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Podcast: Catholics Say Measure 1 Might Make Churches Report on Donations to Collection Plates

Podcast: Catholics Say Measure 1 Might Make Churches Report on Donations to Collection Plates

Christopher Dodson is the executive director of the North Dakota Catholic Conference. His organization opposes Measure 1, the so-called “ethics” or “anti-corruption” ballot measure, and part of the argument he made to me on the radio show was interesting. He noted that the measure (full text here) requires any organization spending more than $200 on

Print Column: Don’t Take My Word for It, ACLU Says Measure 1 Is an Affront to Free Speech

MINOT, N.D.—Last month I wrote in this column that Measure 1, the so-called “anti-corruption” amendment put on the November ballot thanks to professional petitioners paid mostly by a group of Hollywood celebrities, was an affront to the First Amendment. The left-wing supporters of the measure scoffed when I made that argument. I saw feedback to

Print Column: Measure 1 Is an Affront to the First Amendment

MINOT, N.D.—A group calling themselves the North Dakotans for Public Integrity is backing Measure 1, a constitutional ballot measure sold as an “anti-corruption amendment.” Yet the NDPI aren’t really North Dakotans so much as a local front group for Hollywood activists, judging by their financial disclosures, and their proposed amendment isn’t “anti-corruption” so much as

Stop Creating False Equivalency Between Lawful Speakers and Those Who Try to Silence Them

Over the weekend there was a demonstration organized by 2nd amendment supporters in opposition to a proposed ballot measure instituting new gun control laws. They held what they branded as a “Liberty or Death” rally outside of Seattle’s city hall. They were targeted by left-wind demonstrators who showed up and tried to disrupt the rally.

Gale McCray, 74, of Fort Worth, Texas, holds his sign protesting President Trump on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at the intersection of Main Avenue and Second Street, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Don’t Blame Trump for Fargo Rally Costs Unless You’re Also Willing to Blame Anti-Trump Protesters

Kudos to Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney for requesting quantification for the expenses related to President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Fargo. Now that law enforcement officials have had the chance to add the numbers up, we learn that the visit cost about $104,000. I suspect that figure is a little bloated. According to Helmut Schmidt’s

File photo: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds a daily briefing, at the White House in Washington, Oct. 20, 2017. Tom Brenner/The New York Times Copyright 2017 The New York Times.

Political Disagreement Is Not Justification for Harassment

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters said recently. What she’s calling for his more harassment of

Duane Sand

Charging Legislative Candidate Duane Sand With a Crime for Making a False Statement in a Political Ad Is a Travesty

Earlier this year Duane Sand, who ran for both the U.S. House and Senate on behalf of the NDGOP in previous cycles and once gave me one of the most colorful comments I’ve ever received in my political writing career, challenged two incumbent Republican lawmakers in the District 47 (Bismarck) House race. I’m a believer

Radio host Joel Heitkamp and his sister U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp

In Defense of Joel Heitkamp

It’s obvious to any honest observer that talk radio host Joel Heitkamp operates the radio station he manages as a de facto media arm for his sister Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s re-electon campaign. This includes the male Heitkamp acting as a surrogate for the Senator and attacking her critics. Including, most recently, me. The Washington Free Beacon

Print Column: I’m a Dangerous Nazi (Allegedly)

MINOT, N.D. — I’m a dangerous Nazi. That’s according to a professor at Minot State University who was supposed to moderate an event I’d been invited to speak at by Dr. Robert Kibler who chairs the Department of Foreign Languages, Humanities, and Literature there. Kibler told me the colleague he’d chosen to moderate the event

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