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Podcast: Director for Koch Brothers Group Says “by No Means” Are They Endorsing Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Podcast: Director for Koch Brothers Group Says “by No Means” Are They Endorsing Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Mike Fedorchak, the North Dakota director for Americans for Prosperity, was on the radio show today talking about his group’s surprising praise for Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The fiscally conservative group, backed by the Koch brothers, is running digital ads thanking Heitkamp for her vote on legislation deregulating banks. “By no means is this supporting or

Masked protesters with the water protectors occupy the hall outside Wells Fargo bank in Duluth on Friday January 12, 2018. Bob King / Forum News Service

Seattle Forced to Bank With Wells Fargo Again After Spurning Them During the #NoDAPL Protests

Last year, in the wake of the violent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline here in North Dakota, the City of Seattle chose with a unanimous vote of its city council to pull business from Wells Fargo. Because Wells Fargo was involved in financing the pipeline project. Left wing activists across the nation celebrated, but

Podcast: Gary Emineth Talks About Initiated Measure to Ban Non-Citizen Voting in State Constitution

On the radio show today Gary Emineth – former NDGOP chairman, former U.S. Senate candidate, and current state Senate candidate in Bismarck – joined me on air today to chat about an initiated measure he’s backing to ban non-citizen voting in North Dakota. Isn’t it already illegal for non-citizens to vote in North Dakota? Emineth

A #NoDAPL protester stands in front of a burning structure as officials work to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on February 22, 2017.

Pipeline Companies Shouldn’t Have to Pay for the Costs of Protests Against Them

Over in Minnesota the opponents of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement project have promised protests akin to what we here in North Dakota saw against the Dakota Access Pipeline. If that’s true, what Minnesotans will suffer is violence and vandalism. That’s the legacy of the #NoDAPL movement. There is absolutely nothing wrong with peacefully assembling on

A protestor pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Democrats Choose Controversial Figure From #NoDAPL Protests as Keynote Speaker at Governor’s Dinner Fundraiser

The North Dakota Democrats have announced that this year’s speaker at their Governor’s Dinner will be Jodi Gillette, former Special Assistant for Native American Affairs to President Obama. It’s a curious choice, given what some view as Gillette’s role in exacerbating the often violent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. It’s worth noting that Gillette

An aerial view of the main protest camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County North Dakota on February 13, 2017. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Ladd Erickson: Social Media and the Human Race: A DAPL Protest Postscript

This guest post was submitted by McLean County State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson. Oil pipeline protests are a possibility in Minnesota and South Dakota this summer.  I helped Morton County prosecute DAPL cases and thought better about posting about it at the time.   I no longer have that constraint, and will example how social media fueled

Dakota Access Pipeline opponents sing prayer songs Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as they vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., ahead of the evacuation deadline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Los Angeles Times Reporter Worried #NoDAPL Coverage Wasn’t Slanted Enough Toward the Protesters

Over at the University of North Dakota professor Mark Trahant – a journalism professor, albeit one sharply biased in favor of the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters – is holding a symposium on those protests which today featured a panel of panelists who covered them. One of the panelists – Los Angeles Times reporter Sandy Tolan

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds

Article Paints an Ugly Picture of #NoDAPL Fundraising

Remember the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock organization? It was a group of supposedly non-violent, left-wing activists headed up by Michael Wood and Wesley Clark, Jr. (son to the military general and erstwhile presidential candidate) which was supposed to bring thousands of veterans to North Dakota to protect the “water protectors” fighting against the Dakota

Maybe Now President Obama Understands How the Pipeliners Felt?

Maybe it makes me a bad person, but I’m experiencing some schadenfreude when it comes to former President Barack Obama’s struggles to get his library built in Chicago. So far his efforts to build on the site of Chicago’s historic Jackson Park (home of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, an event probably more important than

Militarized Police Officers Were Not Why the #NoDAPL Protests Were Violent

Were the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline violent because they were perpetrated by political extremists who pick fights with cops as a way to draw attention to their case? Or because the cops equipped themselves thoroughly against that threat? A lawyer for the activists says it’s the latter in response to an Associated

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