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Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right

Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right

Yesterday was a bit of an odd day for me. After a couple of days of criticism from myself and others, including my revelation that his office has no written ethics policy, Governor Doug Burgum announced that he would be reimbursing Xcel Energy for $37,000 worth of Super Bowl tickets. The right decision, I think.

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

John Andrist: Who Is This John Oliver Guy Anyway?

As a political junkie I’ve always enjoyed talking politics with both Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives. I guess that’s why I had so many friends who were Democrats. I’ve always served as a Republican, although I’m somewhat closer to being a Libertarian. Call it friendly banter. Trouble is, bantering with some hard-nosed folks makes