Friday Mailbag: Poolman retirement, Legacy Fund controversy, Becker hypocrisy, infrastructure bill shenanigans


MINOT, N.D. — It’s been a busy week for North Dakota political nerds, what with the Legislature in special session.

The fractures in the NDGOP were high visibility during at the session this week. There was the big anti-vaccine rally on day one, after which attendees flooded into the capitol building to shout rude things at lawmakers. That wing of the party is feeling ascendant, and the more traditional Republicans are feeling discouraged. That latter feeling was apparent in the retirement speech delivered on the Senate floor by Sen. Nicole Poolman, R-Bismarck, who cited the toxic political environment in her decision to go.

Poolman’s speech is also the first question for this week’s mailbag. If you’d like to send me correspondence for the mailbag, email it to Your submissions may be lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

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