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The Public Will Eventually Lose Patience With Republican Stupidity

The Public Will Eventually Lose Patience With Republican Stupidity

Every time a Republican elected official makes headline with some stupid social media post or Republicans nominate a peeping tom for statewide office, or object to a non-Christian invocation at the Legislature, or accuses a sitting Congresswoman of being trained by the same group responsible for the 9/11 attacks, some credibility is lost. Continue reading…

The southwestern corner of North Dakota is in the Mountain time zone, but a group of legislators is renewing a push to put the whole state in Central time. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation

North Dakota Isn’t Going to Change Its Time Zones

SAB readers will remember that North Dakota’s 2017 legislative session included a debate over time zones. SB2167 that session would have ended daylight savings time in our state, and moved the entire state into the central time zone. It failed in the state Senate on a 11-33 vote with no debate. In the 2019 session

Measure 1 proponents Susan Wefald and Dina Butcher, left, sit on a panel with opponents Geoff Simon and state Rep. Jim Kasper, right. The panel was hosted in Bismarck by the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce.

Asking Tough Questions Isn’t Bias

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate a debate over Measure 1 at the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce’s annual Policy Summit. It’s a great event, and we had a great discussion, but a letter to the editor in the Fargo Forum yesterday criticized my performance as moderator. “The first sign of this

Will Gardner, pictured, plans to challenge incumbent Al Jaeger at the upcoming North Dakota Republican convention. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Dustin Gawrylow: Attacks on Gardner Are Petty and Vindictive

This guest post was submitted by Bismarck resident Dustin Gawrylow. This weekend there are two races at the North Dakota Republican Party state convention that really matter: nominations for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of State. I have personally known Will Gardner for many years, and have had enough in depth discussions

Secretary of State Al Jaeger gestures while testifying on a bill to designate the capitol's Memorial Hall into state statute with that official name. Jaeger was testifying in front of the the House political subdivisions committee on Wednesday morning. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Rep. Jim Kasper: Setting the Record Straight on Secretary of State Al Jaeger

This guest post was submitted by Rep. Jim Kasper of District 46. I was pleased to read and totally concur with the column that Jack Zaleski wrote in the Sunday, April 1st Forum, regarding the true record of service by Secretary of State Al Jaeger for the people of North Dakota. In his article, Zaleski correctly exposes the tactics by Jaeger’s opponent, Mr. WillGardner, during Gardner’s campaign to unseat Secretary Jaeger. Zaleski points

Fargo Rep. Mary Schneider, a Democrat, speaks against voter ID legislation on the floor of the North Dakota House of Representatives on February 2, 2017.

Video: Democratic Lawmaker Says Raising Voter Fraud Penalty Is “Mean Spirited” and “Voter Intimidation”

After a federal court stuck down North Dakota’s voter ID law last year the state was forced to go back to an old system of letting people without valid ID’s cast their ballots using affidavits attesting to their identity. Today lawmakers took up HB1369 (see it below) which seeks to implement a more secure sort

Rep. Mark Owens, a Republican from Grand Forks, argues in favor of his legislation to require just one license plate on North Dakota vehicles.

Video: After a Lengthy Debate ND House Votes Down Bill Requiring Just One Auto License Plate

The North Dakota House of Representatives today took up HB1084, sponsored by Rep. Mark Owens of Grand Forks. The legislation, had it passed, would have ended the requirement for two license plates on North Dakota vehicles instead requiring just one. Unfortunately, despite a lengthy debate, it didn’t pass. You can watch video of the entire

Kirsten Diederich, then the president of the State Board of Higher Education, stands alongside interim Chancellor Larry Skogen on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, in Fargo. Skogen has since gone back to his position as president of Bismarck State College. Forum file photo

Audio: Democratic Legislative Candidate Says She’s Supporting Republican Gov Candidate, Wants Ethics Commission

Kirsten Diederich is a former president of the State Board of Higher Education and a long time contributor to Republican political campaigns in our state. She’s also running for the state House in District 46 as a Democrat. The District 46 races seem to be one Democrats are targeting, with Kasper seen as a vulnerable

Jim Kasper

Audio: State Lawmaker Says Local Governments Have to “Right Size” to Address Property Taxes

On yesterday’s radio show I interviewed state Rep. Jim Kasper, a Republican running for re-election in District 46. Among other things we discussed the two Republicans-turned-Democrats who are challenging for the state House in that district this cycle. Kasper said they’re guilty of “sour grapes” after one of them lost a previous competition in the

FILE PHOTO: Current governor's residence. (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

Don’t Let Grandstanding Lawmakers Delay Governor’s Residence Project

The governor’s residence on the capitol grounds in Bismarck has always been a fraught political topic. For years state lawmakers, led in some ways by Rep. Jim Kasper of Fargo (who has a guest post on this topic on SAB today as well), have pushed to build a new residence. The old one has a