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Ralph Muecke at the North Dakota Watchdog Network booth explains a proposed ballot measure to a fairgoer in the Commercial II Building at the North Dakota State Fair Thursday. Jill Schramm / Minot Daily News

We Should Allow More Time for Referendum Campaigns

We Should Allow More Time for Referendum Campaigns

As of yesterday all three referendum campaigns started by Dickinson citizen activist Riley Kuntz have failed. He was trying to refer an appropriation for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, an expansion of the open records exemption for legislative emails, and a limit on the powers of the state auditor to the statewide ballot for a

Doug Burgum addresses the crowd after winning the office of governor Tuesday night, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo. Brent Sanford, at right in the photo, is the new Lt. Governor Dave Wallis / The Forum

Poll: Governor Doug Burgum Enjoys 60 Percent Favorable Rating, Has Support of a Plurality of Democrats

In polling from DFM Research (which I’ve written about earlier this week with regard to the Teddy Roosevelt library project and President Donald Trump), North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has a 60 percent approval rating. That’s about what you’d expect from a Republican governor in a Republican state, and it’s line with the numbers for

Senator Kevin Cramer David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: “If You Want to Be Offended by Something You’ll Be Offended” Says Senator Kevin Cramer

Senator Kevin Cramer took questions from listeners on this episode of Plain Talk, and every single question this week had to do with his recent comments about disparagement of North Dakotans which he made in the context of President Donald Trump’s feud with Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. Cramer says he’s “never heard Elijah Cummings claim

State Auditor Josh Gallion

Referendum for Auditor Law Won’t Make the Deadline

“Not making the referendum deadline.” That’s what Riley Kuntz, the organizer behind the “Audit the Swamp” campaign to refer three pieces of legislation passed by lawmakers earlier this year to the statewide ballot for a potential veto vote, told me today. His group had already missed the deadline on two other referendum campaigns – one

President Donald Trump speaks in Bismarck Forum file photo

Poll: Trump Leads Biden Among North Dakotans in Head-to-Head Matchup, Has 56 Percent Favorable Rating

The current polling has former Vice President Joe Biden leading a crowded field of Democratic candidates in the 2020 White House race on the national level, but here in North Dakota the front runner is a country mile behind incumbent President Donald Trump. That’s according to a May poll from DFM Research (which was also

Print Column: The Bank of North Dakota Is the Kim Kardashian of Financial Institutions

MINOT, N.D. — The term “famous for being famous” originated, more than likely, with British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge. “In the past if someone was famous or notorious, it was for something — as a writer or an actor or a criminal; for some talent or distinction or abomination,” he wrote in 1967. “Today one is

Drew Wrigley Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Fargo Police Department Says No Charges for Traffic Accident Involving U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley

Last week a Facebook post by a woman who was involved in a traffic accident with U.S. Attorney (and former Republican Lt. Governor) Drew Wrigley got some attention from local media. The post accused Wrigley of leaving the scene of the accident, among other things. “You hit my car, Drew. You straight up fled the

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt stands on a street corner in Medora, N.D., as visitors roam the town Saturday, June 29, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Poll: North Dakotans Split on Supporting Roosevelt Library, Project Is Least Popular in Western North Dakota

Dean Mitchell of DFM Research is a friend of mine who also works as a political pollster. I’ve commissioned polling from him, and his worked for various groups and political candidates on both sides ideological spectrum. His work is well-regarded in North Dakota. Recently he shared with me some excerpts from polling he did in

ND Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks at the North Dakota GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Senator Kevin Cramer: Sometimes People Are Racist Against North Dakotans

Senator Kevin Cramer recently made some comments defending President Donald Trump in his feud with Rep. Elijah Cummings, and in them suggested that he’s at times a victim of racism because people make “snide” remarks about North Dakota. From the Washington Times: “I could be a victim of racism, but I don’t offend easily, I

Print Column: I Hope Rush Limbaugh Is Wrong, but I Don’t Think He Is

MINOT, N.D. — We haven’t had a governing majority in the federal government committed to fiscal prudence in a long, long time. We have had lots of politicians who like to posture themselves as fiscal hawks. Former North Dakota U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad did that, though he started his career in the U.S. Senate by

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