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Video: #NoDAPL Crybully Attempts to Deliver Letter to North Dakota Attorney General

Video: #NoDAPL Crybully Attempts to Deliver Letter to North Dakota Attorney General

On Twitter a gentleman by the name of Dan Rolle, from Las Vegas, describes himself as a “justice warrior” and “progressive leader.” Yesterday he, along with his 14 year old son, to deliver a letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office alleging “human rights violations” committed by North Dakota law enforcement against #NoDAPL activists. What’s

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple waves to the crowd as he is recognized during the Cannon Ball (N.D.) Flag Day Celebration on June 13, 2014, along with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Kevin Cederstrom / Forum News Service

Gov. Jack Dalrymple Goes From America’s 4th Most Popular Governor to 21st

According to a national survey by the folks at MorningConsult, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple is America’s 21st most popular governor. “MorningConsult surveyed more than 71,900 voters in all 50 states between May and September 2016,” reports the Bismarck Tribune. Dalrymple, specifically, has a 53 percent approval rating and a 28 percent disapproval rating with

Controversy Over Fargo’s FedEx Tax Break Shows Need for Reforming Economic Incentives

Last night Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig lost his push to rescind over $600,000 in property tax incentives granted to parcel delivery giant FedEx after the company announced they were moving some of their operations to that city from Grand Forks. Gehrig may have lost that vote, but the last laugh may yet be his. When Gehrig got

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

Can North Dakota’s Attorney General Be Both the State’s Top Cop and Top Lawyer?

Is it a conflict of interest for North Dakota’s Attorney General to be both our state’s top law enforcement officer and the state’s lawyer? I think it is. But first, some back story. Earlier this month criminal charges were dismissed against one of Governor Jack Dalrymple’s cabinet member. Maggie Anderson, the executive director of the

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem speaks at the state capitol in Bismarck on 6-29-2015 Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Defends His Office’s Handling of Voter ID Case

Earlier this week Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem came under fire from a conservative writer at National Review over his handling of a legal challenge to North Dakota’s voter ID laws. Hans von Spakovsky, a former commissioner with the Federal Elections Commission who has also worked for the Department of Justice, said lawyers representing the state didn’t even

FILE PHOTO: North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Did Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Defend North Dakota’s Voter ID Laws Adequately?

Recently a federal judge enjoined North Dakota’s voter ID law, meaning it cannot be enforced ahead of the general election later this year. It was the latest in a string of federal decisions against similar state laws across the country. But over at National Review Hans von Spakovsky – who counts in his resume stints at the Federal

North Dakota Needs Better Campaign Disclosure Laws

Over the weekend reporter Tu-Uyen Tran published a really, really good look at North Dakota’s far-too-lax campaign disclosure laws in the context of the very heated, and very expensive gubernatorial primary fight between Republicans Wayne Stenehjem and Doug Burgum. The impression Tran’s report should leave is that North Dakota’s campaign disclosure laws simply aren’t good

The Cass County Jail on Oct. 12, 2007, in Fargo, N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Legislative Discussion Over Sentencing Reform Gets Heated

There is a big gap between where LeAnn Bertsch and the state’s prosecutors are on sentencing reform for non-violent drug offenders. Bertsch, who is the director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections, wants to reduce penalties for drug crimes and get rid of mandatory minimum sentences. The prosecutors, meanwhile, are resistant to that change.

Inmates fill plastic trays with food for about 250 in jail at an assembly line in the Cass County Jail in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Despite Overcrowded Jails, North Dakota Judges Have Deviated From Mandatory Minimum Sentences Just Once in Last Year

Prison overcrowding is a big issue in North Dakota. “Overcrowded jails are having to find space in other counties and neighboring states for their own inmates,” WDAY reported back in January. That report found that more jail capacity is coming online – 10 counties are set to complete jail construction projects that will increase the

Doug Burgum addressed a receptive crowd of GOP faithful Tuesday at Bismarck Municipal Country Club. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Doug Burgum: “You Don’t Need More Money, You Need Better Ideas”

I don’t think there was anyone who was as consistently critical of gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum during the Republican primary campaign than I was. Even now, I’d like to know a lot more about what sort of specific policies this guy plans on implementing. What are his budget priorities? He’s pledged not to raise taxes,

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