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Hailey Vold, a senior at Mayville State, walks to class recently past Old Main. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s Constitution Must Be Amended So We Have the Flexibility to Face the Future of Higher Education

North Dakota’s Constitution Must Be Amended So We Have the Flexibility to Face the Future of Higher Education

Like it or not, the way Americans access higher education has changed. It will continue to change. Old models of delivering that education need to change with it. Which is why lawmakers should pass HCR3016, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), which would remove from the state constitution mandates for the names and locations of

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

Bill Would Establish an Audit Department Tasked With Reviewing Government Agencies and Programs

Yesterday state Auditor Josh Gallion dropped a surprising report detailing money locked away in special funds by state agencies which continue to get general fund appropriation, with the recommendation that the legislature review these funds and consider putting some limits on these accumulations. I say it was a surprising report, because it’s not the sort

State Rep. Rick Becker

Plain Talk Podcast: Government Shutdown, “Abortion Reversal” Bill, and Civil Asset Forfeiture With Rep. Rick Becker

On episode 3 of the Plain Talk Podcast I talked about the longest government shutdown in American history, which I blame on the bloated federal government. The states should do more, and the intransigent politicians in Washington D.C. should do less. I also comment on “abortion reversal” legislation proposed in Bismarck for the 2019 session,

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, looks at the tally board Feb. 21, 2017 while lawmakers vote during the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

2019 Legislative Session Begins With Intrigue as Bastiat Caucus Asks Members for Dues

North Dakota’s 2019 legislative session begins today amid some intrigue. Last night state Rep. Rick Becker – erstwhile Republican gubernatorial candidate who had considered an audacious move to replace the Democrats as the minority party in the state House – sent out an email to other lawmakers inviting them to join his Bastiat Caucus. This

Rep. Rick Becker: What I Learned by Watching 30 Minutes of the Last State Board of Higher Education Meeting

This guest post was submitted by state Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican representing District 7 in the Bismarck area. A few days ago I read that the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) was considering allowing college presidents to offer out-of-state students the in-state tuition rate. Because this touched on two bills I

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck

Group of Republicans Considered Attempt to Replace Democrats as Minority Party in the Legislature

Over the years I have often heard North Dakota politicos of the Republican persuasion joke that if the Democrats in our state aren’t going to use their party for anything meaningful it ought to be taken over by conservatives, leaving us with a political divide between conservative and moderate Republicans. State Rep. Rick Becker, a

House Majority Leader Al Carlson Forum New Service file photo

With Rep. Al Carlson on the Ropes, Other Republicans Express Interest in Being Majority Leader

Rep. Al Carlson, a long-time state lawmaker and current Majority Leader in the North Dakota House of Representatives, is fighting for his political life in Fargo’s District 41. That district has been trending blue for a while now, and Carlson is hardly safe. Carlson, an incumbent, is running alongside newcomer and fellow Republican Michelle Strinden

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 #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

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