North Dakota’s special session is already so off the rails the lobbyists are calling for an end to distractions


MINOT, N.D. — It’s come to this, my friends: The lobbyists have become the voice of reason.

The special session of North Dakota’s Legislature will begin next week.

The intent of the session is to fulfill two of the Legislature’s constitutional duties. Redistricting, for one, and appropriating the more than $1 billion in federal COVID-19 funding that has come to the state, for another.

But there is a push, mostly coming from the Trump-aligned Bastiat Caucus of far-right Republicans to make the session about vaccine mandates and critical race theory, and more.

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