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Drew Wrigley, then North Dakota's lieutenant governor, meets with The Forum editorial board in 2016 in Fargo. Forum file photo

Plain Talk: New U.S. Attorney Says He’s Not Ready Yet to Talk About Lengthy Confirmation Process

Plain Talk: New U.S. Attorney Says He’s Not Ready Yet to Talk About Lengthy Confirmation Process

It took 18 months for incoming U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley to be confirmed, and while many in the state attribute delays to behind-the-scenes political games, Wrigley says he’s focused on the job ahead for now. “I’m not prepared to do that today,” he said when asked to talk about the process. As for doing his

U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Cramer (R) debates Heidi Heitkamp (D) on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at North Dakota State University. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

It Sure Seems Like Senator Kevin Cramer Is Throwing Shade at His Predecessor Heidi Heitkamp Over Delaying Senate Confirmations

North Dakota got some good news on Senate nominations this week. Last month I wrote in a print column that North Dakota was just months away from having no full-time federal judges. This week we learned that Grand Forks attorney Peter Welte has been scheduled for a confirmation hearing this week. Also, North Dakota hasn’t

Print Column: North Dakota Is Just Months Away From Having No Full-Time Federal Judges

Minot, N.D. — This is an appropriate time, here in the middle of the longest government shutdown in American history, to talk about government dysfunction. Our political leaders can’t get their work done, and while the politicians and their surrogates are all busy throwing pies at one another over who is to blame for that,

Jerod Tufte

Former NDGOP Head, Recently Elected Supreme Court Justice Named as Possible Trump Judicial Appointees

This week President Donald Trump began the process of announcing appointments to more than 100 openings in the federal judicial system. The names of a few North Dakotans are being thrown around as potential appointees for the 8th Circuit. According to Above the Law, which has a pretty good track record on this stuff, attorney

ND Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Democrats Aiming Vindictive Politics at Wrigley and U.S. Attorney Appointment

President Barack Obama made a very poor choice when he appointed Timothy Purdon to be U.S. Attorney for North Dakota back during his first years in office. Purdon’s hyper-partisan background caused delays in his Senate appointment process (he was appointed directly from the Democratic National Committee) and shortly after taking office he announced prosecution of

Drew Wrigley photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley Being Promoted to Trump Administration for Second Appointment as U.S. Attorney

Drew Wrigley served as North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. He stepped down from that appointment during the Obama administration – though many at the time, including the Fargo Forum in a glowing editorial, urged President Obama to keep him on the job – and served as Lt. Governor under

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada January 21, 2016. REUTERS / David Becker

Audio: Former U.S. Attorney Wrigley Says Complaints About Trump and Federal Prosecutors Are Partisan Politics

President Donald Trump has stoked controversy yet again, this time by asking for the resignation of dozens of Obama-appointed federal prosecutors. One former U.S. Attorney here in North Dakota, albeit one who didn’t stick around in his job long enough to be canned by Trump, has been crying foul. “I want to make it very

Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks about the ongoing protest and especially the events of the past week in Bismarck and Mandan on Friday, Nov. 19, 2016. Behind him, from left, are Gen. Alan Dohrmann, Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin, Mandan Police Cchief Jason Ziegler, Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling, Morton County Commissioner Cody Schulz and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley. TOM STROMME / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley Rips #NoDAPL Protests in Fiery Interview

I had Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley on my radio show today to talk about the #NoDAPL protests, and he didn’t pull any punches. The full audio of the interview is below. I asked Wrigley about Governor Jack Dalrymple’s recent clarification of an evacuation order for illegal protest camps on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property.

Law enforcement responds to rioting protesters at the Backwater Bridge along North Dakota Highway 1806.

Photos and Video: Approximately 400 #NoDAPL Protesters Riot on Backwater Bridge (With Updates)

“Law enforcement is currently involved in an ongoing riot on the Backwater Bridge, north of a protest camp in Morton County,” reads a press release from Morton County which just dropped in my inbox (read the whole thing below). “Protesters in mass amounts, estimated to be around 400, are on the bridge and attempting to

Police and protestors scuffle Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Audio: ND Gov. Dalrymple Responds to Obama on Pipeline, “It’s Been Playing Out for More Than a Year”

“The company will be finished laying pipe in North Dakota by this weekend,” Governor Jack Dalrymple told me this afternoon about the Dakota Access Pipeline project. That was an echo of comments he made last week. The Governor believes all construction on the pipeline, aside from the very short portion of it crossing under the