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North Dakota Will Get Constitutional Carry as Governor Burgum Announces His Approval

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:44:46 +0000

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Dave Wallis / The Forum
Earlier this week the state Senate passed a House bill allowing for North Dakota citizens with one year of residency to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The bill went to Governor Doug Burgum’s office and, despite his campaign last year where he touted strong support for gun rights, there was concern that he might...(image)

Video: Casino Bill Goes Down in Flames, but Lawmakers Warn of Possible Initiated Measure

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:17:37 +0000

House Majority Leader Al Carlson speaks in favor of HCR3033, a resolution he introduced which would have amended the state constitution to allow a half dozen state regulated casinos.
In a different context I think I would have liked to see HCR3033, a constitutional amendment introduced by House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) to allow a half-dozen private casinos in the state, go to a vote of the people. I don’t have any more compunctions about gambling. It’s a perfectly acceptable form of entertainment,...(image)

The Solution for Hatred Is Not More Hatred

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:04:55 +0000

The former church in Nome, N.D., purchased by white supremacist Craig Cobb was on fire Wednesday, March 22. Special to The Forum
One phenomena I’ve been thinking and writing about consistently over the last year or so is our society’s increasing acceptance of ill treatment for those we disagree with. Left wing activists thought it was ok to break windows because Donald Trump got elected. Environmental activists thought it was ok to set construction equipment on fire...(image)

The State of North Dakota Is Not Putting Meals on Wheels Funding “At Risk”

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:25:17 +0000

Liz Lindquist, left, Julie Kamrowski and Gerri Davis form an assembly line as they get the meals prepared for delivery on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Grand Forks, N.D. Davis', the kitchen manager for fifteen years, day starts at 6am getting the meals started. Assembling, sealing and boxing up the meals for the drivers takes around a half hour for the number of routes they currently have. Jesse Trelstad/Forum News Service
“Meals on Wheels funds at risk with ND bill and Trump budget,” reads a recent headline. That’s an unfortunate headline though it does make for a nice talking point for the state’s liberals, who have been crowing about this online and tying the situation to similarly exaggerated claims about President Donald Trump’s budget. .@NDHouseDemNPL is...(image)

Governor Dayton Says North Dakota Was “Just Trying to Pull Other States in” to #NoDAPL Protests

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:49:30 +0000

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (Pioneer Press: John Autey)
The feud between the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and Governor Mark Dayton keeps getting uglier. It started with the MSA sending Dayton a letter accusing him of making a political decision to ignore requests for assistance with the #NoPAL protests made by North Dakota officials through a state compact. Dayton then responded with his own letter...(image)

Audio: Congressman Cramer Talks AHCA, Says He Doubts Trump’s Budget Will Hurt Fargo Diversion Project

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:41:55 +0000

Senator Heidi Heitkamp is in the media claiming President Donald Trump’s budget, which reduces funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, could put funding for the flood diversion project in Fargo in jeopardy. Today during our weekly open phones segment on WDAY AM970 (audio below) Congressman Kevin Cramer told me he doesn’t see it...(image)

Maybe the Legislature Should Let Medical Marijuana Proponents Live With Their Stupid Ballot Measure

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:24:51 +0000

Marijuana buds in a jar at a Portland, Ore. medical marijuana dispensary. REUTERS / Steve Dipaola / Files
In their latest bout of insufferable belly aching, the proponents of legal medical marijuana in North Dakota are now threatening legal action over legislative handling of the issue. “We don’t believe that the state Legislature needs or wants a lawsuit concerning (the medical marijuana law),” Riley Ray Morgan, the organizer behind last year’s initiated measure, told...(image)

Governor Burgum Is Undecided on Constitutional Carry Legislation

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:51:26 +0000

A screenshot from a Doug Burgum campaign ad aired during the 2016 election cycle touting the candidate as a "champion for North Dakota gun rights."
Yesterday the state Senate passed a House bill allowing North Dakotans who are not otherwise prohibited by law to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Because the Senate did not make any amendments to the bill, it now goes to Governor Doug Burgum’s office. But will he sign it? Burgum campaigned on his support for...(image)

Governor Burgum Has No Response to Governor Dayton’s Criticism of North Dakota’s #NoDAPL Response

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:04:24 +0000

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks with cabinet members on his first day of office.
There is drama brewing between Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his state’s sheriff’s over the handling of North Dakota’s request for assistance with the #NoDAPL protests targeting the Dakota Access Pipeline. But North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is staying out of it. Earlier this week the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association sent Dayton a letter objecting to...(image)

It’s Not a Crime to Be a Jerk

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:07:44 +0000

Fardoso Mohamed talks Monday, March 20, 2017, in Moorhead about how another customer harassed her and shouted at her to remove her hijab when she went grocery shopping Saturday. Forum file photo.
UPDATE: The original headline to this post used a profane word I felt accurately described this man’s behavior. I’ve changed it to something less apt, but also less profane, at the request of my bosses at Forum Communications. There was an ugly incident alleged in Moorhead recently which saw a man at a grocery store...(image)