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Fargo businessman Doug Burgum during a debate with Wayne Stenehjem at Avalon Events Center in Fargo on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Burgum Cuts Dalrymple’s Budget by Another $159 Million

Burgum Cuts Dalrymple’s Budget by Another $159 Million

Last month, shortly before leaving office, former Governor Jack Dalrymple delivered an executive budget to the Legislature. Which is a little unusual, that the outgoing governor would get to write a budget for the first two years of the incoming governor’s term in office. But it is what it is. Anyway, since his State of

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, share a laugh on stage during his inaugural celebration Wednesday, Jan. 4 2016 at the Bismarck Event Center. Photo by John Hageman

Audio: Burgum Opposes Limits on Bonuses, Says Votes for Same Sex Marriage Bill Showed “Courage”

I had Governor Doug Burgum on my radio show today, and we hit on a number of topics including reports that some state lawmakers were upset that he sometimes wears jeans. I asked Burgum if he had dressed up for our interview. He said he was going to wear a clown outfit but couldn’t find

New North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks with cabinet members on his first day of office Thursday morning at the state Captiol in Bismarck. There are 17 cabinet positions with Burgum replacing a few of the postions with new members or with people filling in for the interim during the transition from former Gov. Jack Dalrymple's administration. Photo by Bismarck Tribune

Lawmakers Upset About the Way Doug Burgum Dresses Should Get Over It

In North Dakota state lawmakers are expected to dress up. The rules for the chambers require that male lawmakers wear a suit, coat, and tie (I’m not sure off hand what the specific requirements are for women. Sometimes the dress code even applies to visitors. I remember years ago a group of teenagers on a

New North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks with cabinet members on his first day of office Thursday morning at the state Captiol in Bismarck. There are 17 cabinet positions with Burgum replacing a few of the postions with new members or with people filling in for the interim during the transition from former Gov. Jack Dalrymple's administration.12-15-2016

After Controversy Under Dalrymple Legislation Would Cap Bonuses for Governor’s Staff, Appointees at $5000

Back in late 2015 nearly $100,000 in bonuses handed out by former Governor Jack Dalrymple caused no small amount of controversy in the state. They went to five employees, including nearly $32,000 to Chief of Staff Ron Rauschenberger (who has stayed on on current Governor Doug Burgum’s transition into office). Dalrymple’s spokesman Jeff Zent defended the

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum applauds members of law enforcement during his State of the State address to the legislature January 3, 2017.

Video: Burgum Plugs Bing, Promotes Education, and Promises End to Property Tax Buy Downs During State of the State

Governor Doug Burgum delivered the first State of the State address of his term in office to lawmakers today. Here’s the full video, which isn’t really all that long and would be worth your time to watch. I put some of my thoughts below: An energetic new tone “The new governor—though he projects an image

Before Anything Else, Burgum and Lawmakers Must Find Confidence in Revenue Forecasts

Today is officially the first day of North Dakota’s legislative session. This afternoon Governor Doug Burgum will deliver his State of the State address. Also sometime today we should be getting the details on the tweaks Burgum wants to make to the budget delivered to the Legislature by former Governor Jack Dalrymple last month. As our state’s

Fargo entrepreneur and philanthropist Doug Burgum, third from right, meets with the press following his announcement for North Dakotaís gubernatorial race Jan. 14, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Let’s Start Giving Politicians Awards for Leading Instead of Winning Elections

Over the holiday weekend the Fargo Forum named Governor Doug Burgum their Person of the Year. That’s unfortunate. We need to stop treating election victories as if they were the finish line for politicians, rather than the first step in a process through which they will hopefully turn out to be good leaders. My intent here

Doug Burgum listens as Ed Schafer is honored at his farewell reception at the Gorecki Alumni Center at UND Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Governor Doug Burgum Should Just Accept His Salary Already

During his campaign earlier this year Doug Burgum vowed to turn down his salary if elected governor. Well, he won. Now Governor Burgum says he’s got a legal team on the problem of how to legally turn down his salary. “You would think that as governor that on the first day you could say, ‘I refuse

North Dakota Governor-elect Doug Burgum embraces his fiancee, Kathryn Helgaas, at the close of his acceptance speech Tuesday, Nov.8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

The Key to Addressing Burgum’s Business Interests Is Transparency

At the national level voters elected Donald J. Trump to the White House. Here in North Dakota voters elected Doug Burgum to be our state’s 33rd governor. One thing both of these men have in common are extensive private sector business interests. At the national level there is much media hand-wringing and partisan rancor over

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum delivers his first public address by way of a video posted on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Media Don’t Care About Your Access So Much as They Care About Their Access

On North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s first day in office he sent out video message to the public by way of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Today the Associated Press published a gripe about politicians who use social media to bypass journalists and control their message, and they cite Burgum’s video message as an

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