyhooed ban on state employee travel to supposedly benighted places like, er, North Dakota, which haven’t brought their laws sufficiently into

Adventures With Bureaucracy

MINOT, N.D. — The other day, I found a notice from the City of Minot on my front door indicating that I had 24 hours to pay my water bill or they’d be turning off my service. Needless to say, I was alarmed. My water bill is the only bill I still receive in the mail. I’ve

Ironically, Small Businesses Are Often the Most Hurt by the People Who Want to Stick It to Big Business

MINOT, N.D. — It is a deep irony in American politics that many of the very same people who will rant reliably about the evils of “big business” will simultaneously and unwittingly promote policy outcomes that entrench the very sort of large business enterprises they revile. The debate over the pandemic era’s expanded unemployment benefits has broken

We Are Individuals, Not Members of Groups

MINOT, N.D. — “It costs nothing extra to be a straight white male in this country.” So says Taylor Dominguez, a reader from Grand Forks, who responded with a letter to the editor to my assertion that the “the price of admission” to a free society is “accepting that you’re going to hear and see some things

Trumpists Fall on Their Faces in Attempt to Take Over NDGOP

MINOT, N.D. — A faction of hardcore Donald Trump supporters, a group aligned with the North Dakota Legislature’s Bastiat Caucus and organized by Minot-based activist Jared Hendrix, spent the spring organizing takeovers of local North Dakota Republican Party district committees. They aimed to ultimately take control of the state party, the leadership of which is elected by the leaders