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Seen here in 2017, Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley, testifies at the North Dakota Public Service Commission hearing on the Foxtail Wind Farm at Ellendale, N.D. Keith Norman / Forum News Service

Some Lawmakers Considering a Special Session After PSC Turned Down a Wind Farm Permit

Some Lawmakers Considering a Special Session After PSC Turned Down a Wind Farm Permit

Last week the Public Service Commission turned down a siting permit for a large (23,000 acres, 76 turbines) wind farm project in Burke County. NextEra, the company behind the project, had pushed for a permit despite opposition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department who argued that

Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, front, talks about specific issues on the 2019 legislative agenda for the state Democratic-NPL Party during a press conference at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Also commenting were, from left, Sen. Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford; Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo; Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo; and Sen. Kathy Hogen, D-Fargo. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Losers Don’t Get to Be Choosers, Democrats

The Legislature has been organizing its interim committees of late, and a tradition for Democrats during this time is to spend a bunch of time whining about committee assignments. This time around, state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo) is insinuating that Republicans purposefully excluded Democrats, and women specifically, from appointments to chair interim committees: You

North Dakota Republican Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, right, listens while Gov. Doug Burgum speaks during a bill signing ceremony at the state Capitol Friday, April 26, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Don’t Let Them Fool You, Lawmakers Knew Exactly What They Were Doing to the Auditor’s Authority

Now that there has been some public blow back over legislation gutting the autonomy of the state Auditor, certain state lawmakers are in full walk-back mode. There is even some talk of calling the Legislature back into session to address the issue, which was likely prompted by news of a nascent referendum campaign. I hope

State Rep. Rick Becker

Audio: Rep. Rick Becker Responds to Meme Controversy, Calls His Critics “Hypersensitive”

State Rep. Rick Becker was the target of criticism this weekend after posting an internet meme using the “drop the shop in the shower” joke to make a point about limited government. Becker, though, is unapologetic and has even turned the controversy into a fundraising opportunity. He’s raised over $500 so far as of the

Eight border wall prototypes in front of the existing wall between Mexico and the United States, in Otay Mesa, Calif., Oct. 30, 2017. (Josh Haner/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

North Dakota Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Backing Trump’s Call for a Border Wall

Nationally the federal government is shut down over funding for the border wall (or fence or whatever) that President Trump campaigned on in 2016. Here in North Dakota a group of state lawmakers – including House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner – have signed onto a resolution calling for the

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck

Group of Republicans Considered Attempt to Replace Democrats as Minority Party in the Legislature

Over the years I have often heard North Dakota politicos of the Republican persuasion joke that if the Democrats in our state aren’t going to use their party for anything meaningful it ought to be taken over by conservatives, leaving us with a political divide between conservative and moderate Republicans. State Rep. Rick Becker, a

Rep. Chet Poller, a Republican from Carrington Photo provided by House Republicans

Al Carlson’s Replacement as House Majority Leader Won by Promising to Keep Everything the Same

Last night the Republican caucus in the North Dakota House of Representatives picked their new majority leader. The press release is below, but Rep. Chet Pollert of Carrington won the three-way competition over Rep. Mike Nathe of Bismarck and Rep. Dan Ruby of Minot. The result is a bit of a surprise. Heading into the

House Majority Leader Al Carlson Forum New Service file photo

With Rep. Al Carlson on the Ropes, Other Republicans Express Interest in Being Majority Leader

Rep. Al Carlson, a long-time state lawmaker and current Majority Leader in the North Dakota House of Representatives, is fighting for his political life in Fargo’s District 41. That district has been trending blue for a while now, and Carlson is hardly safe. Carlson, an incumbent, is running alongside newcomer and fellow Republican Michelle Strinden

When A $93.4 Million Spending Increase Is "Just Something That Happens"

This morning I tuned into the floor session in the North Dakota House to watch the debate of HB1012, the Department of Health and Human Services budget. I had thought a part of that bill would be the state’s Medicaid expansion, but apparently that portion of the bill has been peeled off for an up

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