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

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

Isn’t Suing Drug Companies Over Opioid Addiction a Bit Like Blaming McDonald’s for Making You Fat?

The opioid epidemic is very real, and very ugly, both here in North Dakota and nationally. But does a lawsuit looking to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for drug addiction make sense? This from the Bismarck Tribune: Three Native American tribes from the Dakotas filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against major opioid manufacturers and

ND Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Democrats Aiming Vindictive Politics at Wrigley and U.S. Attorney Appointment

President Barack Obama made a very poor choice when he appointed Timothy Purdon to be U.S. Attorney for North Dakota back during his first years in office. Purdon’s hyper-partisan background caused delays in his Senate appointment process (he was appointed directly from the Democratic National Committee) and shortly after taking office he announced prosecution of

Drew Wrigley photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley Being Promoted to Trump Administration for Second Appointment as U.S. Attorney

Drew Wrigley served as North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. He stepped down from that appointment during the Obama administration – though many at the time, including the Fargo Forum in a glowing editorial, urged President Obama to keep him on the job – and served as Lt. Governor under

Federal prosecutor Christopher Myers of the U.S. Attorney's Office addresses media members about new opiate enforcement and prosecution strategies to be employed during a news conference at Fargo Police Headquarters on Monday, May 16. 2016. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Bipartisan Agreement Over North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney Is a Welcome Departure From Hyper-Partisan Obama Era

The Trump administration has asked dozens of Obama-appointed U.S. Attorneys across the nation to step down, which is a routine matter for new administrations. Particularly when control of the White House switches parties. But North Dakota’s federal prosecutor is staying on the job, and the bipartisan consensus among North Dakota’s congressional delegation is that Trump

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada January 21, 2016. REUTERS / David Becker

Audio: Former U.S. Attorney Wrigley Says Complaints About Trump and Federal Prosecutors Are Partisan Politics

President Donald Trump has stoked controversy yet again, this time by asking for the resignation of dozens of Obama-appointed federal prosecutors. One former U.S. Attorney here in North Dakota, albeit one who didn’t stick around in his job long enough to be canned by Trump, has been crying foul. “I want to make it very

Neby Ceeneby of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe helps move donated goods out of the path of potential spring floods in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., Jan. 24, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

Activist Lawyer: Trump Overturning Obama’s Political Pipeline Obstruction Is Like Totally Political

I don’t think anyone would accuse former U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon of being a deep thinker, but the federal prosecutor turned activist lawyer outdid himself with this display of conflicted logic regarding President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders. Purdon literally argues that Trump overturning Obama’s political pipeline obstructions is, uh, political. Former U.S. Attorney for

A man walks in front of a Hillary Clinton sign at Ben Franklin Middle School in north Fargo as Democrats attend the caucus there on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Rick Abbott / Forum News Service

Voting For Sanders, North Dakota's Democrats Move To The Left Of Relevance

At the national level Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is struggling mightily to unite her party even as her opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, continues to win in some states. That made North Dakota’s caucus last night kind of important, as implausible as that might seem. Normally our state is almost irrelevant to presidential politics, but

The wind farm 5 miles southwest of Tripp (Forum News Service file photo)

Obama Administration Exempts Wind Power From Consequences For Slaughter Of Birds

Back in 2011 Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon tried to prosecute a group of oil companies operating in North Dakota over 28 dead ducks. The ducks were found after a months-long investigation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which probably could have found about the same number of dead water fowl along the state’s

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Democratic Governor's Association Says They Don't Expect Heitkamp To Run In 2016

With North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple announcing that he’ll be stepping down at the end of his current term the state is facing its first open gubernatorial race since 2000 when John Hoeven (with Dalrymple as his running mate) was elected. Thoughts now turn to who will be running in 2016, and for Democrats the

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