Tag Archives: election 2016

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on Monday, July 11, for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.. Photo by Mike McCleary/Bismarck Tribune

Down With Initiated Measures, Because All American Policymaking Should Be Subject to Checks and Balances

Down With Initiated Measures, Because All American Policymaking Should Be Subject to Checks and Balances

A week ago, in my Sunday newspaper column (here’s the Dickinson Press version), I questioned the wisdom of legislating at the ballot box through the initiated measure process. Today a letter writer to the Fargo Forum takes me to task for my argument. “I was disappointed to read Rob Port’s Marsy’s Law column,” Dennis Ell writes.

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Let’s Be Cautious About Purging “Fake News” From the Internet

In the days since Donald Trump stunned the world by winning a national election few thought he could we’ve seen his detractors grasp for explanations for that turn of events. Anything allowing them to ignore what seems obvious, which is that millions and millions of Americans got fed up with the American left’s obsession with identity politics,

District 42 Rep. Kylie Oversen is recognized as woman of the year by the North Dakota Women’s Network. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

It Really Was Your Fault, Kylie Oversen

State Senator George Sinner has announced, despite his previous indications, that he won’t be seeking a recount in his District 46 re-election race against Republican challenger Jim Roers. Now that absentee ballots have been counted Roers gained one vote on Sinner, bringing his lead up to a razor-thin 37 votes, and as long as that

North Dakota Governor-elect Doug Burgum speaks to the audience Tuesday, Nov.8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

This Is Why Republicans Have Dominated Government in North Dakota for More Than Two Decades

One popular bit of mythology often espoused by Democrats here in North Dakota is that the “Republican super majority” in state government marches in lock step to advance some sort of extreme right-wing agenda. They’re fond of suggesting that the state government marches in tune to edicts from House Majority Leader Al Carlson and “big

Forum Communications Reporter to Join Governor-Elect Doug Burgum’s Administration

Big news today from Governor-elect Doug Burgum. Forum News Service reporter Mike Nowatzki will be joining his team as communications director according to a press release which just went out. Full disclosure, I also work for the Forum News Service and Nowatzki is a colleague of mine. “With a deep understanding of North Dakota’s challenges

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston, Texas in this April 21, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Daniel Kramer

Kevin Cramer: Oil Giant Harold Hamm on “a Very Short List” to Head Trump’s Department of Energy

Whatever you may think of Donald Trump, there is no question that his election has delighted players in North Dakota’s biggest industries, energy and agriculture. On energy, specifically,Trump’s election has probably cleared the Obama-created red tape holding up the Dakota Access Pipeline, and could mean a resurrection of the Keystone XL project as well. And

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington Nov. 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Campuses Weaponize Victimhood After Trump Election

On Friday I had NDSU psychology professor Clay Routledge on my radio program (full audio below) to talk about all these universities offering counseling and therapy services to students after Donald Trump won the election. It happened at NDSU, though perhaps less egregiously than at some of the country’s other campuses, but I think it