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Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

North Dakota Gets $10 Million Grant From the Feds to Help Pay for #NoDAPL Protest Costs

North Dakota Gets $10 Million Grant From the Feds to Help Pay for #NoDAPL Protest Costs

In a print column earlier this month I noted that the State of North Dakota had applied, in June, for $13.8 million in funding from the Justice Department’s Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program. The intent of the request is to request some of the state’s roughly $38 million in costs resulting from the violent #NoDAPL

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Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senators Hoeven, Heitkamp Back Serious Threat to Internet Freedom

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (the common name for Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which, in turn, was an amendment of the Communications Act of 1934) is one of the most important pieces of public policy for the internet. Here’s what it says: “No provider or user of an interactive

Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Heitkamp Has Gone From the 61st Most Popular Senator to the 11th, Hoeven Approval Has Fallen

Back in April of 2016 North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp had a 50 percent approval rating, and a 35 percent disapproval rating, making her the 61st most popular member of the United States Senate according to polling by Morning Consult. But since Heitkamp pretty much launched her 2018 re-election bid in January, leaving her to campaign

Sen. John Hoeven. File photo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Audio: Senator John Hoeven Takes Questions on Health Care/Health Insurance Reform

Senator John Hoeven was on my radio show today for a full hour taking questions and comments about health care and health insurance reform. He’s taken some criticism for failing to hold town hall events on this subject. I was happy to offer my show as a platform for dialogue, though I hope the Senator

Sen. John Hoeven accepts the endorsement for U.S. Senate during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Senator John Hoeven Taking Your Questions on Health Care Reform Today

Senator John Hoeven has come under fire from critics over the health care issue. Voters want to know where he stands. They want a chance to question him. After reading this letter to the editor calling on Hoeven to host a town hall to take questions about this issue I reached out to him and

Senator Heidi Heitkamp JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

Senator Heitkamp Sided With Her Party Over North Dakota

I’ve always thought that, when a politician casts a controversial vote, an explanation before that vote is cast is worth a lot more than a justification after the fact. In this op/ed column Senator Heidi Heitkamp does a lot of justifying of her recent vote against overturning an Obama era emissions rule which the state’s

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Wow: Senator Heidi Heitkamp Says She’ll Vote to Keep Obama’s Duplicative, Harmful Methane Rule

UPDATE: The final Senate vote on this was 51-49. It failed. Had Heitkamp voted the other way the tie would have been settled in favor of passing the CRA with Vice President Pence’s vote. On his way out the door earlier this year former President Barack Obama committed an act of regulatory vandalism. He instituted a

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Senator Hoeven: North Dakota May Get $15 Million in Federal Funds to Pay for #NoDAPL Protest Response

As of February of this year the cost of North Dakota’s state and local response to the often violent, often unlawful #NoDAPL protests was some $33 million (through February). State officials, including Governor Doug Burgum, have insisted that the federal government should reimburse the state for those costs. “I believe North Dakota taxpayers should be paying zero

Governor Doug Burgum The Forum

Poll Says Doug Burgum Is Third Most Popular Governor in America, Hoeven and Heitkamp Also Get Strong Numbers

According to a poll by Morning Consult, North Dakota’s Doug Burgum is the third most popular governor in America. In polling conducted from January to March of 2017, Burgum put up a 69 percent approval rating with just 16 percent saying they disapprove. That’s up significantly from the 53 percent approval Governor Jack Dalrymple got

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

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