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North Dakota Should Just Legalize Gambling

North Dakota Should Just Legalize Gambling

Today a legislative committee is hearing testimony on HCR3033, a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for the creation of a limited number of casinos operated by the State of North Dakota. The resolution was introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson, though the idea originated with Senator Lonnie Laffen (R-Grand Forks), and it’s timing has widely

Senator Lonnie Laffen speaks in favor of his legislation to increase the speed limit on North Dakota's interstate highways.

Senate Votes Down Bill Taking Interstate Speed Limits to 80mph

Earlier this legislative session the state House voted down a bill introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman (R-West Fargo) which would have boosted highway and interstate speed limits by 5 miles per hour across the board. Today the state Senate voted down the other bill increasing speed limits. Senator Lonnie Laffen (R-Grand Forks) introduced SB2057 which

Democratic House Minority Leader Corey Mock

North Dakota Democrats Have Some Good Ideas on Transparency and Accountability Laws

The North Dakota Democratic party, already marginalized by voters in state politics, suffered even more devastating losses this last election day. In addition to losing every single statewide election by a landslide – not a single one of their candidates got even 30 percent of the vote – they lost seven seats in the state

A truck crosses the Long X Bridge on U.S. Highway 85 south of Watford City, N.D., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Kathleen J. Bryan/Forum News Service

NDDOT Attaches Ridiculous Fiscal Note to Bill to Increase the Speed Limit

Before the Legislature in Bismarck for this session are two bills to increase North Dakota’s speed limits. One is SB2057, introduced by Senator Lonnie Laffen, a Republican from Grand Forks, to raise the speed limit on the state’s interstates to 80mph. The other is HB1184, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, a Republican from West Fargo.

Eliot Glassheim formally announces his kickoff for his Senate campaign at the town square in Grand Forks, N.D. on July 14, 2016. (Meg Oliphant/Grand Forks Herald)

Five Lawmakers, Including Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate, Miss Roll Call Vote at Special Session

The legislature convened for a special session this morning, and five state lawmakers were absent. At least for the attendance votes in the House and Senate chambers. The most notable absence was Rep. Eliot Glassheim who, in addition to representing District 18 in the state House, is currently the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate

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Now Is Not The Time For An Edifice Complex North Dakota

Earlier this year state lawmakers appropriated a total of $5 million – including $4 million in public dollars and $1 million in privately-raised dollars – to demolish North Dakota’s old governor’s residence and build a new one. The primary reasons for building a new facility are practical. The old one was badly outdated with a

Can The Federal Government Regulate State And Local Campaign Finance?

Federal law prohibits contributions by foreigners to federal political candidates. The thing is, federal law also prohibits contributions by foreigners to state and local candidates. That has become an issue in North Dakota as Democrats have made a stink over a few donations by foreigners to the recent campaigns of Governor Jack Dalrymple and state

Should Foreign Contributions To State Candidates Be Illegal?

Yesterday I flagged some contributions from a Canadian citizen (Leo Ledohowski, the owner of the Canad Inns hotel chain) to state Senator Lonnie Laffen who represents the Grand Forks area. This evening the Grand Forks Herald picked up the story, noting that Senator Laffen defends the contributions and even checked with Secretary of State Al Jaeger

Video: North Dakota Senate Passes Anti-Black Friday Shopping Bill

Every holiday shopping season Americans have a debate about Black Friday, complete with grumping about stores opening during the holidays themselves. Today in the Senate lawmakers passed a bill aimed at curbing some holiday openings. Currently state law prohibits any retail leases or agreements from requiring that a store be open on Sundays. SB2208, sponsored

North Dakota Democrats Want Revenue Chaos For The Sake Of Partisan Advantage

Senator Lonnie Laffen (R-Grand Forks) submitted an op/ed to SAB and elsewhere taking aim at Democrats for opposing reform of the state’s oil taxes. Republicans sought to reform oil taxes to lower the top rate in exchange for getting rid of two tax exemptions which trigger with lower oil prices. I’ve written at-length about these