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Local Politics Are as Partisan and Ideological as Any Other Kind of Politics, We Just Pretend Like They Aren’t

Local Politics Are as Partisan and Ideological as Any Other Kind of Politics, We Just Pretend Like They Aren’t

Earlier this year state Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican from Minot, introduced legislation which would have allowed local elected leaders to identify themselves with a political party on the ballot. It was permissive legislation, which is to say that nobody would have been forced into an affiliation. Local candidates, much like legislative and statewide candidates

State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo)

Proposed “Red Flag Law” for North Dakota Doesn’t Need to Be Resurrected

“There was a lot of learning that was happening about the gun violence issue as a whole, as well as what this bill would really do,” state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, a Democrat from Fargo, told my colleague John Hageman. “Sometimes things take more than one session.” Hanson was responding to questions about whether or

State Auditor Josh Gallion

Referendum for Auditor Law Won’t Make the Deadline

“Not making the referendum deadline.” That’s what Riley Kuntz, the organizer behind the “Audit the Swamp” campaign to refer three pieces of legislation passed by lawmakers earlier this year to the statewide ballot for a potential veto vote, told me today. His group had already missed the deadline on two other referendum campaigns – one

Guest Post: Bismarck Doubling Traffic Fines Will Undoubtedly Invite Legal Challenges

This guest post was submitted by Fargo attorney Mark Friese The Bismarck Tribune reports Bismarck City Commissioners will seek to impose traffic fines with double the financial penalties otherwise provided by law. If approved, this elitist, twice-as-expensive approach would arguably apply to all categories and types of traffic violations. There are hundreds, but to illustrate,

Workers prepare the North Dakota House chambers for the upcoming legislative session Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Controversy Over Pay for Absent Legislators Is Much Ado About Not Much

If you wanted to be critical of North Dakota lawmakers for rubber stamping pay for colleagues who are absent during the legislative session I think that’s probably valid. Anyone who watches the floor sessions of the Legislature can see how routine the votes are to excuse absences and thus authorize pay. But you have to

State Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican from Bismarck and founder of the Legislature's Bastiat Caucus.

Is the Bizarre Political Situation in Alaska a Sign of Things to Come in North Dakota?

There are strange things happening in the State of Alaska. “A deep divide over budget cuts in Alaska has become so acrimonious that two feuding factions of legislators cannot even agree on where they are supposed to meet, the latest twist in what may be the nation’s oddest political climate,” The Hill reports. Republican Governor

North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson John Hageman / Forum News Service

Lots of Eggs for Lots of Faces as Lawmakers Say They’ll Abandon Attacks on State Auditor’s Powers

Earlier this week state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion stating that legislation passed earlier this year to limit the powers of the state Auditor would likely be found to be unconstitutional if it were challenged in court. Now at least one legislative leader – Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, a Republican from Dickinson

"The Pioneer Family" stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

This Editorial Cartoon Needs to Be Retracted

Steve Stark’s most recent editorial cartoon, depicting state lawmakers as pulling funding from a poetry program, is so blatantly inaccurate it needs to be retracted: Looking at that cartoon one would assume that lawmakers had initiated an effort to pull the funding. Only, they didn’t. As anyone not blinkered with a default animus towards the

The state capitol building in Bismarck, North Dakota

Guest Post: North Dakota’s Legislature Disregards the People

This guest post was submitted by Riley Kuntz of Dickinson, chairman of Audit the Swamp, a referendum committee set up to refer three laws passed by the Legislature to the statewide ballot The recently released Attorney General Opinion determining the enactment of SB 2004 to be ‘likely to be unconstitutional’ was spot on. Granted, Audit

Small Town Grocery Stores Don’t Need Government Assistance, They Need Better Business Models

“An interim committee of the North Dakota Legislature will study how food gets into rural areas and how the system can be improved,” reports my colleague Jenny Schlecht She’s referring to SCR4013 (read it below) introduced by Senator Jim Dotzenrod (R-Wyndmere), and co-sponsored by Senator Jerry Klein (R-Fessenden) who is a retired grocery store owner

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