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

There’s Nothing “Reckless” About Using the Legacy Fund to Lower and Eliminate Income Taxes

There’s Nothing “Reckless” About Using the Legacy Fund to Lower and Eliminate Income Taxes

“Don’t give away Legacy earnings,” reads the headline over Mike Jacobs’ most recent column in which he warns that North Dakota’s multi-billion dollar Legacy Fund ought not be used to reduce tax burdens. “One of the reckless ideas that’s been bandied about is to eliminate the state income tax. This has proven to be a

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

The Legislature Is the Will of the People Too

“There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who ‘love Nature’ while deploring the ‘artificialities’ with which ‘Man has spoiled ‘Nature’,” famed science fiction writer Robert Heinlein once wrote. “The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that man and his artifacts are not part of ‘Nature’ — but beavers and their

Roseanne finds herself at political odds with her sister, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) in the re-booted "Roseanne," premiering March 27. Adam Rose, ABC

Podcast: “Active Shooter” Video Game, Heitkamp Loses Native American Support, Roseanne Gets Canceled

On the radio show today I talked about a new video game called “Active Shooter” which simulates mass shootings, including school shootings, allowing players to participate from the perspective of law enforcement and the shooter. It’s controversial, distasteful I’d say, but should the game be banned? And do video games really contribute to a culture

Podcast: Heitkamp Campaign “Enthusiastic but Not Confident” Says Columnist

Columnist and former Grand Forks Herald columnist Mike Jacobs was on the radio show today talking about his recent column about Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign for re-election. He said Democratic sources he’s spoken to are worred that the incumbent has lost votes in the state’s Native American communities. He also said Heitkamp’s staff, based on

This Is Why Senator Heitkamp Has to Make Voters Hate Her Opponent

I’ve long predicted that the 2018 U.S. Senate election will be one of the ugliest North Dakota has ever seen. Part of the foundation for that prediction lays in the way the incumbent, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, campaigned in 2012. She ran a vicious campaign that year, brutalizing her opponent Rick Berg with her surrogates painting

Podcast: Democratic Ag Commisioner Candidate Praises Republican Incumbent: “He’s Been Pretty Good at His Job”

State Senator Jim Dotzenrod, the Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner this election cycle, joined me on air today and in a surprise twist spent a lot of time praising incumbent Republican Doug Goehring. “He’s been pretty good at his job,” Dotzenrod told me. “I suspect he and I feel the same way on some of

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the U.S. celebrates with Gigi Marvin of the U.S. as she holds the U.S. flag after their win. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Women’s Hockey Program at UND Died Because Few Were Supporting It

“Bring back women’s hockey,” writes former Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs in a column this week. As you readers will remember the women’s hockey program at the University of North Dakota was axed by President Mark Kennedy, a decision which created no small amount of controversy. North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp even jumped into the

Attempt to Whitewash Dickinson State’s Diploma Mill Scandal Is Despicable

Recently in his weekly political column my colleague Mike Jacobs described the political situation around funding for Dickinson State University like this: DSU faced an existential threat this session. The reasons are tied to a scheme that enrolled Chinese students and granted them degrees without requiring anything other than money from them. This is best

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