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Measure 1 Backers Send Deeply Ironic Letter to Lawmakers Insisting They Begin Work on an Ethics Committee

Measure 1 Backers Send Deeply Ironic Letter to Lawmakers Insisting They Begin Work on an Ethics Committee

The North Dakotans for Public Integrity, an ostensibly local front group for left wing interests funded by big donations from Hollywood activists, was successful in getting Measure 1 approved on the statewide ballot last month. That despite the ACLU, among other groups, objecting to the onerous restrictions on political speech the measure represents. Now, with

Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo during floor debate Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Audit: North Dakota’s Use of Open Source Textbooks Has Saved North Dakota Students a Lot of Money

For generations now the cost of higher education has been out of control. This isn’t exactly news to you, I’m sure, but it may surprise you to know that the cost of textbooks has grown even faster than the rapid increase in tuition costs. Check out this graph from a recent report from the North

Supporters and opponents of Measure 1 debate the proposal at a Chamber of Commerce event in Bismarck.

These Are the Changes Lawmakers Will Have to Make to Comply With Measure 1

Despite it being a terrible (and blatantly unconstitutional, in many regards) proposal, North Dakota voters approved Measure 1 in the election last week. I believe the measure should be immediately challenged in court, but probably before that can happen the Legislature has some work to do.  Because in many areas the ballot measure’s language requires

Rep. Chet Poller, a Republican from Carrington Photo provided by House Republicans

Al Carlson’s Replacement as House Majority Leader Won by Promising to Keep Everything the Same

Last night the Republican caucus in the North Dakota House of Representatives picked their new majority leader. The press release is below, but Rep. Chet Pollert of Carrington won the three-way competition over Rep. Mike Nathe of Bismarck and Rep. Dan Ruby of Minot. The result is a bit of a surprise. Heading into the

House Majority Leader Al Carlson Forum New Service file photo

With Rep. Al Carlson on the Ropes, Other Republicans Express Interest in Being Majority Leader

Rep. Al Carlson, a long-time state lawmaker and current Majority Leader in the North Dakota House of Representatives, is fighting for his political life in Fargo’s District 41. That district has been trending blue for a while now, and Carlson is hardly safe. Carlson, an incumbent, is running alongside newcomer and fellow Republican Michelle Strinden

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Dave Wallis / Forum News Service

Cato Institute Rates Doug Burgum One of the Most Fiscally Conservative Governors in America

In a white paper report which “grades governors on their fiscal policies from a limited-government perspective,” the right leaning Cato Institute has named North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum the 3rd most fiscally conservative governor in America. Burgum scored a 68 in their ranking, earning him an “A” grade. He comes in behind second place Henry

The North Dakota House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Western North Dakota Lawmaker With a Job in Minnesota Will Resign His Seat

Back in January I wrote about Republican state Rep. Bill Oliver who represents District 4 in Bismarck. At the time I had been told that Oliver was living and working out of state. Specifically that he was working at a parts store in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, which isn’t exactly a short commute from New

House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, foreground, sits in the gallery at the North Dakota Supreme Court as state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, middle, and Gov. Doug Burgum confer during legal arguments presented to the five justices in the case involving the challenge by lawmakers of Burgum's issuing five vetoes on parts of spending bills passed in the 2017 legislative session. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Will Doug Burgum’s Victory at the State Supreme Court Mean Yearly Legislative Sessions for North Dakota?

Earlier this year the state Supreme Court issued in opinion in ND Legislative Assembly vs. Governor Doug Burgum which found that both sides of that dispute had been operating beyond their constitutional restraints. The court struck down four of Burgum’s vetoes from the 2017 legislative session, but they also found that the Legislature itself had

North Dakotans Projected to Receive $34 Million in Bonus Tax Relief Thanks to the Trump Tax Cuts

“Tax reform projected to decrease North Dakota revenue,” reads a headline from Bismarck Tribune reporter Amy Dalrymple. That’s one way to look at it, I suppose. Of course, from the perspective of the taxpayer, it means more money in our pockets. Not only are North Dakotans benefiting more from the Trump tax cuts (the ones

Sen. Judy Lee (R-West Fargo) speaks of the benefits of good dental access and in support of HB 1256, a bill dealing with the issue at a press conference in Memorial Hall of the state capitol in Bismarck on Wednesday afternoon. Bill supporters in back from left are Jenna Herman, Christy Jo Fogarty, of the Minnesota Childrens Dental Services, Renee Stromme, Rep. Christopher Olson (R-West Fargo), Dianne Billey, Connie Kalanek and Michael Hamilton. Photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Fargo Republican Named the 4th Most Productive Lawmaker in America

Fargo Republican state Senator Judy Lee is ranked #4 in the nation when it comes to productive state lawmakers. That’s according to the folks at FiscalNote which arrived at the ranking by looking at the number of bills each lawmaker introduced and the percentage of those bills which passed and running the numbers through an

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