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Law enforcement seized Aaron Dorn's 2003 Chevrolet Silverado in his arrest during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Nov. 24, 2016, in Mandan. Despite his acquittal on charges from that day, he's still involved in a legal battle for the return of his truck in civil asset forfeiture proceedings. Submitted photo

The State of North Dakota Should Give This #NoDAPL Protester His Truck Back

The State of North Dakota Should Give This #NoDAPL Protester His Truck Back

The #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline were, unfortunately, an exercise in violence and political extremism. That said, that the State of North Dakota would use civil asset forfeiture laws to keep the property of a protester acquitted of charges seems an injustice, yet that seems to be exactly what’s happening to New  York

Tammy Miller, Border States Electric CEO Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Border States Electric CEO Says She Won’t Be Challenging Senator Heitkamp This Cycle

Tammy Miller, CEO of Border States Electric, had been considering seeking the NDGOP nomination for the United States Senate. If she’d won that nomination it would have pitted her against Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. But this morning Miller told me she has decided not to run. “Earlier this year, I was approached to consider a

State Rep. Rick Becker, left, and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, right.

Voters Getting Call From Pollster Testing Becker, Schmidt Against Heitkamp

Multiple SAB readers contacted me last night and this morning saying they’ve been getting polled on potential match ups in North Dakota’s 2018 Senate race. Incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp announced that she’s running for re-election this morning, which is news to exactly nobody given the millions from out of state she’s already been stuffing in

Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller

Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller Considering Challenging Heitkamp for Senate Seat

North Dakota’s Senate race is heating up for Republicans. Congressman Kevin Cramer is considering a Senate run, and state Senator Tom Campbell of Grafton (who will be on my radio show this afternoon) is officially in the race and campaigning hard. Also considering Senate bids are state Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, former Congressman Rick

Republican state Senator Tom Campbell, seen here in a campaign ad announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Via YouTube

North Dakota Republicans, Democrats Get Utterly Uninspiring Candidates for House and Senate Races Today

For those of us who enjoy horse race politics, today was an indication that the 2018 election cycle in North Dakota may be a dull one. For the Democrats, former state lawmaker Ben Hanson of West Fargo announced his intention to run for the U.S. House. The most pertinent part of his resume may be

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck

State Rep. Rick Becker Says Decision on Senate Run May Have to Wait Until September but Won’t Hinge on Cramer

We know that state Senator Tom Campbell of Grafton is considering a run for the NDGOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp (who is absolutely running for re-election despite her silly posturing). We also know that both Kathy Neset, an oil industry consultant and member of the North Dakota State Board of

Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Heitkamp Has Gone From the 61st Most Popular Senator to the 11th, Hoeven Approval Has Fallen

Back in April of 2016 North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp had a 50 percent approval rating, and a 35 percent disapproval rating, making her the 61st most popular member of the United States Senate according to polling by Morning Consult. But since Heitkamp pretty much launched her 2018 re-election bid in January, leaving her to campaign

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck John Hageman / Forum News Service

Audio: Lawmaker Says North Dakota’s University System Needs to Change or Go the Way of Blockbuster

Blockbuster Video was a corporate juggernaut. Until it wasn’t. The movie rental market got upended by a different approach. Everything from Netflix to Redbox to on-demand video rentals available through cable boxes or streaming services made trips to the video store, that staple of American life from another generation, obsolete. Could the same thing happen

File photo of Republican State Senator Tom Campbell in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

State Senator Tom Campbell Apparently Polling Ahead of Potential 2018 Run

State Senator Tom Campbell, a Republican from Grafton, has long made it clear that he’d like to move up the political ladder. He flirted with a gubernatorial run in 2016, though ultimately stayed out of the race. In December, when Congressman Kevin Cramer’s name was in the mix for an appointment in the Trump administration,

Rep. Rick Becker R-Bismarck, listens to testimony in the House Transportation Committee. (Will Kincaid, Bismarck Tribune)

Rep. Rick Becker, Interested in 2018 Senate Race, Skipped Last Day of Legislative Session for Meetings in Washington D.C.

North Dakota lawmakers wrapped up the last day of their 2017 session on Thursday last week. Missing from their ranks? State Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican from Bismarck’s District 7. Where was Becker? The capitol rumor mill placed him in Washington D.C. where he was attending meetings related to a potential 2018 Senate campaign. I

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