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U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Audio: NDGOP Director Says “We Are Behind President Trump and His Agenda” While Accusing Heitkamp of Obstruction

Conventional political wisdom is that a President with low approval numbers is a hindrance to his political party. But when it comes to President Donald Trump and North Dakota, I’m not sure anyone actually believes that. Not only are Democrats in North Dakota treating Trump with kid gloves, but Republicans aren’t shy about backing him

Screen grab from NDGOP "Heidi's Hiding" video.

NDGOP Releases “Heidi’s Hiding” Video

The NDGOP has been doing this series of media releases called “Heidi’s Hiding,” a reference to Senator Heidi Heitkamp and her propensity to be a bit more politically left with her actions in Washington D.C. than she presents herself back here in North Dakota. The latest is a video which hits Heitkamp on cooperation with

A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota Shouldn’t Be in the Business of Expropriation

“House approves Missouri River mineral leasing bill estimated to cost $187 million,” reads this headline. That’s more than a little misleading. There is no “cost’ here. What the bill in question does is stop the state from seizing mineral rights which currently belong to private people. Saying there’s a cost to that is like saying you

Tammy and John Sadek, photographed in their home near Rogers, N.D., on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Video: Senate Approves “Hog House” Changes to Legislation Inspired by Andrew Sadek

I wrote earlier today about a Senate committee making big changes to HB1221, which people are calling “Andrew’s Law,” and this afternoon those amendments were approved on the House floor and the overall bill was passed. The legislation was inspired by Andrew Sadek, and aimed to provide some protections in law for criminal informants. Sadek’s

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook

Video: Legislature Sends Constitutional Carry Bill to Governor Doug Burgum

The state Senate today easily passed HB1169, a “constitutional carry” bill introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck). The bill essentially allows for any North Dakota citizen to carry concealed unless they are otherwise restricted from possessing/carrying a firearm by law. There were a couple of tweaks made at the behest of law enforcement. For one,

State Senator Merrill Piepkorn, a Democrat from Fargo, speaks against legislation loosening requirements for carrying a concealed carry weapons permit.

State Senate Votes to Loosen Requirements for Carrying Concealed Carry Permits

Under current North Dakota if you are the holder of a valid concealed carry permit but get caught carrying your weapon without your permit on your person you will be cited for a Class A Misdemeanor. Today the state Senate voted to loose that law a bit, passing by a 44-2 margin SB2139, introduced by


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