Tag Archives: Grand Forks Herald

Dickinson Reps. Alan Fehr, front right, and Vicky Steiner, front second right, both Republican, look over emails and legislative documents on Monday while listening to debate in the House Chambers at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Press Photo by April Baumgarten

North Dakota’s Legislature Needs to Meet Every Year

North Dakota’s Legislature Needs to Meet Every Year

“Whether it’s relatively equal sessions each year or a flexible approach that other states used in transition doesn’t really matter. It’s time for the North Dakota Legislature to meet annually,” the Grand Forks Herald argues in an editorial today. “It’s time for the North Dakota Legislature to meet annually.” The impetus for the Herald’s position is the

North Dakota Democrats Ripped In Newspaper Editorials For Being Irrelevant

The North Dakota Democrats are “embarrassing” says the Grand Forks Herald in an editorial today. “[T]hey seem to have written off this year’s elections already,” writes Tom Dennis: It will surprise no one when we say that the Democratic Party in North Dakota is weak. That’s exactly why the party now needs a look in

How Is Subsidizing Mostly Empty Flights To Devils Lake A Good Deal For The Taxpayers?

On Sunday Grand Forks Herald reporter Kevin Bonham published an article about Essential Air Subsidies for flights to and from Devils Lake (he also wrote about Thief River Falls, but Minnesota isn’t my beat so I’ll leave them out). Bonham’s article portrays the subsidies as a success in Devils Lake. “Commercial airline passengers—counting those both arriving and

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Grand Forks Herald: Heidi Heitkamp Vote To Filibuster Sanctuary City Sanctions Was "Misguided"

Earlier this week I flagged a vote by Senator Heidi Heitkamp to filibuster legislation which would put federal sanctions on so-called “sanctuary cities” which flout immigration laws. It was an interesting vote for Heitkamp, both in that it continues her utter hypocrisy on the filibuster (she was against filibusters until she was in the political

Credit The Legislature, Not UND, For Protecting Fraternity Students

“UND deserves great credit for choosing not to launch its own investigation of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity,” writes the Grand Forks Herald editorial board today. “In making that choice, the university accepted conclusions made by the local and university police, made a judgment for a fraternity over a reported member of an historically oppressed minority group

Columns: Bring On The Voter Registration And Downsize Minot's City Council

I have a couple of newspaper columns published today that I thought I’d flag here on the blog as well. First, in the Grand Forks Herald, I write about the voter registration issue. North Dakota is the only state in the nation without voter registration. The Legislature is studying the issue during the interim, but so


We Need To Stop Using the Term "Oil Boom"

The Grand Forks Herald today has an excellent editorial about why we need to lift America’s archaic and ill-advised ban on exporting oil. “Trade constraints twist the market in ways that leave the population worse off,” writes opinion editor Tom Dennis on behalf of the Herald. “Easing constraints untangles the twists, encourages investment and lets producers meet

When The Policy Is Good, The Motivations Are Irrelevant

The Grand Forks Herald today takes aim at HB1181, introduced by Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot), which was the subject of a heated hearing before the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee earlier this week. “Streyle’s wrong about the “very simple” reason he ascribes — namely, his and his party’s supposedly deep desire to let North Dakota voters