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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring (left) and former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley pose with a drone on a 2016 trade mission to Israel. Special to The Forum

Podcast: Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring Says Trump’s Trade Efforts “Really Starting to Play Out Pretty Well”

Podcast: Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring Says Trump’s Trade Efforts “Really Starting to Play Out Pretty Well”

On Friday I interviewed North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on my radio show. Earlier in the week I had interviewed his opponent this election year, state Senator Jim Dotzenrod, who was actually quite complimentary of the incumbent. “He’s been pretty good at his job,” Dotzenrod told me. “I like Jim,” Goehring said for his

Podcast: Democratic Ag Commisioner Candidate Praises Republican Incumbent: “He’s Been Pretty Good at His Job”

State Senator Jim Dotzenrod, the Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner this election cycle, joined me on air today and in a surprise twist spent a lot of time praising incumbent Republican Doug Goehring. “He’s been pretty good at his job,” Dotzenrod told me. “I suspect he and I feel the same way on some of

Raising Taxes on Businesses Is a Good Way to Hurt North Dakota

North Dakota is very much beholden to commodity prices. Our state is dominated by industries which produce products – be they crops or coal or oil – of variable value. Oil prices are, in particular, notoriously volatile as our lawmakers in Bismarck slashing budgets to make up for revenue shortfalls are well aware of. This

North Dakota House minority leader Rep. Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks) TOM STROMME/Tribune

Leave It to Democrats to Refer to a $591 Million Oil Tax Increase as a Cut

When Democrats see spending growth slow they call it a spending cut. When Democrats don’t get as large a tax hike as they’d like they call it a tax cut. Back in 2015 state lawmakers, over the protests of most of the Democratic caucus, passed a reform bill for oil taxes removing a massive exemption

Dwight Cook: North Dakota Democrats Rewriting History On The Oil Tax

The famous sociologist and politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” These words were never more appropriate than in reference to the recent column by State Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, D-Wyndmere. Dotzenrod would have readers believe that the 2015 Legislature cut oil taxes, but nothing

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Jason Heitkamp: Dotzenrod Has It All Wrong On The Oil Tax

Recently Senator Jim Dotzenrod, a Democrat from North Dakota’s District 26, wrote an editorial about how he believes North Dakota erred badly by cutting the oil tax. He stated that this tax cut will mean billions less for critical water projects, infrastructure development, K-12, property tax relief, higher education and the state’s Legacy Fund. Consider

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North Dakota Is Creating A Special Fund For Suing The Federal Government

North Dakota is a state where the economy is dominated by industry. Agriculture and energy, specifically. As such, there is always a lot of tension between the state and the federal government when it comes to regulating those industries. Generally, the State of North Dakota and its industries would just as soon the federal government

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 3, 5, 38, 40 and 26 Minot Area and Southeast ND Area Guide

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. Note: As District Convention season gets into full swing, these posts will

North Dakota Senate Mid-Session Legislative Vote Ranking

Yesterday we published a ranking of North Dakota House members based on what we considered to be key votes from the first half of the session. Today we’re publishing the Senate version of that ranking. What you’ll notice, right off the bat, is that the House is a lot more conservative than the Senate. That

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