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“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Stop Whining About “Waste of Time” Legislation

Stop Whining About “Waste of Time” Legislation

The beginning of North Dakota’s legislative session is like a holiday for those of us who make a living writing about politics and public policy, because in those weeks there are thousands of bills introduced proposing all manner of policy ideas ranging from the sensible to the zany. It gives us a lot to write

#NoDAPL protesters face off with North Dakota law enforcement personnel at a road block along Highway 6 near St. Anthony, North Dakota on October 5. Photo via Morton County

Legislation Would Remove Liability for Motorists Hitting People or Property That Is Obstructing a Road

One tactic often deployed by the #NoDAPL activists fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline project was to obstruct roads. The protesters marched down the middle of streets in Bismarck and Mandan. At one point they literally built a road block across a highway near the pipeline construction site, refusing to move and responding with violence when

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

Audio: Lawmaker Says His Bill Would Have Stopped Reporting of Most 2016 Oil Industry Spills

Last week I wrote about HB1151, introduced by state Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot. The legislation is pretty simple. It would limit the number of oil industry fluid spills reported in the State of North Dakota. Here’s the specific text (I put the full text of the bill in my original post): The

Aerial view of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 2nd 2016. DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

Minot Air Force Base Greets Visit From Air Force Secretary by Dumping B-52 Engine Into the Countryside

“An engine fell out of a B-52 bomber during a training mission northeast of Minot on Wednesday,” KXNews reports. “A pentagon source says the engine is buried in snow in a river bed. Air Force sources tell us it is on J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge land, located near Upham in Bottineau County,” the report

North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi holds up the new license plate that the department began issuing Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, during a press conference at DOT headquarters in Bismarck. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

North Dakota Legislation Would Eliminate Need for a Front License Plate

Yesterday during while I was with my colleague Jay Thomas on WDAY he was griping about North Dakota’s requirement for a front license plate on cars. Jay is a bit of a car guy and doesn’t find the front plates to be aesthetically pleasing. Turns out state Rep. Mark Owens, a Republican from Grand Forks,

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Diversity for Diversity’s Sake Is a Stupid Idea

A couple of recent submissions to our state’s newspapers have me thinking about diversity. First this Grand Forks Herald op/ed from attorney Tim Lamb, a former member of that community’s School Board, which suggests that North Dakotans ought to elect more Democrats for the sake of diversity. “I believe a two-party system not only gives voters a choice,

A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook

Read It: Legislation Would Make It Legal for North Dakota Citizens to Carry Concealed Weapons Without a Permit

State Rep. Rick Becker is in the process of introducing legislation which would allow citizens of North Dakota to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The legislation hasn’t been filed yet – Becker is still circulating it among his colleagues for additional sponsorship – but he was kind enough to give me a copy of

Bill Would Change North Dakota’s Laws to Reflect the New Reality of Legal Homosexual Marriage

In 2004 a constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Dakota as one man and one woman passed on the statewide ballot with 73 percent of the vote. That definition of marriage is reflected in a lot of places in the state code which refers to husbands and wives. But in 2017 we are living in

A photo of the House chamber at the North Dakota state capitol.

Amid Budget Shortfalls North Dakota Sees a 40 Percent Decline in Number of Registered Lobbyists

North Dakota lawmakers begin the 2017 legislative session today with state revenues significantly reduced and little evidence that the state will be able to accurately predict revenues into the next biennium. Put simply, there just isn’t going to be a lot of money to spend. So maybe it’s not surprising then that, per data reported

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