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Friday Mailbag: Anti-vaxxers, Rep. Cole Christensen, women leaving Legislature, and what conservatism stands for

Friday Mailbag: Anti-vaxxers, Rep. Cole Christensen, women leaving Legislature, and what conservatism stands for

MINOT, N.D. — A very early Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Early because next week, I’m taking some vacation time to spend with friends and family. That means no columns from me, and no podcasts either (though nothing is stopping you from catching up on old episodes). Our Thanksgiving routine is eating (and eating, and

Plain Talk: Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread on Krabbenhoft’s big, fat golden parachute and what it means for your health care costs

Kelby Krabbenhoft, the long-time CEO of South Dakota-based health care giant Sanford abruptly left his job last year after making some controversial comments about masking during the COVID-19 pandemic. More recently, news broke that Krabbenhoft left with a big, fat golden parachute strapped to his back. He got a $49.5 million payout, as we learned

Secretary of state rescinds recall petition for Valley City lawmaker

MINOT, N.D. — Back in July, a group of Republicans representing a far-right faction of the NDGOP launched a recall petition for Rep. Dwight Kiefert, a Republican lawmaker from Valley City. Among their gripes was Kiefert’s vote to expel former Bastiat Caucus lawmaker Luke Simons amid multiple accusations of long-standing harassment of other lawmakers and legislative staff. Secretary of State Al

Citing ‘extreme rhetoric’ and ‘divisiveness,’ another North Dakota lawmaker announces retirement

MINOT, N.D. — Last week, during the waning hours of the Legislature’s special session in Bismarck, Sen. Nicole Poolman, a Republican, announced her retirement. In a speech she delivered on the Senate floor making the announcement, she cited the “toxic” and “divisive” political environment. “I would be lying if I didn’t admit to feeling a little weary,”

Rauschenberger resignation, special session, and why North Dakota’s coal industry bought a Tesla

North Dakota’s coal industry is promoting electric cars. The Lignite Energy Council bought a Tesla, emblazoned it with pro-coal messaging, and has been driving it around. It’s an image so incongruous to some that The Washington Post recently featured the marketing effort in a national news article written by reporter Will Englund. Jason Bohrer, president of the LEC, joined this

If you get two, and I get three, how in the world is that fair?

MINOT, N.D. — “North Dakota plan for split districts gives Native Americans ‘fairer representation,’ advocates say.” So reads a recent headline from a typically thorough article by Michelle Griffith, but I have to admit that I’m struggling with that word. “Fairer.” Is the redistricting plan, which splits two legislative districts that encompass Native American reservations, really fairer

Who could be North Dakota’s next tax commissioner?

MINOT, N.D. — Ryan Rauschenberger has served as North Dakota’s tax commissioner since he was appointed to the position by former Gov. Jack Dalrymple in 2013. Today, after hitting another bump on what has been a long road to sobriety, he announced his resignation from the office. He’ll be gone effective Jan. 3. Per chapter 44-02-03 of the North

Plain Talk: Lawmaker who resigned citing ‘toxic’ political environment speaks out

Sen. Nicole Poolman has served in the North Dakota Senate since 2012. During last week’s special session, she announced her retirement, saying she won’t be running for another term. Some of her reasons were personal, she wants to spend more time with family, and some were professional, she wants to focus on her job as a teacher,