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It's Just A Steady Stream Of Bad News For North Dakota Democrats

It's Just A Steady Stream Of Bad News For North Dakota Democrats

It seems state Senator George Sinner may not be running for re-election in District 46. This after confirming, again, that he’s on the long, long list of Democrats deciding not to run for governor. This just two years after Sinner – son of former Governor George A. Sinner –  was on the statewide ballot for Democrats

Republican Takes Days Off From Legislative Session To Quietly Receive Planned Parenthood Award

Rep. Kathy Hawken, a Republican from Fargo, really likes taking time off from her job at the state Legislature. Last session, in 2013, Hawken went on a Las Vegas vacation while were colleagues were hard at work in Bismarck. What’s ironic is that Hawken, who is championed by the left as a Republican proponent of abortion,

Bill To Let Politicians Carry Concealed In Public Buildings Fails On Narrow Vote

Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) wanted to improve security in North Dakota’s public buildings by allowing elected officials to carry concealed. To that end he introduced HB1257. Currently concealed carry isn’t allowed at all in the state’s public buildings, up to and including the capitol. Koppelman’s bill, as amended, would have allowed elected and appointed

Bill Providing Open Records Penalties Defeated, Lawmaker Says "We Are Watching"

HB1435 was introduced by Rep. Rand Boehning (R-Fargo) and would have allowed for a civil penalty against violators of the state’s open records and open meetings laws. “The reason I put this bill forward is higher education,” Boehning said during his floor speech in favor of the bill. He noted that there the North Dakota

Video: North Dakota House Approves Bill Giving Legislature Control Over Tuition

The North Dakota House today debated HB1303. It was introduced by Rep. Kim Koppelman (R-West Fargo), and it would take authority for setting tuition away from the State Board of Higher Education and give it back to the Legislature. About a week ago I wrote about how the university system uses tuition as a political

LegitSlater: Will the Real Republican Legislators Please Stand Up?

If you haven’t yet noticed, the Legislature is back in session in Bismarck. Not a real session, mind you, but rather one where they learn how to actually legislate (or in the case of most, learn how to do it again in case they forgot). This week marks the beginning of the 64th Legislative Assembly

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 16, 22, 44, and 46 Fargo-West Fargo-Cass County Area Guide Part II

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. Due to the large number of districts in the Fargo-West Fargo-Cass County area,

Sixteen North Dakota House Members Had Perfect Attendance

Following up on yesterday’s post about attendance in the state legislature, we saw that Republicans were a bit better at showing up to work than Democrats. Now let’s take a closer look at the House of Representatives (Senate tomorrow). The full ranking is below. First, let’s give some credit to the sixteen legislators from both

Pro-Abortion Republican Misses Yet Another Abortion Vote

Rep. Kathy Hawken, nominally a Republican, became the face of the opposition to several pro-life bills which passed in the legislature earlier this session. She became a convenient voice for the pro-abortion folks given her partisan affiliation. A pro-choice Republican fit their narrative nicely. But the problem with Rep. Hawken is that she seems to

Republican Legislator Who Was On Vacation For Abortion Votes Claims She Was Brought To Tears By Their Signing

As SAB readers know, the abortion issue is so important to Fargo area Rep. Kathy Hawken that she went on vacation to Las Vegas last week while the House held four key votes on the issue (and she collected her legislative pay while there). Now she’s claiming that she was so overcome by emotion when