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Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo

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

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

North Dakota Democrats Drop Third Pro-Coachman Mailer in Sec. of State Race, This One Quoting Republican Lawmakers

The North Dakota Democratic Party has sent out a third mailer in the Secretary of State race, again not touting their candidate Josh Boschee but rather a last-minute independent candidate named Michael Coachman. Coachman styles himself a conservative but is on the ballot as an independent. Long-time incumbent Al Jaeger is also on the ballot

North Dakota Democrats Send Out Mailer Supporting Third Party Candidate as “The Real Conservative” in Sec. of State Race

Over the weekend a reader sent me some photos of a mailer sent out by the North Dakota Democratic party which was pretty clearly to look, at first glance, like an endorsement of independent Secretary of State candidate Michael Coachman. The colors and images used in the ad looked like it was a pro-Coachman ad,

Democrats Send Mailer Appearing to Promote Trump-Backing Independent Candidate for Secretary of State

North Dakota’s Secretary of State race is a three-way competition between incumbent Republican Al Jaeger (on the ballot as an independent because of this), Democrat Josh Boschee, and Republican-leaning independent Michael Coachman. Today a number of readers reached out to me about mailers they’ve received, identified as paid for by the North Dakota Democratic Party,

Rep. Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, announces his candidacy for North Dakota Secretary of State during a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Abovo Events, 218 Broadway, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

I Really Wanted to Vote for Democrat Josh Boschee as Secretary of State

Over the years I have been consistently critical of Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s handling of his duties. There have never been any large problems in his office, but there is a consistent stream of little ones, from goofs in administering elections and ballot measures to how slow his office has been to embrace modern

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