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Pandemic Protocols May Offer Leeway in How Legislature Deals With Luke Simons

Pandemic Protocols May Offer Leeway in How Legislature Deals With Luke Simons

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Luke Simons, a member of the controversial Bastiat Caucus, should be expelled from the House of Representatives for the long history of reported harassing behavior that has been revealed by myself and others over the last week. How that happens may be tricky. Simons is a Trump Republican, and the Trump movement cares little

Rep. Luke Simons, R-Dickinson. Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

Don’t Circle the Wagons Around Luke Simons

MINOT, N.D. — The defense of Rep. Luke Simons from some has been almost as ugly as the behavior the man himself is accused of. Over the last week, I have revealed accusations against Simons of harassment and lewd behavior from members of the news media, legislative staff members, and even some of Simons’ fellow elected Republicans.

Claire Cory, Sadie Hanson and Emily O'Brien form the bulk of a young political team from District 42 in Grand Forks. (Sydney Mook/Grand Forks Herald)

Grand Forks Republican Says Embattled Lawmaker Luke Simons Harassed Her During First Session

MINOT, N.D. — Even as supporters rally around embattled lawmaker Luke Simons, minimizing or dismissing accusations of harassing and inappropriate conduct, at least some of which he’s admitted to, one of his Republican colleagues is adding to the pile of evidence against him. Rep. Emily O’Brien was first elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives

District 36 Rep. Luke Simmons, of Dickinson, sits down with The Press Thursday afternoon regarding the recent allegations of misconduct. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

Friday Mailbag: Luke Simons, ‘Hit Pieces’, the ‘it’S Just the Flu’ Argument, and the Price of Insulin

MINOT, N.D. — Is anyone else tired of outrage? We’ve become addicted to it. Many things warrant outrage, of course, but so much of our modern culture is built around finding things to be outraged about. From Facebook and Twitter to traditional news outlets, our media deliver a steady stream of it, as do the

Luke Simons speaks to a crowd during the GOP District 36 nominating convention Saturday at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge.

More Reports of Inappropriate Behavior From North Dakota Rep. Luke Simons Come to Light

MINOT, N.D. — In a column late Wednesday night I wrote about Rep. Luke Simons’ abusive behavior toward colleagues. Women, in particular. Majority Leader Chet Pollert, a Republican from Carrington, told me that he spoke with Fargo Democratic Rep. Karla Rose Hanson and Minority Leader Josh Boschee about Simons cursing the former out after she asked him to put on a mask in

Luke Simons speaks to a crowd during the GOP District 36 nominating convention Saturday at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge.

Bastiat Lawmaker Has Shown a Pattern of Abusive Behavior to Colleagues

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Luke Simons is a member of the controversial and secretive Bastiat Caucus in the North Dakota House of Representatives. According to multiple sources, as well as public records, Simons, R-Dickinson, also has a history of abusive and disrespectful behavior. The incident that was the last straw for many who work in

Plain Talk: North Dakota Senate Has Passed a Bill Hiding Presidential Vote Counts

The fighting over close national elections can be vicious. We saw that last year in the heated battle between Joe Biden and Donald Trump where many of the latter’s supporters made claims of vote fraud. But it’s not a recent phenomenon. Turn back the clock and you find Democrats in the George W. Bush-era hatching conspiracy theories about Diebold voting

U.S. Capitol dome. iStock.com/S. Greg Panosian

Democrats Recruiting Corporate Giants to Silence Conservatives Is All Kinds of Wrong

MINOT, N.D. — In 2016, in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump‘s win in the national election, Kevin Cramer, today a senator but then a member of the House of Representatives, wrote a letter to the broadcast television networks threatening congressional hearings over biased election coverage. Cramer’s (rather thin) justification for congressional involvement was that broadcast networks

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gestures as he speaks to members of the media during the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2021. (REUTERS/Erin Scott)

What Is Hating Ted Cruz Going to Accomplish?

MINOT, N.D. — We are not far removed from the grim spectacle of enraged Donald Trump supporters violently attacking the U.S. Capitol, so you’d think the vicious pile-on against Sen. Ted Cruz would give us pause. The man’s travel plans with his family were apparently leaked by an airline employee. Angry activists gathered at Cruz’s private residence, the place where

A collection of insulin vials. Insulin is an enzymatic injection that Type 1 and some Type 2 diabetics require on a daily basis to live. Between 1996-2018, insulin prices rose by 1,200%, while production costs remained static, according to a study by the Harvard Medical Review. The same study noted prices doubled between 2012 and 2016 alone. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch file photo

Price Controls Are Not the Solution for Expensive Insulin

As has already been demonstrated by recent insulin price drops, the solution to this problem is more choice and more competition. Our lawmakers should be focused on how to make those things happen, not dictating arbitrary price levels. Continue reading…