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Supt. Kirsten Baesler: How to Improve Education in North Dakota

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:13 +0000

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North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler holds a press conference Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Fargo South High School. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
In May I announced that the Department of Public Instruction was beginning the process of revising North Dakota’s academic standards for math and English. These new standards will replace the standards adopted in 2011 based on the Common Core. Since May, two committees comprised of North Dakota teachers have met and completed the first draft...(image)



Audio: Senator John Hoeven Says Standing Rock Tribe Was Consulted on Dakota Access Pipeline

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:39:19 +0000

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One of the most consistent talking points deployed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its environmental activist allies is that they weren’t sufficiently consulted about the Dakota Access Pipeline. In fact, that claim was the justification the Obama administration used to halt construction of the pipeline under the Missouri River/Lake Oahe reservoir, saying that...(image)



Another 21 “Peaceful” #NoDAPL Protesters Arrested Today for Trespass, Possession of Stolen Property

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:16:10 +0000

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#NoDAPL protesters, some apparently armed with clubs, march on a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site on Tuesday, September 27.
According to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, another 21 protesters fighting to block the Dakota Access Pipeline were arrested today for charges including resisting arrest, trespass, and possession of stolen property. Per the press release, it also seems as though there was an incident where a protester on horseback menaced a law enforcement officer, prompting...(image)



Sad: Department of Health Employee Resigns After Debate Night Tweets

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:07:37 +0000

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Earlier this week I wrote a post about a public information officer at the Department of Health accidentally using the agency’s official Twitter account for her personal (and hilarious) debate reactions (see above). “I’m the PIO and I grabbed the wrong phone,” Colleen Reinke told me via email when I sent her a request for...(image)



Social Media Photos Collected by State Show Dakota Access Protesters With Weapons

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:44:04 +0000

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Photo shows #NoDAPL protesters on a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Photo via Morton County Sheriff's Department
Protesters looking to block the Dakota Access Pipeline have insisted, despite violent clashes with security guards and dozens of arrests for things like vandalism and trespass, that their movement is engaged only in peaceful prayer. The protesters also say that weapons aren’t allowed in their camps. Yet images collected by the State of North Dakota...(image)



Audio: Gubernatorial Candidates Marvin Nelson, Marty Riske Debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:16:01 +0000

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North Dakota candidates for governor share a laugh while participating in a debate in Bismarck. From left are Marty Riske, Marvin Nelson and Doug Burgum. Photo by Will Kincaid / Bismarck Tribune
On my radio show today I hosted a debate between the gubernatorial candidates. Or, at least, two of the candidates. Republican candidate Doug Burgum, who was all kinds of available back during the Republican primary, has become less accessible now that we’ve entered the general election portion of the contest. I sent an invitation to...(image)



US Attorney Christopher Myers: North Dakota Law Enforcement Deserves ‘Thank You’ for Dakota Access Protest Response

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:43:10 +0000

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Law enforcement officers arrest a protester at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near Glen Ullin, N.D., north of Interstate 94. (Submitted photo by Morton County Sheriff's Department)
As North Dakota’s top federal law enforcement official, I have spent the last five weeks engaged with our state and local law enforcement partners working to ensure public safety in the pipeline controversy near Standing Rock. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, as well as all our federal law enforcement partners, stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these professionals from...(image)



One of These Idiots Is Going to Be President

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:12:48 +0000

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton take the stage for their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York,on Monday night. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
There is much sturm und drang over “who won” the presidential debate last night. I’m not sure either of the candidates won, really. Donald Trump didn’t throw a chair, and Hillary Clinton managed to get through it without passing out or something. For me the bar was set that low. They both cleared it. Well done,...(image)



North Dakota Department of Health Tweets Anti-Trump Messages During Presidential Debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:01:07 +0000

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Looks like someone at the North Dakota Department of Health forgot to look at which Twitter account they were using tonight as America watched the presidential debate. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton threw rhetorical jabs on our screens, a Department of Health employee was making fun of the Republican candidate’s hair and telling debate...(image)



Audio: Jack Seaman Says Kevin Cramer Has “Consistently Voted for Unbalanced Budgets”

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:00:45 +0000

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Jack Seaman. File photo from Oct. 28, 2014. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Jack Seaman, Libertarian candidate for the U.S. House, was my guest on the radio today. His top priority, should be be elected to the U.S. House? The national debt, which he described as the “biggest threat to our national security” today. He said his Republican opponent, incumbent Congressman Kevin Cramer, has “consistently voted for unbalanced...(image)