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Shane Goettle, a member of the committee sponsoring Marsy's Law, speaks at a press conference in the state Capitol prior to petitions, shown in front of podium, being delivered to the Secretary of State's office in May 2016. (Tom Stromme /Bismarck Tribune file photo)

Judge to Rule on Whether a Marsy’s Law Provision Is Constitutional

Judge to Rule on Whether a Marsy’s Law Provision Is Constitutional

MINOT, N.D. — Marsy’s Law is a bad idea shoved into our state constitution, over the nearly united objections of those working in North Dakota’s criminal justice system, by voters who were bamboozled with a slick initiated measure campaign exclusively bankrolled by a drug-addled California billionaire. The existence of this public policy abomination is an

On Monday, March 9, Minot City Councilman Josh Wolsky, pictured, introduced and successfully saw passed a motion to secure outside legal counsel to investigate a hostile work environment in his city's government (YouTube screenshot)

On Safe Airplane Landings and Bad Apples

MINOT, N.D. — On Monday of this week I had a very good day. The problem is, in this job, my good days are usually someone else’s very bad days. For weeks now, I’ve been the only person in the state covering the deep-seated problems in Minot. City Manager Tom Barry has been out of

The Great River Energy Coal Creek Station coal plant near the Falkirk mine outside of Underwood, N.D., is the largest power plant in North Dakota. Forum file photo.

Is It Too Little, Too Late for Coal?

MINOT, N.D. — With news of financial struggles at Coal Creek Station, a major coal-fired power plant operated in central North Dakota by Great River Energy, some of our elected officials have sprung into action. In a recent interview with me, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said, “We have to make sure coal is treated fairly.”

Minot City Manager Tom Barry (Photo via City of Minot)

City of Minot to Discuss Hiring Outside Counsel to Investigate Hostile Work Environment, City Employee Described Workplace Like “GESTAPO”

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week, I wrote about a terrible situation in the city of Minot, which saw the city manager interrogating staff, and threatening them with termination, for allegedly speaking to me. It seems the message is starting to get through to city leaders. This afternoon the City Council dropped an agenda for

Jason Heitkamp, a Republican candidate for the North Dakota Senate in District 26, is seen here in a campaign announcement video posted on Facebook.

NDGOP Legislative Candidate Says He Doesn’t Regret Facebook Posts Calling for Obama to Be Hung

“If they are convicted of treason they must be hung. That is the history of our country,” Jason Heitkamp wrote in a January 2016 Facebook post, referring to Obama and Clinton. Continue reading…

Local Fargo "pro-democracy" activist Richard Jensen and North Dakotans for Public Integrity co-leader Ellen Chaffee hold the "Courage Award" that Chaffee and co-leader Dina Butcher received at a national summit in Nashville over the weekend for their work on getting Measure One passed last fall. Chaffee said the award really belongs to North Dakotans who voted for the ethics and anti-corruption amendment. Barry Amundson / The Forum

Proposed Ballot Measure Would Create Open Primaries, Ranked-Choice Voting, Put the New Ethics Commission in Charge of Redistricting

In the 2018 election cycle a group calling itself North Dakotans for Public Integrity, and backed with a mountain of money from national left-wing groups and Hollywood activists, pushed through a constitutional amendment creating a statewide ethics commission. Now in the 2020 cycle, the same group is pushing for a new constitutional amendment. A draft of

North Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

ND Democrats Fail to Find Candidates in District That Was Once a Stronghold

MINOT, N.D. — For decades now, North Dakotans have entered every new election cycle with a question on their lips: Is this the year the state’s Democrats finally march back in from the cold, barren margins of relevance? So far, given some of the depressing outcomes Democrats are seeing in their local district conventions, the