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Governor Doug Burgum opened North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly on Tuesday afternoon in front of a joint session of the legislature where he delivered the State of the State address. Gov. Burgum touched on a number of topics in the address but a continuing theme was lifelong education. "Learning begins with humility. Everyone has something to teach us," he said. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

It’s Not Appropriate to Sell Access to Governor Burgum’s State of the State Address

It’s Not Appropriate to Sell Access to Governor Burgum’s State of the State Address

It’s a little unusual for a North Dakota Governor to deliver a “state of the state” address in a year when the Legislature isn’t in session. The Governor’s address to lawmakers at the beginning of their session every other year is required by law. But Governor Doug Burgum’s decision to deliver a “state of the

Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands in 1885. Theodoore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Ed Schafer: Heidi Heitkamp Could Learn a Lot From Teddy Roosevelt

The news filtered in to North Dakota with a story about U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) getting together for breakfast to talk about their bi-partisan work.  As I listened to the broadcast it became clear to me that they came together with the bipartisan effort to derail Republicans’ efforts to respond

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Report From 2016 Alleges Inappropriate Language, Gender Bias From NDUS Chancellor

Until last week Lisa Feldner was a vice chancellor in the North Dakota University System, but Chancellor Mark Hagerott fired her. Allegedly for “making derogatory comments to staff” and “suggesting they could lose their jobs,” my colleague Patrick Springer reported yesterday. I’m told by university system sources that Feldner was fired by email but then

Doug Burgum, right, winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday, holds a press conference with running mate Brent Sanford on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Podcast: Governor Doug Burgum Says North Dakotans Love President Trump for His “Straight Talk”

President Donald Trump earned nearly 63 of the vote in North Dakota last year, and earlier this year a Gallup poll showed he was more popular in this state than any other not named West Virginia. Why do North Dakotans like Trump so much? I asked Governor Doug Burgum that question today on my radio

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the campaign trail during the 2016 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, N.D. Forum News Service file photo

Ed Schafer: Trump Should Emulate North Dakota on Tax Reform

It’s a great day in North Dakota and I welcome President Trump to the Bismarck and Mandan communities. My hope is he learns about the ND experience and how the tax and regulation policies that have been instituted since the 1990s prepared a foundation for lower cost government, deficit spending elimination and increased business investment

Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer

Congressman Cramer Introduces Bill to Name Fargo Research Center After Former Governor Ed Schafer

Last week North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer introduced a bill in Congress – HR2154 – which would rename the USDA’s Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center after former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer. “The Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, shall hereafter be known and designated as the ‘Edward T. Schafer

State Senator Diane Larson (R-Bismarck) speaks in favor of SB2152.

Video: Senate Passes Bill Closing Down Some Public Access to Job Applicant Information

Earlier today former Governor Ed Schafer wrote a post for SAB about SB2152. He’s in favor of it, arguing that North Dakota will get more and better applications for public jobs if we don’t make those applications a public record until the final hiring round. Today the state Senate voted in favor of it as

Ed Schafer: SB2152 Will Result in Better Government

A Fargo FORUM editorial screams: “Reject bill that would invite secrecy.” It seems to me their tirade points to why nobody reads the newspapers anymore! Concerning Senate Bill 2152, nothing could be farther from the truth. The proposed public policy that would be generated by this legislative action regards protecting the privacy of applicants for

Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer speaking on the phone during his time as interim President at the University of North Dakota

Audio: Former Gov. Ed Schafer Says Nursing Home Tax Bill “Is Stupid”

On Friday I had former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer on my radio show, and he didn’t mince any words when it came to his thoughts on a proposed tax on nursing home beds. “This tax on long term care residents is stupid,” he told me, adding that proponents of the tax have been “trying

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

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