To Some NDGOP Lawmakers, Religion Comes Before Economics


MINOT, N.D. — It takes a lot of chutzpah for someone like Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, a Republican from Dickinson, to say that the Legislature has “opened it up enough” when it comes to business hours for the hospitality industry.

Is Wardner blind to what’s been going on in the world? The pandemic has, rightly, prompted limitations on the state’s businesses, and it’s been the bars and restaurants who have taken that regulatory right-hook to the chin.

They’ve been shut down.

Their seating capacities have been curtailed.

They’re reeling.

Now, as they seek a small bit of succor in the form of legislation that would allow them to serve alcohol earlier on Sundays, their pleas may not be heard over the sound of thumped bibles.

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