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Kylie Oversen, a former state legislator from Grand Forks and chairwoman of the state Democratic-NPL, announced her bid for tax commissioner at UND. Sam Easter / Forum News Service

North Dakota Democrats Only Hate Out of State Political Contributions When They’re Made to Republicans

North Dakota Democrats Only Hate Out of State Political Contributions When They’re Made to Republicans

I have been consistently critical of Senator Heidi Heitkamp for collecting well over 90 percent of her itemized, individual contributions from out of state. I mean, the Senator reported in her year-end report to the FEC for 2017 that she received three times more contributions from New Yorkers than she did from North Dakotans. According

Print Column: Sen. Heitkamp Pretends at the Accessibility North Dakotans Demand

MINOT, N.D.—Tessa Gould is not a household name in North Dakota. Most of you readers probably don’t know who she is. But if you work at a media outlet which has published or broadcast something which can be perceived as critical of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp you probably have an intimate knowledge of Gould’s caustic approach

Gov. Doug Burgum, center, leads his first North Dakota Industrial Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, with Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, second from left, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, right. File photo / Forum News Service

It Is Inexcusable That the North Dakota Industrial Commission Is 8 Months Behind on Meeting Minutes

According to the Associated Press the North Dakota Industrial Commission – a powerful triumvirate consisting of the Governor, Attorney General, and Agriculture Commissioner which regulates, among other things, oil and gas development – is eight months behind in approving meeting minutes. This is absurd. The excuse from the commission is that an assistant working for

A Discussion About Higher Education at Minot State University

For those of you readers who might be in the area and able to attend, I’ll be participating in a discussion about higher education at Minot State University tomorrow evening. The campus is hosting Shakespeare-Fest – this week commemorates both the birth and death dates of the famous bard – and part of those events

Print Column: The Politics of North Dakota’s Big Bad Budget Bind

MINOT, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum released his budget guidelines for the 2019-2012 biennium this week, and the tone of his fiscal message was grim. We’re in for more cuts. Burgum is asking that state agencies deliver budget recommendations for lawmakers, who will meet for their regular session in January, that reduce spending by 5

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti

The Fight Over Online Sales Taxes Cannot Be About Fairness

“Our view: Put online sellers on equal footing,” is the headline over a Grand Forks Herald editorial today, making the point that the U.S. Supreme Court should back South Dakota’s law instituting a 4.5 percent sales tax on online sales of retailers doing more than $100,000 in annual business. It’s a case with national implications because

An aerial view of the main protest camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County North Dakota on February 13, 2017. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Ladd Erickson: Social Media and the Human Race: A DAPL Protest Postscript

This guest post was submitted by McLean County State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson. Oil pipeline protests are a possibility in Minnesota and South Dakota this summer.  I helped Morton County prosecute DAPL cases and thought better about posting about it at the time.   I no longer have that constraint, and will example how social media fueled

Dakota Access Pipeline opponents sing prayer songs Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as they vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., ahead of the evacuation deadline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Los Angeles Times Reporter Worried #NoDAPL Coverage Wasn’t Slanted Enough Toward the Protesters

Over at the University of North Dakota professor Mark Trahant – a journalism professor, albeit one sharply biased in favor of the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters – is holding a symposium on those protests which today featured a panel of panelists who covered them. One of the panelists – Los Angeles Times reporter Sandy Tolan

Podcast: Governor Burgum Says He’s Out to “Change the Budget Process Itself”

Governor Doug Burgum and state Rep. Tom Beadle both joined Rob today to talk about the budget guidelines for the 2019 legislative session. “It just wasn’t a fully sustainable model,” Beadle said of spending in previous, boom-era legislative sessions. Burugm, meanwhile, says he’s out to “change the budget process itself.” “We don’t have a revenue

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