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State Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) Dickinson Press photo

Plain Talk: “I Couldn’t Really Care Less What Somebody in New York Says

Plain Talk: “I Couldn’t Really Care Less What Somebody in New York Says

Recently a New York Times columnist teed off on proposed legislation here in North Dakota which would ban any government sponsored and/or taxpayer funded gun buyback program. Nicholas Kristof called it “dumbest bit of legislation so far this year.” “I couldn’t really care less what somebody in New York says,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Luke

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Maybe the Real Dummies Are the People Who Can’t Articulate a Convincing Defense of Gun Buyback Programs

HB1381, introduced by state Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) and passed by the House earlier this month on a 66-26 vote, would ban any gun buyback program sanctioned or funded by the government in North Dakota. Private organizations could still do a buyback event, but no event sponsored by the government and/or funded by taxpayer dollars

Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) Dickinson Press photo

Amendment to Pro-Life Bill Would Let Attorney General, Not the Courts, Decide Whether It’s Constitutional

State Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) introduced HB1546 which aims to ban what it describes as “human dismemberment abortion.” A gruesome topic, to be sure, but my purpose in writing about it today isn’t so much the subject of the bill itself but a strange amendment added to it in committee. An effective date was added,

Brooke Riendeau sets up produce and preserves at the Mobile Farmer's Market outside of the YMCA in Grand Forks in August of 2017. (Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

The Legislature Should Leave “Cottage Foods” Alone

During the 2017 legislative session lawmakers passed HB1433, introduced by Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson), which supporters called the “food freedom act.” Essentially what it did was create a permissive regulatory framework allowing for direct-to-consumer food sales. The law refers to this as “cottage foods.” Basically the sort of thing you’d see at bake sales, only

FILE PHOTO: North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Lawmaker Criticizes Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for Signing Letter Urging Congress to Review Legality of Bump Stocks

Rep. Luke Simons is a Republican lawmaker from Dickinson. In a Facebook post yesterday, he took aim at Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for signing a letter with a group of other attorneys general urging Congress to act on “bump stocks,” which are devices designed to be used with semi-automatic firearms to increase their rate of

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Audio: Lawmaker Says Laws Need Reform, “We Need to Stop Treating Animals Like Human Beings”

Yesterday I wrote about a rancher in Stark County who is facing animal neglect charges. The case caught my eye because law enforcement officials tried to seize the man’s livestock – his very livelihood – without so much as a hearing at which he could defend himself. On my radio show I interviewed North Dakota

Rep. Ron Guggisberg (D-Fargo) speaks against legislation easing restrictions on selling homemade foods.

Video: House Passes Watered Down “Food Freedom Bill” After Feisty Debate

When Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) introduced HB1433 everyone was calling it the “raw milk bill.” Simons even posted a picture of himself on social media drinking a jar of raw milk on the House floor. But by the time the bill came up for a floor debate it had been amended so that raw milk

Audio: Organizer Says Legislation Would Give North Dakotans Freedom to Buy Foods Like Raw Milk

Raw milk, meaning milk that hasn’t been pasteurized, is something some people like to drink. In North Dakota the only legal way to get it is if you are an owner of the animal which produces the milk. There are things like animal shares which are legal. They’re exactly what they sound like. You purchase

Hundreds Of Activists Pack Republican District Conventions Across North Dakota

In his column today Mike Jacobs alludes to some interesting outcomes for Republican legislative races in three districts across the state: In District 28, William Kretschmar—a long-serving member of the North Dakota House—was defeated. He’s regarded as too tolerant on social issues. Likewise in District 36, Alan Fehr lost to a candidate who presented himself

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