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Can someone explain to me what conservatives stand for these days?

Can someone explain to me what conservatives stand for these days?

MINOT, N.D. — I am routinely accused of being a turncoat. A traitor to the conservative movement. I refuse to be a follower of Donald Trump. I believe the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was as despicable as it was Trump’s fault (among many others). I have a belief, driven by empirical data, in the safety

House majority leader responds to lawmaker’s bizarre anti-vax rant directed at health department

MINOT, N.D. — This morning my email box lit up messages from people in state government forwarding me copies of a late-night email from Rep. Jeff Hoverson, a Republican from Minot. Hoverson, a member of the Bastiat Caucus who recently had to miss an anti-vaccine rally he helped organize because he came down with COVID-19, sent the missive at

Friday Mailbag: Poolman retirement, Legacy Fund controversy, Becker hypocrisy, infrastructure bill shenanigans

MINOT, N.D. — It’s been a busy week for North Dakota political nerds, what with the Legislature in special session. The fractures in the NDGOP were high visibility during at the session this week. There was the big anti-vaccine rally on day one, after which attendees flooded into the capitol building to shout rude things

Citing ‘toxic’ and ‘divisive’ times, Republican state senator announces retirement

MINOT, N.D. — Sen. Nicole Poolman, a Republican from Bismarck first elected in 2012, used a floor speech at the special session in Bismarck today to announce her retirement from office. In her remarks, a prepared version of which I obtained in advance, Poolman cited personal and professional reasons for leaving elected office. She wants to

Bastiat lawmaker says he may be censured for disparaging remark

MINOT, N.D. — Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-Minot) had to miss the anti-vaccine mandate rally he helped organize this week because he contracted COVID-19. That’s why he’s attending to his duties during the special session of the Legislature remotely. It’s also why he disparaged House Majority Leader Chet Pollert (R-Carrington) during a tense debate over a redistricting bill. Hoverson told