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Will North Dakota Democrats Spend Their Money Supporting This Trump-Loving Conservative Politician Again?

Will North Dakota Democrats Spend Their Money Supporting This Trump-Loving Conservative Politician Again?

Michael Coachman, a regular if marginal candidate for statewide office in North Dakota, has announced yet another campaign. In 2020 he’ll be running for governor, taking on incumbent Republican Doug Burgum (who hasn’t announced yet but has been polling his candidacy) and an eventual Democratic candidate. Good for Coachman, I think. His past campaigns have

Rep. Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, announces his candidacy for North Dakota secretary of state at a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Abovo Events, 218 Broadway, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Democratic Lawmaker Suggests New Ethics Commission Could Regulate Speech of Elected Officials

Politicians say stupid things. That’s not exactly breaking news. Sometimes the stupid things they say rise to the level of being offensive. What’s to be done about it? That’s a question Bismarck Tribune reporter Jack Dura asks with a recent article about some North Dakota politicians who write stupid things on social media. What’s interesting is

House Majority Leader Rep. Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, left, and Minority Leader Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s Legislature Doesn’t Set Family Leave Policy for Private Businesses and That’s a Good Thing

Recently Bismarck Tribune reporter Jack Dura had a very good report about the amount of pay approved for lawmakers who miss days during the legislative session. As I wrote previously, the amount paid really wasn’t very much, and most of the leave was for perfectly reasonable things like illness and, in one instance, a pregnancy. It’s

Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, front, talks about specific issues on the 2019 legislative agenda for the state Democratic-NPL Party during a press conference at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Also commenting were, from left, Sen. Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford; Sen. Tim Mathern, D-Fargo; Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo; and Sen. Kathy Hogen, D-Fargo. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Losers Don’t Get to Be Choosers, Democrats

The Legislature has been organizing its interim committees of late, and a tradition for Democrats during this time is to spend a bunch of time whining about committee assignments. This time around, state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo) is insinuating that Republicans purposefully excluded Democrats, and women specifically, from appointments to chair interim committees: You

Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo

Is North Dakota’s First Openly Gay Lawmaker an Anti-Gay Bigot?

“Bigotry is alive and well in Bismarck,” writes Jim Shaw in his most recent column. “The North Dakota Legislature is standing still while the country goes forward on LGBT rights and protections,” he continues. It’s refreshing to see Shaw take a break from whining in print about former Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s loss in the last

Rep. Joshua Boschee is interviewed after his party's endorsement for Secretary of State at the ND Democratic convention in 2018. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Plain Talk: Democratic Leader Says This Legislative Session Has Been Less Partisan Than Those in the Past

On this episode of the Plain Talk podcast, House Minority Leader Josh Boschee (R-Fargo) talks about the 2019 legislative session so far. He says his Democratic caucus is very interested in the new revenue forecasts coming out this week. He also agreed with me in saying this session has been less partisan than those in

State Rep. Craig Headland Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

House Passes Bill to Use Legacy Fund to Replace the Income Tax, Democrats Incorrectly Say It Will Make State More Reliant on Oil Taxes

Not so long ago I interviewed Rep. Craig Headland for Plain Talk about his bill to use Legacy Fund earnings to replace the personal and corporate income taxes. Here’s the audio: The bill, HB1530, would transfer Legacy Fund earnings into an income tax reduction fund. Over time that fund would be used to replace income

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) talks to voters at AFL-CIO House of Labor in Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 5, 2018. (Hilary Swift/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Reminder: North Dakota Democrats Also Attempted “Russian Tactics” During Election

“As Russia’s online election machinations came to light last year, a group of Democratic tech experts decided to try out similarly deceptive tactics in the fiercely contested Alabama Senate race, according to people familiar with the effort and a report on its results,” the New York Times reports. What were these tactics? The project’s operators

Rebel Marie, left, is a 31-year-old transgender woman and activist. She is pictured with Vyla Grindberg, a 35-year-old transgender woman. Submitted photo

This Time Anti-Discrimination Activists Hope to Bring Evidence of Discrimination to the Legislature

For going on a decade now Democrats have brought to North Dakota’s biannual legislative session an anti-discrimination bill aimed at protecting homosexual/transgendered citizens from discrimination. It’s been the same bill, over and over again, to the point where some (including this observer) have questioned how serious Democrats are about passing the bill. Did they really

North Dakota Secretary of State, Al Jaeger, leaves the podium after his speech seeking the Republican nomination for the office he's held since 1993. Jaeger lost the nomination to Will Gardner at the party's convention earlier this year. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Let’s All Be Glad This Is Al Jaeger’s Last Term

Secretary of State Al Jaeger survived what was a roller coaster election and will continue in the office he’s held since the early 1990’s for four more years. He’s now saying this will definitely be his last term. “I feel so blessed,” he told Patrick Springer. “This will be my last term,” he added. Jaeger

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