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Hey Standing Rock, Was Yosemite Sam Busy?

Hey Standing Rock, Was Yosemite Sam Busy?

I’m watching the North Dakota Public Service Commission’s hearing on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline today ( it’s on-going, you can live stream it here, I’m not sure if or when an archive will be available). The proceedings are mostly unfolding as you’d expect. A sober, if at times pointed, discussion of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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