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Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo during floor debate Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Lawmaker Sees No Problem Voting for Legislation Limiting Auditor’s Powers Despite Family Connection to Controversial Audit

Lawmaker Sees No Problem Voting for Legislation Limiting Auditor’s Powers Despite Family Connection to Controversial Audit

Watch the floor debates in the North Dakota legislature long enough and you’ll eventually see a lawmaker stand up and ask to be excused from voting on an issue because of a conflict of interest. Sometimes it’s in earnest; sometimes it’s a joke. At one point in this session one wag jokingly asked to be

Podcast: MN House Candidate Dave Hughes, a Health Care Discussion, and Opposition to North Dakota’s New Tourism Logo

On the radio show today Jordan Loftis, the organizer of an open letter with more than 700 signatories asking Governor Doug Burgum to undo a “brand refresh” he announced for the state’s tourism logo, explains why so many people are upset about it. Loftis says the logo will be used in tens of millions of

Podcast: Governor Burgum Says He’s Out to “Change the Budget Process Itself”

Governor Doug Burgum and state Rep. Tom Beadle both joined Rob today to talk about the budget guidelines for the 2019 legislative session. “It just wasn’t a fully sustainable model,” Beadle said of spending in previous, boom-era legislative sessions. Burugm, meanwhile, says he’s out to “change the budget process itself.” “We don’t have a revenue

State Rep. Pat Heinert (R-Bismarck) carries SB2249 on the House floor today.

Video: Bill Prohibiting Student Participation in School Activities After Conviction/Restraining Order Passes House

You wouldn’t think that our state would need a law like the one SB2249 proposes. You’d think that, should a student be convicted of a felony or restrained by a permanent protection order, the local coaches/teachers/administrators/school board would act, at the very least, to bar that student from participation in things like sports. Not to

Rep. Tom Beadle, seen here speaking on the House floor in 2015, offered amendments to legislation outlawing discrimination which would have narrowed its focus.

Legislative Committee Couldn’t Even Stomach Banning Government Discrimination Against Gays

When it comes to the issues surrounding gay rights both sides of the argument are guilty of intransigence. Those on the right who oppose things like marriage equality for homosexuals are quickly being moved to the margins of American politics. But something which has hurt the cause of gay rights are folks on the left

A shortage of dentists affects 40 percent of North Dakota’s counties and is expected to worsen as dentists retire. Forum file photo

Video: Legislature Sides With Dentists, Defeats Bill Allowing Expanded Practice

“I urge you to trust your dentists and vote no.” That’s what Rep. Jim Kasper (R-Fargo) said at the conclusion of the floor debate in the House today over HB1256. That bill, introduced by Rep. Bill Devlin (R-Finley), would have allowed for expanded practice in the area of dentistry. Expanded practice has become a pretty

State Rep. Sebastian Ertlet urges his fellow lawmakers to defeat a repeal of state blue laws telling them to "support the 3rd commandment."

Video: ND House Shoots Down Bill Ending Blue Laws in “Tent Revival” Floor Debate

“We’re having a damn tent revival,” one legislative observer told me of the debate today over HB1163. “Anybody who watched can safely skip church on Sunday.” At issue was North Dakota’s so-called “blue laws,” or the prohibition on Sunday morning openings. Currently stores can’t open before noon on Sundays. This legislation would have repealed that

House Votes Down Bill Which Would Have Made Lawmaker Record Requests Public

Over the last several years the North Dakota University System been plagued with scandal and controversy, a lot of it owing to things revealed by way of records requests with some of those requests originating with lawmakers. In response to that problem the university system – through their employee, bill sponsor Senator Tim Flakoll of

North Dakota Democrats Introduce Bill Banning Discrimination Against Gay/Transgendered

A bill to make discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is before the North Dakota legislature again. The bill is SB2279, introduced by Senator Carolyn Nelson. It appears to be a duplicate of SB2252 from the 2013 legislative session. That bill had Republican backing in the state House from Rep.

Video: Property Tax Transparency Bill Goes Down After Lobbying From Counties

Rep. Ben Hanson, a Democrat from Fargo, introduced HB1069 which would have required that North Dakota counties maintain an online database of property tax information. Not surprisingly local government lobbyists – perhaps the most effective opponents of government transparency in North Dakota – rushed to oppose the measure. “It’s just another state requirement that counties

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