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New citizens take the oath of allegiance at a naturalization ceremony held at the New-York Historical Society, Sept. 18, 2017. A program by the New-York Historical Society uses art to help green card holders prepare for the naturalization test. (Devin Yalkin/The New York Times)

Survey Says Most North Dakotans Would Flunk the U.S. Citizenship Test

Survey Says Most North Dakotans Would Flunk the U.S. Citizenship Test

According to a survey commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, most North Dakotans can’t pass the citizenship test immigrants must take to gain residency in the United States. But that’s not unusual. Almost all of the states would flunk the test, according to the data. In fact, North Dakota had the 9th highest scores in

Governor Doug Burgum

Read It: State Auditor Report Says Burgum Administration Has Misused State Aircraft

Earlier this year news broke that Auditor Josh Gallion was reviewing Governor Doug Burgum’s administration’s use of state aircraft. This has earned Gallion some attacks in the press and elsewhere, yet some preliminary reports (such as Lt. Governor Brent Sanford being flown across the state for a coin flip) sure seemed to indicate that there

Grand Forks attorney David Thompson is escorted to the podium to accept the ND Democratic party's nomination to run for Attorney General. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Podcast: Democratic Attorney General Candidate Says Stenehjem, Dalrymple Violated Bribery Statutes

This last weekend Grand Forks attorney David Thompson was endorsed by the North Dakota Democratic Party as their candidate for Attorney General. Today on my radio show Thompson told me the incumbent Attorney General, Wayne Stenehjem, as well as former Governor Jack Dalrymple are both guilty of taking bribes. “I’m accusing Governor Jack Dalrymple and

Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) speaks on the floor of the state House of Representatives in 2015. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Democrats Are Right to Worry About Property Tax Hike

Back during his gubernatorial campaign last year Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) warned that the state’s budget problems could result in property tax hikes. “[T]his is shaping up to be one of the largest property tax increases that people are ever going to be able to remember in history,” he said almost a year ago. “Everyone

House Minority Leader Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks) speaks in favor of overturning Governor Doug Burgum's veto of a bill limiting executive branch bonuses.

Video: House Lawmakers Vote to Override Burgum’s Veto of Bonus Legislation

Earlier today I wrote a post, based on conversations with lawmakers in Bismarck, that Governor Doug Burgum’s veto of legislation limiting executive branch bonuses would likely be sustained. The lawmakers told me that the House would vote to override the veto pretty handily, but that in the Senate an override vote would likely fail. The

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks with cabinet members on his first day of office at the state Captiol in Bismarck. File photo / Forum News Service

Lawmakers Say Burgum’s Veto of Bonus Bill Likely to Be Sustained

Earlier this week Governor Doug Burgum vetoed HB1153, legislation aimed at capping bonuses for executive branch employees. The bill was born in some controversy. Back in late 2015 nearly $100,000 in bonuses handed out by former Governor Jack Dalrymple They went to five employees, with Dalrymple arguing that they were needed to keep those employees

Doug Burgum, then a candidate for Governor of North Dakota, visits with Rick Burgum and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at the annual Sioux Awards on October 13, 2016 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Burgum Vetoes Bill Aimed at Restricting Bonuses

Back in late 2015 nearly $100,000 in bonuses handed out by former Governor Jack Dalrymple caused no small amount of controversy in the state. They went to five employees, including nearly $32,000 to Chief of Staff Ron Rauschenberger (who has stayed on on current Governor Doug Burgum’s transition into office). Dalrymple’s spokesman Jeff Zent defended the

Democratic House Minority Leader Corey Mock

North Dakota Democrats Have Some Good Ideas on Transparency and Accountability Laws

The North Dakota Democratic party, already marginalized by voters in state politics, suffered even more devastating losses this last election day. In addition to losing every single statewide election by a landslide – not a single one of their candidates got even 30 percent of the vote – they lost seven seats in the state

Is the Fight to Keep BreatheND About Public Health or Big Salaries for Bureaucrats?

North Dakota needs to find ways to save money. In his final budget address to the Legislature in December former Governor Jack Dalrymple proposed eliminating the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control. You know them as BreatheND, purveyors of those obnoxious and pervasive anti-smoking ads. Yesterday Governor Doug Burgum proposed his own tweaks to Dalrymple’s

Fargo businessman Doug Burgum during a debate with Wayne Stenehjem at Avalon Events Center in Fargo on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Burgum Cuts Dalrymple’s Budget by Another $159 Million

Last month, shortly before leaving office, former Governor Jack Dalrymple delivered an executive budget to the Legislature. Which is a little unusual, that the outgoing governor would get to write a budget for the first two years of the incoming governor’s term in office. But it is what it is. Anyway, since his State of