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Gov. Doug Burgum, left, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, right, convene the Industrial Commission meeting at the state Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. On the right is Karlene Fine, the commission's executive director. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

The Public Deserves Details About the Cost of Governor Burgum’s Security

The Public Deserves Details About the Cost of Governor Burgum’s Security

For a while now there has been a lot of hot gossip in North Dakota’s capitol building about Governor Doug Burgum’s travel expenses and his security expenses. The rumors hold that Burgum has traveled excessively and often has an excessive security detail in tow. State Auditor Josh Gallion, to his credit, took a look at

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Brent Sanford, at right in the photo, is the new Lt. Governor Dave Wallis / The Forum

Christopher Dodson: Governor Doug Burgum Has Yet to Support Policy Changes Restricting Use of State Funds for Abortion Referrals

This guest post was submitted by Christopher Dodson. He is the executive director and general counsel of the North Dakota Catholic Conference. On May 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) proposed revisions to the Title X family planning program. These changes will allow North Dakota agencies to follow long-standing state law

An image of what the Kilbourne Group's Block 9 project should look like when completed.

Prairie Public’s Antenna Problem Seems Like Prairie Public’s Problem

The Kilbourne Group, a Fargo-based development company founded (well before he took office) by Governor Doug Burgum, is building a 235 foot tower in downtown Fargo called Block 9. Said tower would block ability of Prairie Public to push radio and television signals to a repeater tower in Wheatland that, in turn, feeds those signals

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Read It: State Auditor Report Says Burgum Administration Has Misused State Aircraft

Earlier this year news broke that Auditor Josh Gallion was reviewing Governor Doug Burgum’s administration’s use of state aircraft. This has earned Gallion some attacks in the press and elsewhere, yet some preliminary reports (such as Lt. Governor Brent Sanford being flown across the state for a coin flip) sure seemed to indicate that there

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley speaks with reporters after arguing in April in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 5-4 in South Dakota's favor, meaning more state tax revenue for South Dakota, North Dakota and other states. (Courtesy photo)

We Should Be Worried About What the Supreme Court’s Online Sales Tax Decision Does to the Interstate Commerce Clause

This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down their precedent in Quill vs. North Dakota and ruled that it was legal for states to apply their sales tax to companies without a physical presence in their borders. In the Quill case, which had to do with a mail order business, the courts held that states

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (left) and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford stand outside the White House Thursday, June 8, 2017, before attending meetings on infrastructure. Video screenshot courtesy of the governor's office.

Governor Burgum Says He’d Send National Guard Troops to the Border if Asked

One element of the political posturing around the issue of President Donald Trump’s new zero tolerance policy at the southern border, which has resulted in the side effect of separating families in accordance with past court decisions, is that some Governors are withdrawing their state’s National Guard troops from border duty and vowing not to

The original site for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Dickinson, N.D., is pictured in 2017. As of May 14, 2017, the project is moving away from Dickinson and will instead be set near Medora. (Sydney Mook / Forum News Service)

When Common Sense Trumps Parochialism North Dakota Wins

North Dakota is a state, not unlike many other states, where the politics of parochialism have led to a lot of bad decisions. Case in point, our state’s university system has no fewer than eight of its institutions mandated geographically in the state constitution. Not because locating institutions in communities across the state served the

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SBHE Member Kevin Melicher Is Out as Six Candidates Advance to Fill Vacancies

Kevin Melicher, who was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education by former Governor Jack Dalrymple, was never perceived as a strong pick. He embarrassed himself in front of a state Senate committee reviewing his appointment, and that appointment was only narrowly approved by a vote of the full chamber after a lengthy debate.

Gov. Doug Burgum, right, announces the formation of his Innovative Education Task Force during a press conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday in Bismarck. Also commenting on the task force were, from left, Nick Archuleta, of North Dakota United, Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, Sen. Donald Schaible, R-Mott, and Kirsten Baesler, state superintendent of public instruction. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Burgum Education Summit Invitee Drops $10,000 Into Democrat Lawmaker’s Campaign Fund

Republican Governor Doug Burgum has had something of a rocky relationship with our state’s Republican-dominated Legislature which dates back to his 2016 gubernatorial campaign in which he campaigned against the “good old boys club” in Bismarck. The “good old boys” being the mostly Republican men (and women) elected to the Legislature. This has manifested itself

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