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The Goal of Gender Parity in Elected Office Is as Dumb as It Is Insulting

The Goal of Gender Parity in Elected Office Is as Dumb as It Is Insulting

Voters in North Dakota have no problem casting ballots for female candidates. We know this because women routinely win elections at the state and local levels. It’s absolutely true that there are more men then women in elected office in our state. But then it’s also true that a lot more men than women choose

ND Secretary of State Al Jaeger leaves the podium after his speech seeking the Republican nomination for the office he's held since 1993. Jaeger lost the nomination to Will Gardner at Saturday's convention. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Podcast: Jaeger Talks About Re-Entering Secretary of State Race After Gardner Campaign Implodes

“When that news broke it changed everything.” That’s what incumbent Secretary of State Al Jaeger told me on my radio show today. He was referring to news that erstwhile Republican Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner, who had defeated Jaeger for the NDGOP’s endorsement earlier this month, was stopping his campaign amid scandal. Jaeger said

City Commission candidates, from left, Tim Flakoll, incumbent Tony Gehrig, Liz Maddock-Johnson, Kelan Oster, incumbent Dave Piepkorn and Mike Williams participate in a forum Tuesday, May 8, at North Dakota State College of Science in Fargo. Kim Hyatt/The Forum

Vote for Women Because They’re Smart and Qualified Not Because They’re Women

The politics of identity is the worst sort of politics. A recent example, columnist Jane Ahlin insisting that Fargo citizens ought to vote for women in the municipality’s city commission race simply because they’re women. Cutting through the torturous metaphor about the Kingdom of Ograf (Fargo backwards), Ahlin says people who voted against past female

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig stands along Broadway on Wednesday, May 2, in a neighborhood that had large special assessments to pay for street reconstruction. He's put forth a plan to eliminate special assessments by the city. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Tony Gehrig: The Dirty Little Secrets of Special Assessments

This guest post was submitted by Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig Special assessments or “specials” have been around for a long time in Fargo. So long that people have come to accept them as an unchangeable reality. Despite being around since well before I was born, there are still some dirty little secrets that you

More than 200 attended the Districts 11, 13, 16, 21, 22, 27, 41, 44, 45 and 46 Democratic Convention at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School on Feb. 3. John Hageman / Forum News Service

North Dakota Democrats Continue to See Weak Turnout for Their District Conventions

“High turnout for Democratic convention in Fargo,” reads the headline over a weekend article by Wendy Reuer. Unfortunately, the headline is inaccurate. Little more than a regurgitation of talking points put out by the political activists on hand. “At least 200 voters attended the convention,” Reuer writes, and while that’s not a bad crowd, it’s

Macy Hornung was asked to leave Fargo’s new Chick-fil-A restaurant for breast-feeding her 7-month-old daughter, Ziggy, setting off a social media firestorm. David Samson / The Forum

Can the Government Force Private Property Owners to Allow Breastfeeding?

In Fargo there is controversy over a nursing mother who was asked to leave a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Media reporting on incident references a state law, passed during the 2009 session, which protections the right of mothers to breastfeed on public property or on private property that’s open to the public. Here’s the specific language from

Nicole Mattson of Moorhead leads Indivisible FM, a group that formed following the election of Donald Trump to push back against his agenda. David Samson / The Forum

Fargo Left Wingers Plan Protest for Something Which Hasn’t Actually Happened Yet

Indivisible Fargo-Moorhead, a left-wing group organized to resist the policies of Republicans, is organizing an event in Fargo protesting President Donald Trump’s firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Only, that hasn’t actually happened yet. In fact, President Trump has said he’s not even considering such a thing. A reader tipped me off to the event: @robport

Fargo, N.D., City Commissioner Tony Gehrig listens to Commissioner Dave Piepkorn speak about Gehrig's plan to cut the city's property taxes by 20-percent during a city commissioner's meeting at the Civic Center on Monday, July 20, 2015. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig Claims Someone Is Impersonating Him in Negative Reviews of Local Businesses

In a Facebook post put up last night Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig claims someone is impersonating him on the internet. “So someone has created an account named ‘T Gehrig’ here in Fargo giving some 60 or so local businesses and charities 1 star reviews,” he wrote. “I’m sure it has nothing to do with

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, left and Mayor Tim Mahoney listen to a discussion. Forum file photo

Tony Gehrig: Incentives Don’t Lower Property Taxes

I do not blame any company for seeking incentives. Rather, I blame the government for giving them away. Incentives represent an unfair and unsustainable tax system that affects real people. Some proponents, mainly those receiving the incentives, are attempting to rebrand incentives as a good thing for everyone. Many even advocate for expanding them even

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