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The West Fargo Public Library posted this photo of a display of LGBT books on its Facebook page, igniting controversy. Special to The Forum

Republican Lawmakers to Library: Put Those Gay Books Back in the Closet

Republican Lawmakers to Library: Put Those Gay Books Back in the Closet

Apparently because they didn’t have anything better to do, a couple of Republican lawmakers from West Fargo got their skirts up over their heads because of a display at the local public library promoting LGBT-themed books. From the Fargo Forum: The library mounted the display of 24 books on LGBT topics in early August in anticipation

State Rep. Pat Heinert (R-Bismarck) carries SB2249 on the House floor today.

Video: Bill Prohibiting Student Participation in School Activities After Conviction/Restraining Order Passes House

You wouldn’t think that our state would need a law like the one SB2249 proposes. You’d think that, should a student be convicted of a felony or restrained by a permanent protection order, the local coaches/teachers/administrators/school board would act, at the very least, to bar that student from participation in things like sports. Not to

Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R-Hillsboro) speak sin favor of a bill requiring that all legislation considered have a legislator as a sponsor.

Video: House Votes to Block Executive Branch From Introducing Legislation

HB1397 touches on a couple of the peculiarities to the North Dakota legislative process. The first is the tradition that every bill introduced in a given Legislative session gets a committee hearing and a floor vote. The second is that North Dakota is the only state in the union where the executive branch can introduce

Rep. Mary Schneider, a Democrat from Fargo, reads prepared insults aimed at Rep. Chris Olson, the sponsor of legislation aimed at studying refugee resettlement.

Video: House Democrat Insults Sponsor of Refugee Study “Born in Prejudice and Suspicion”

Earlier this month a bill which would have required more data collection on the social and fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement in our state, and allowed for the state and its political subdivisions to pause resettlement if deemed necessary, was turned into a study after hours of emotional testimony in committee. But even though the

Cass County Commission Chairman Chad M. Peterson leads discussion Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Cass County Courthouse, Fargo

Audio: Cass County Leader Says People Are Turning Refugee Legislation “Into Something More Than It Is”

UPDATE: After the committee hearing today this legislation was amended and turned into a study. In Bismarck lawmakers are debating HB1427 which would require a quantification of the local costs of refugee resettlement and allow officials in the state to pause resettlement if they feel the costs are too high. The legislation got a committee hearing today,

Fargo Rep. Mary Schneider, a Democrat, speaks against voter ID legislation on the floor of the North Dakota House of Representatives on February 2, 2017.

Video: Democratic Lawmaker Says Raising Voter Fraud Penalty Is “Mean Spirited” and “Voter Intimidation”

After a federal court stuck down North Dakota’s voter ID law last year the state was forced to go back to an old system of letting people without valid ID’s cast their ballots using affidavits attesting to their identity. Today lawmakers took up HB1369 (see it below) which seeks to implement a more secure sort

Grand Forks Herald: Stop Calling Refugee Resettlement Skeptics Racists

The Grand Forks Herald today has a really, really good editorial about the refugee resettlement debate. It’s both a national and local issue. Here in North Dakota lawmakers are debating HB1427 which would require a quantification of the local costs of refugee resettlement and allow officials in the state to pause resettlement if they feel

State Rep. Pat Heinert, a Republican from Bismarck who also serves as the Sheriff of Burleigh County, argues against legislation introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, also a Bismarck Republican, which would outlaw DUI checkpoints.

Video: ND House Almost Passes Bill Which Would Have Outlawed DUI Checkpoints

The North Dakota House of Representatives today spent more than twenty minutes of floor time debating a bill which would have outlawed DUI checkpoints. It was a remarkable debate despite the loss of the bill. Remarkable because it put on display a libertarian-minded faction of state House which has grown over the years. The lawmakers

Coffee Shop's Ban Of North Dakota Lawmakers Kinda Backfired

Amid the fury stemming from the North Dakota House’s defeat of an anti-discrimination bill, SB2279, the Red Raven Espresso Parlor posted a notice that they would be denying service to lawmakers voting no. Despite that happening more than ten days ago there was a flurry of stories about it this weekend. “It did its job,”

Chris Olson: Why I Voted "No" On The SB2279 Non-Discrimination Bill

Of the various reasons that led to my decision to vote no against SB2279, my most important reasoning falls largely outside the established range of “acceptable opinion”. However, it is a view of government that is not new, but is, rather, the classical and foundational view held by our nation’s fathers. As a matter of

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