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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

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

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook

Video: Legislature Sends Constitutional Carry Bill to Governor Doug Burgum

The state Senate today easily passed HB1169, a “constitutional carry” bill introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck). The bill essentially allows for any North Dakota citizen to carry concealed unless they are otherwise restricted from possessing/carrying a firearm by law. There were a couple of tweaks made at the behest of law enforcement. For one,

We Shouldn’t Force Students to Read the Federalist Papers

Today HB1337, introduced by Rep. Mike Schatz (R-New England), got a hearing in the Senate Education Committee (it passed a floor vote in the House last month on a narrow 47-42 vote). It’s a simple piece of legislation. It would make the Federalist Papers required reading for North Dakota students. I get why Schatz introduced

Senator Erin Oban speaks against legislation dissolving BreatheND, the State of North Dakota's anti-tobacco agency.

Video: Senate Votes to Kill BreatheND

The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control is a state agency you know better, from their obnoxiously preachy and almost ubiquitous advertising, as BreatheND. The agency was created back in 2008 by a ballot measure, and it was funded by a portion of our state’s settlement dollars from the class action lawsuits against

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Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) speaks to lawmakers in support of Republican legislation to address the state's budget shortfall during a special session this week. Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota Democrats Wanted to Drain North Dakota’s Reserve Funds to Avoid Spending Cuts

As I noted earlier, there was a lot of grandstanding in the state Senate today as Democrats proposed amendments to the Republican budget fix bill which they knew would be rejected, and then subsequently characterized that rejection as Republicans being insufficiently compassionate about the elderly and infirm, etc., etc. Here, from Bismarck Senator Erin Oban,

Looming Budget Fight Illustrates How Dumb North Dakota's Approach To Property Tax Relief Has Been

Yesterday North Dakota’s Democrats, as they are wont to do in election years, demanded a special session of the legislature to address spending reductions. They apparently think even the modest 4.04 percent spending allotments announced in February by Governor Jack Dalrymple go too far. But what caught my eye was this tweet from  state Senator

Video: North Dakota Senate Passes Oil Tax Reform Bill

It was a large video file to upload so it may be a couple of minutes before it appears After roughly three hours of debate, during which Senate Democrats worked to wring every possible drop of political theater out of the proceedings, the state Senate tonight passed an oil tax reform bill as amended in

Video: Senate Passes Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill Without Any Evidence Of Discrimination

The Senate today voted on SB2279, which is the same prohibition on discrimination towards homosexuals that Democrats have been offering for multiple sessions now. The bill would make it illegal to discriminate against gays in employment, housing, or in offering public services. Meaning that if this legislation passes, it would be illegal in North Dakota

Bill Would End Practice Of Obscuring Political Contributions Through "Conduits"

In recent election cycles a development in the method of political contributions has confounded those of us who transparency. It’s the use of “conduits” to funnel money to candidates. Democrats make the biggest use of conduits here in North Dakota. Their candidates, and even their political party, push supporters to contribute to a group called