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Lawmaker: “There’s Absolutely Zero Chance We’ll Be Done on Tuesday”

Lawmaker: “There’s Absolutely Zero Chance We’ll Be Done on Tuesday”

The big question heading into this week of the legislative session is this: “When are they going to finish?” Today is legislative day 74. The goal, when the session started, is that the lawmakers would wrap up their businesses on day 70 last week leaving 10 of the constitutionally-capped 80 days in case they need

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on 7-11-2016 for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Initiated Measures Need Checks and Balances Just Like Every Other Type of Policymaking

Any American who has attended a civics class is familiar with the term “checks and balances.” It’s a term used to describe the effort to achieve moderate and dependable laws through the separation of government power. Lawmakers write the laws, but the executive branch can veto them. Lawmakers can override vetoes, but the judicial branch


North Dakotans Should Expect a Property Tax Hike in 2018

“I guess it’s maybe time for a reality check here,” House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) said during a floor debate yesterday over SB2206. That legislation deals with the state’s take over of county-level social services. The local governments have been agitating for that take over for some time arguing, correctly, that they amount to

Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Audio: Rep. Cramer Says Spicer Holocaust Comment Was “Dumb” but Maybe “Technically Right”

Congressman Kevin Cramer was on my radio show today for his weekly open phones segment. I asked him about the controversy over White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during WWII, something Spicer later apologized for and which prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to call for his resignation.

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education president Kathy Neset, left, and vice chair Don Morton, center, and university system chancellor Mark Hagerott Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Audio: SBHE Pres. Kathy Neset Responds to Faculty Criticism, Says She’d Like to See Women’s Hockey “Move Forward”

Amid deep budget cuts for higher education being implemented by the Legislature a group of faculty members at North Dakota State University accused university system leadership of not adequately backing the state’s public institutions. “We’re seeing, I think, an orchestrated attack on higher education,” Mark Meister, chair of the communication department, said during a meeting

U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND) talks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, U.S. on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File photo

I Requested a Copy of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s Internet Browser History Today

There has been a lot of stink recently about Congress and President Donald Trump approving legislation to head off an Obama-era rule change which, according to its supporters, would have stopped your internet service provider from selling data about your internet habits. It’s worth noting that the rule never actually went into effect, and so

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Kylie Oversen, chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic Party. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota Democrats Reject Reform, Stick With Same Leadership After Disastrous 2016 Election Cycle

The 2016 election year was an awful one for North Dakota Democrats. They saw not a single statewide candidate get over 30 percent of the vote while in the Legislature they lost their House and Senate leaders, their party chairwoman, and now have just nine seats in the state Senate and just 13 in the

Congressman Kevin Cramer

Rep. Kevin Cramer on Media Bias Questions: “I Just Want to Know Whether They Even Care”

Since before election day North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer has been saying he wants to do something about left wing media bias in broadcast news. That something has now taken the form of questionnaires he’s sent television broadcasters about media bias. “I just want to know whether they even care,” Cramer told me during our

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota’s Rig Count Jumped 40 Percent After President Trump Approved Dakota Access Pipeline

North Dakota’s “drilling rig count has jumped 40 percent since early February, when Trump gave final approval to the pipeline,” Reuters reports. “By the end of the year, analysts expect the rig count to rise another 10 percent or more.” Many critics of the pipeline argued that it was unnecessary. Or even that there was

Liz Lindquist loads up an insulated bag with porcupine meatballs, mashed potatoes and corn meals for one of the route drivers on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Can We Please Please Start Talking About the Meals on Wheels Issue Accurately?

As North Dakota’s lawmakers work towards finalizing budgets we’re getting a lot of sad, sad headlines about the (often exaggerated) consequences of cutting spending. Which is to be expected. There hasn’t been a government bureaucrat hired yet who wasn’t prone to histrionics when faced with a reduced budget. Or even just the reality that they


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