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Report Shows Where You Get Divorced in North Dakota Could Have a Big Impact on Child Custody Outcomes

Report Shows Where You Get Divorced in North Dakota Could Have a Big Impact on Child Custody Outcomes

North Dakota has had a long-running debate over shared parenting. Multiple ballot measures, and multiple legislative efforts, over the years have resulted in some reforms though shared parenting proponents still want more reform. Opponents of reform tell us that there’s nothing all that wrong with the status quo. That custody cases are adjudicated fairly and

Stenehjem Protects the Separation of Powers

“All sides are gonna be pissed at Wayne,” a political friend texted me yesterday upon news of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s opinion (see below) on the legality of some of Governor Doug Burgum’s vetoes issued earlier this year. “Nobody got everything they wanted.” That’s true. As you can see from this key excerpt, Stenehjem upheld

ND State Capitol (Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald)

Number of Lobbyists at North Dakota’s 2017 Session Was Down From Previous Years, but Not by Much

You would assume that, given the dearth of funds North Dakota lawmakers had to spend this legislative session, the number of lobbyists on hand in Bismarck to help them decide how to spend it would be down as well. And according to a report from Secretary of State Al Jaeger which landed in my inbox

Audio: Lawmaker Rips Burgum Vetoes, Calls Them “Terrible” and “Reckless”

Governor Doug Burgum announced vetoes for parts of nine bills today. “We deeply appreciate the Legislature’s good work this session, evidenced by the fact I signed 430 bills with no line-item vetoes, including 43 appropriations bills,” he said in a statement announcing the vetoes. “Where I did exercise veto authority, I did so to clearly

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

Burgum Rejects Paternalism, Sides With Personal Responsibility, in Vetoing Mandate for Carbon Monoxide Detectors

“(Burgum) has made a decision that will cost lives and will result in injuries to innocent people,” Don Johnson of Windsor, Colorado, told reporter John Hageman. Johnson, whose daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2009, is talking about Governor Doug Burgum’s veto of a bill mandating carbon monoxide detectors in the state’s rental properties.

North Dakota House minority leader Rep. Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks) TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Democrats Aren’t Being Honest When They Talk About North Dakota’s Budget Situation

I’ve been pretty blunt in recent weeks talking about Republican handling of North Dakota’s budget situation. I think Republicans bungled. They spent too much. They built big budget increases on the back of unsustainable revenues driven by a boom in commodity prices. They have nobody to blame for that but themselves. I’ve also written, consistently,

Senate majority leader Sen. Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson), left, and House majority leader Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo) review amendments for legislation before a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April 25, 2017 in the state capitol. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Audio: Majority Leaders Carlson and Wardner Call for Local Spending Cuts to Avoid Property Tax Hikes

Yesterday I had House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner on my radio show on 970 WDAY (podcast) to recap the legislative session. The big thing on a lot of people’s minds heading into this interim, and the 2018 election cycle, is property taxes. Every press release I’ve seen from the


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