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Podcast: Catholics Say Measure 1 Might Make Churches Report on Donations to Collection Plates

Podcast: Catholics Say Measure 1 Might Make Churches Report on Donations to Collection Plates

Christopher Dodson is the executive director of the North Dakota Catholic Conference. His organization opposes Measure 1, the so-called “ethics” or “anti-corruption” ballot measure, and part of the argument he made to me on the radio show was interesting. He noted that the measure (full text here) requires any organization spending more than $200 on

Demonstrators protest against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 4, 2018. As senators read FBI interview transcripts Thursday, the White House is confident that the new background check on Kavanaugh has improved his claim to the Supreme Court. (Zach Gibson/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

We’ve Got to Find a Way to Disagree Without Hatred Again

“When the Left is already screaming at people in public and doxxing them and staking out their homes, what does it look like for them to fight all the harder?” asks Ben Domenech in a column today for The Federalist. It’s a sobering question. A common tactic in politics is to portray the opposition in

Ethics Measure panelists were, from left, Susan Wefald, founder of North Dakotans for Public Integrity, Dina Butcher, president of North Dakota for Public Integrity, Geoff Simon, executive director of Western Dakota Energy Association and Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, chairman of the Government & Veterans Affairs Committee. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Supposed “Anti-Corruption” Amendment Supporters Don’t Get to Ignore the Text of Their Own Measure

North Dakota’s Measure 1, a constitutional amendment put on the ballot by professional signature collectors paid by Hollywood celebrity activists, is anti-free speech. Don’t take my word for it. That’s the opinion of the ACLU of North Dakota which opposes the measure because it, as they said in a press release last month, “Our First

The North Dakota House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Western North Dakota Lawmaker With a Job in Minnesota Will Resign His Seat

Back in January I wrote about Republican state Rep. Bill Oliver who represents District 4 in Bismarck. At the time I had been told that Oliver was living and working out of state. Specifically that he was working at a parts store in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, which isn’t exactly a short commute from New

Heidi Heitkamp Trots Out Noted Political Hack to Serve as “Law Enforcement” Critic for Cramer

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign has sent out to the press (forwarded to me by a recipient) an invitation to a conference call with someone described as “former North Dakota law enforcement.” I laughed out loud when the person described this way is none other than Tim Purdon, a partisan Democrat heavily involved in party politics

Measure 1 supporters, who refer to their initiative as an "anti-corruption" or "ethics" measure, file documents with Secretary of State Al Jaeger.

ACLU Opposes North Dakota “Ethics” Measure Saying It Would Be an Unconstitutional Restriction on Free Speech

Last month I wrote in a print column that Measure 1 – which supporters refer to as the “ethics” or “anti-corruption” measure – is an affront to the 1st amendment. Here’s an excerpt: I would encourage you readers to go to the secretary of state website and read the text of the measure for yourself.

Rugged terrain and hot, windy conditions kept local volunteer firefighters on scene for up to 30 hours at a time as they worked to prevent a fire in the Badlands from doing even more damage in 2017. AMY DALRYMPLE/BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Are Free License Plates a Good Way to Reward North Dakota’s Volunteer First Responders?

On the November ballot North Dakota voters will be asked to decide the fate of Measure 4 which, if passed, would allow volunteer first responders to get a special license plate for their vehicles for free. This plate would also entitle them to free entrance to state parks. Here’s the full text of the measure:

Creating a Database of Where DUI Offenders Were Drinking Is a Terrible Idea

We already use a lot of very bad metrics when it comes to the public debate over driving drunk. For instance, everyone from reporters to law enforcement to policymakers likes to talk about drunk driving arrests, but what do arrests really tell us about actual on-the-road safety? Arrest numbers can go up and down based

North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani, left, and University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy meet with The Forum Editorial Board to make the case for more legislative funding for research Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Magical Thinking Behind Dumping Money Into Higher Education

It was illuminating, I think, that the recent headline to a Fargo Forum editorial supporting a proposal to dump more taxpayer dollars into UND and NDSU was “Create brighter future for UND, NDSU.” It was not “Create brighter future for North Dakota students” or “Create brighter future for North Dakotans” but rather “Create brighter future”

If Marijuana Legalization Has Been So Bad for Other States, Why Have So Many of Them Done It?

When opponents of Measure 3, which would legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota, make their case against the proposal they often cite statistics from other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized. The intent is to provide for us a cautionary tale about how legalizing marijuana might go in our state. A recent