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Podcast: Responding to McFeely, Special Assessments, North Dakota Secession

Podcast: Responding to McFeely, Special Assessments, North Dakota Secession

I took some time on the radio show today to respond to criticism Mike McFeely has thrown at me for writing too often, and too critically, of his preferred candidate for the U.S Senate. I also spoke to Fargo City commission candidate Tim Flakoll about his plan for special assessments. Current Commissioner Tony Gehrig, who

Mary Wakefield, who served in the Obama administration as acting United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, cheers on Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at Saturday's Democratic convention. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Notice the Criticism Is Not Based on What I’m Writing About Heidi Heitkamp, but That I’m Writing It at All

The interesting thing about this column from my colleague Mike McFeely, which criticizes me for writing consistently about North Dakota’s Senate race (which will be, I promise you, the biggest story of the year in our state), is not once does it criticize anything I’ve written about Senator Heidi Heitkamp. McFeely floats the idea that

North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer speaks Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the ND GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo of his choice to endorse Donald Trump for president. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Left Wing Columnist Apparently Trying to Help Kevin Cramer Win an Election

“The company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline is a major campaign contributor to North Dakota U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer,” my colleague Mike McFeely wrote yesterday. He sees this as a scandal, apparently. “The congressman, as expected, is wholly unapologetic. Optics be darned,” he writes. Optics? What optics? Congressman Cramer represents North Dakota. A state

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asks for an accounting of what the refugee resettlement in the Fargo area is costing during the Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Dave Wallis / The Forum

If It’s Ok to Be Concerned About Oil Workers, It’s Ok to Be Concerned About Refugees

“It is remarkable how often those who preach tolerance and patience with ‘new Americans’ will turn around and rail against the oil industry for increasing crime in our state.” I wrote those words back in 2015, noting the left’s propensity to malign energy industry workers with pejoratives like “oilfield trash.” I thought about that post

Fargo (N.D) City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn stand outside City Hall on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

What Are the Supporters of Refugee Resettlement So Afraid Of?

Last week Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn asked for a thorough review of the costs to the City of Fargo from refugee resettlement in that community. Piepkorn estimates the cost to the city is in the millions, but wants a formal review. It didn’t seem like a terribly controversial request to me. Fargo has taken

NDSU President Dean Bresciani: We Still Might Implement Those Media Restrictions I Said I Was Disappointed In

Why can’t NDSU President Dean Bresciani shoot straight? As the State Board of Higher Education begins the process of a formal inquiry into Bresciani’s handling of controversy around absurd media restrictions instituted by the schools athletics department, the president tells my colleague Mike McFeely that the school still might institute them. You can listen to

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Fargo Area Media Slap Fight Is Everything That's Wrong With How We Talk About Islamic Extremism

Back on December 17 Fargo-based television news station Valley News Live committed a blatant and irresponsible act of tabloid journalism. In covering an alleged sexual assault in the bathroom of a Mapleton truck stop the station put in their headline the allegation that the man accused of the attack, apparently a Muslim, uttered “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.

Facts: Cass County "New Americans" Receive Disproportionate Amounts Of Welfare, Food Stamps Aid

Over the weekend sports commentator turned political pundit Mike McFeely used his column to verbally assault TV station Valley News Live for their work on the refugee or “New Americans” story in the Fargo area. While my position on VNL’s approach to journalism is well known – I’m not working with them any more because

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