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Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, left, and Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, right

We May Need to Rethink How Recall Elections Work in North Dakota

We May Need to Rethink How Recall Elections Work in North Dakota

Recall elections have been in state headlines a lot recently. An effort to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn has belly flopped, which I’m glad of. Despite the recall committee declaring publicly that they had, or would have, enough signatures to put Piepkorn on the ballot it turns out they couldn’t muster the requisite number.

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

The Recall of Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Isn’t Really About Dave Piepkorn

According to reports the committee organized to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn says they have the requisite signatures and will be turning them in some time this week. Which means the recall will happen, assuming all the petitions and signatures are in proper order. This may seem like a local issue which only matters

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Dave Wallis / The Forum

Something Fishy Is Going on With the Effort to Recall Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Over the weekend there was a claim that petitioners working to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn were being threatened and harassed to the point where some were calling for the petition drive to be stopped for the sake of safety. Now that claim is being walked back by the petitioners themselves (the recall committee

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

Wrong Time for a Vacation Mr. Piepkorn

I don’t think the people trying to recall Fargo City Commissioner David Piepkorn will ultimately be successful (more on that here) but if they do manage a victory I think the turning point for voters will be Piepkorn’s behavior in office rather than his questions about refugee resettlement. The latter issue was the casus belli for

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn Dave Wallis / The Forum

Commissioner Piepkorn Defends His Letter on Economic Incentives, Calls Commissioner Gehrig “A Huge Disappointment”

There is a hot debate over economic incentives happening down in the Legislature right now, but an even hotter debate has erupted among Fargo city leaders over who should get to say what about that issue. Earlier this month Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig was raked over the coals by critics because he, along with

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn during a Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Audio: Fargo Leader Wants Companies Targeted by #NoDAPL Activists to Come to North Dakota

One of the tactics of far-left environmental activists has been to target the financing of the fossil fuel industries and their related infrastructure like pipelines. That’s why #NoDAPL protesters have been targeting Wells Fargo bank branches, because the bank is involved in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline, and it is pressure from these activists which

Fargo (N.D) City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn stand outside City Hall on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

What Are the Supporters of Refugee Resettlement So Afraid Of?

Last week Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asked for a thorough review of the costs to the City of Fargo from refugee resettlement in that community. Piepkorn estimates the cost to the city is in the millions, but wants a formal review. It didn’t seem like a terribly controversial request to me. Fargo has taken

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn

There Is Nothing Racist About Understanding the Local Costs of Refugee Resettlement

There is no question that refugee resettlement in North Dakota, particularly in the Fargo area, is something of a burden for local taxpayers. Whether it’s the additional services needed for students with language barriers in our schools or the fact that refugees use a disproportionate amount of social services, there is a cost. There is,

Forum file photo of Don and Mary Kinzler home.

The Fargo City Commission Approved A Bad Buyout And Now They’re Embarrassed About It

Tonight the Fargo City Commission gave final approval to a sweetheart of a buyout for the Kinzler home, property the city needs for its on-going build out of flood protection. The Kinzler family got to triple dip on the taxpayer’s dime. Not only did they get $565,000 for their property, a value set by an

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