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Tom Kenville, right, of ISIGHT RPV services, discusses with Gov. Burgum some of the work the Grand Forks business is doing in the UAV industry. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Governor Burgum and the Grand Forks Herald Are Feuding Over the Wrong Thing

Governor Burgum and the Grand Forks Herald Are Feuding Over the Wrong Thing

Governor Doug Burgum sure cheesed off the folks at the Grand Forks Herald. Ahead of a recent visit to Grand Forks to meet with city leaders, said city leaders told the Herald that it was Burgum’s first “official” visit to the city since taking office. Burgum took offense and made some comments during his visit pushing back

Paul Schaffner Photo from Schaffners 2010 House campaign

Third Candidate Announces for U.S. Senate Campaign

UPDATE: Schaffner has now informed me, as of about 1:15am on Feb. 1, that he is again not running. A third candidate has announced that he will be seeking the NDGOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. Paul Schaffner of Bismarck sent me the press release below tonight. He also posted his announcement to a Facebook group

Rep. Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, announces his candidacy for North Dakota Secretary of State, during a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Abovo Events, 218 Broadway, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

North Dakota Actually Has Voter Turnout Levels Above the National Average

State Rep. Josh Boschee, a Democrat from Fargo, has announced his campaign for Secretary of State (he’ll be joining me on my radio show tomorrow). He’s already getting in digs at Republican incumbent Al Jaeger talking about the need to modernize the office and improve its performance on things like business filings. There’s going to

Senator Heidi Heitkamp gives a high-five to Senate Majority Leader Chuch Schumer Photo via C-SPAN

Video: Heitkamp High-Fives Schumer After Voting Against 20-Week Abortion Ban

Tonight the Senate held a vote on legislation which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of the pregnancy. The legislation was introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and had bi-partisan support. Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, and Bob Casey voted for the bill. For what it’s worth, polling done by the Susan B. Anthony List

Ryan Taylor announces Ellen Chaffee as a Dem-NPL candidate for lieutenant governor during a press conference Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Fargo, N.D. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Draft of Potential Ethics Amendment Ballot Measure Being Circulated by Former Democratic Lt. Governor Candidate

Ellen Chaffee, a former President of Valley City and Mayville State Universities and a stalwart of the left wing of North Dakota’s Democratic Party, has been circulating a proposed ballot measure which would amend North Dakota’s state constitution to, among other things, create an ethics commission. You might remember that Chaffee was also Democratic gubernatorial

Lois Delmore (D-Grand Forks) is not running for re-election in 2018. (Tom Stromme, Bismarck Tribune)

North Dakota Democrats Continue to Struggle With Candidate Recruitment

Over the weekend the North Dakota Democratic Party held conventions for the Grand Forks-area legislative districts. It didn’t go well. First, despite left wing U.S. House candidate Ben Hanson assuring us on Twitter that there was a “packed house” in Grand Forks… Absolute packed house at the Grand Forks District Conventions this morning! Love the

Senate majority leader Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, center. In back are Rep. David Rust, R-Tioga, left, and Sen. Bill Bowman, R-Bowman. (Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune)

You Can Be Fiscally Conservative and Also a Good Person Senator Wardner

Long-time state lawmaker Bill Bowman has announced his retirement citing health concerns. His parody Twitter account, which was quite popular in state political circles, is sad: https://t.co/uQNXIshere That’s a wrap folks! Thank you to the real Bill Bowman for giving us here at @notBillBowman an icon, a true North Dakota hero. We wish the real

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota Oil Production up 20 Percent Over Biennium Forecast, Tax Collections up 10 Percent

In his state of the state address this week Governor Doug Burgum warned that North Dakota isn’t out of the woods yet when it comes to the state budget. That said, a revived oil industry in the state is bringing state policymakers some good news. North Dakota lawmakers just got a report on revenues from

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Ouch: Senator Heitkamp Sees an 11 Point Drop in Her Approval Polling

According to the latest polling from Morning Consult, Senator Heidi Heitkamp has seen a big drop in her approval numbers among North Dakota voters, though her net approval number is still relatively strong +17. Troubling for the incumbent, however, is that she lost 7 points in approval among self-described independents and 14 points among Republicans.

Kathleen Wrigley and other Marsy's Law supporters speak about their constitutional amendment in 2016.

North Dakota Supreme Court Begins Cleaning up the Marsy’s Law Mess

Marsy’s Law is terrible public policy. “[A] hobby farm for an eccentric California billionaire,” as former state Supreme Court Justice Sandstrom told me during the 2016 election cycle when voters cast their ballots overwhelmingly for the constitutional amendment. Unfortunately, I think North Dakota voters were bamboozled by slick campaign (Kelsey Grammer!) funded exclusively from California by

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