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A Reminder That Dean Bresciani’s Problems Go Beyond Some Ill-Advised Text Messages

A Reminder That Dean Bresciani’s Problems Go Beyond Some Ill-Advised Text Messages

NDSU President Dean Bresciani has come under an unprecedented level of fire after I broke a story last week using text messages which showed that he lied about his position on controversial media restrictions for covering university athletics events. That story prompted the Fargo Forum editorial board to call for Bresciani’s resignation. Which was a big

North Dakota's Corporate Farming Ban Hasn't Protected Family Farms

“It didn’t work, folks.” That’s what former Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs writes in his column today of North Dakota’s corporate farming ban. Last year the Legislature passed a small reform to the ban to allow the ownership or leasing of up to 640 acres of land for the operation of a dairy farm or swine

Revising History: North Dakota Democrats Should Stop Blaming Their Plight On Republican Cheating

With North Dakota Democrats in utter disarray – don’t take my word for it, that’s what liberal columnist Lloyd Omdahl writes in his column today – there seems to be a narrative developing among the state’s leftists which blames the party’s malaise on Republican cheating. Back in February it was liberal columnist Mike Jacobs who

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Can Democrats Put Doug Burgum Over The Top In An Open Republican Primary?

Back in January, shortly after Doug Burgum announced his campaign for governor, I wrote that years of incompetence by North Dakota Democrats might actually be a boon for him. North Dakota has no voter registration and a wide open primary ballot. Democrats can vote for Republican candidates, and with Democrats unlikely to field competitive nomination

Republicans Did Not "Stack The Deck" In North Dakota

I think North Dakota Democrats are a thoroughly marginalized political movement because they’ve moved themselves outside of the acceptable ideological window of most voters in the state. In the Grand Forks Herald today Mike Jacobs takes exception with that thesis. “The easy answer is that ideology did in the Democrats. Conservative blogger Rob Port recently denounced

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A Poor Commentary On The State Of Tolerance At The University Of North Dakota

In today’s Grand Forks Herald Mike Jacobs writes that former Governor Ed Schafer is an imperfect selection to be the interim president at UND. Jacobs, who does admit that Schafer is probably the best choice for the post, is certainly entitled to his grumbling. What struck me was this passage from his column complaining that Schafer

Counterproductive Government: Paying Farmers Not To Farm Land They Get Subsidies To Farm

Not so long ago a family member of mine was having problems. You see, she was on a lot of prescribed medication, and nothing seemed to be working. It turns out, she was on way too much medication. She started taking one prescription to treat a specific malady, but when that medication produced side effects

Can North Dakota Democrats Win By Focusing On The Legislature?

Earlier this year I had a conversation with one of my Democrat friends, and he told me his party’s focus in the 2016 election cycle was going to be the Legislature. The newly-elected chairwoman of the North Dakota Democrats, state Rep. Kylie Oversen, also said recently in a Forum Communications profile that she intends to

Liberals Have Selective Memory When It Comes To Who Really Pays Taxes

It’s interesting when the left talks about taxes. Over the weekend Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs wrote about property taxes, and the need to give renters property tax relief. “Renters are a special case, however, because they pay the property tax indirectly, as part of their rent checks,” writes Jacobs. “Rents haven’t gone down