Print Column: North Dakota Is Just Months Away From Having No Full-Time Federal Judges


Minot, N.D. — This is an appropriate time, here in the middle of the longest government shutdown in American history, to talk about government dysfunction.

Our political leaders can’t get their work done, and while the politicians and their surrogates are all busy throwing pies at one another over who is to blame for that, the rest of us face real-world consequences.

I’m not talking about unemptied dumpsters at national parks, or even anything at all related to this specific government shutdown.

Consider this: “We are in a situation that come this fall, North Dakota will be without any full-time federal judges,” a reader who also happens to be a practicing attorney told me this week.

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