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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

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

Podcast: Fargo Forum Editor Talks About New Policy Treating Some Letters to the Editor as Advertising

“We are going to try and use our best judgment.” That’s what Fargo Forum editor Matthew Von Pinnon told me during a radio interview yesterday (full audio of the show below) about a new policy, embraced by Forum Communications newspapers, of charging for some types of letters to the editor. Full disclosure: I’m employed by Forum

There Is No Other Word for This Than Censorship

Student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead have censored prominent conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. Specifically, they have voted to rescind funding for Shapiro’s speech which had previously been approved back in November as my colleagues Kim Hyatt and Patrick Springer report in the Fargo Forum. The cost of the speech was $7,080. A vote of

Dallas Cowboys players kneel together with their arms locked prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas USA TODAY Sports

John Andrist: Free Speech Requires Dilligence

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. I don’t remember hearing those words as a child. But I remember my parents using the admonition to mollify my little brother. Our family was sometimes a warring bunch, and when Willie came along he was an easy target for three siblings

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