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Video: Anti-Oil Zealots Shut Down Public Hearing on Line Three Pipeline

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:42:13 +0000

The political extremists in the anti-oil movement have promised to make Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project into the next #NoDAPL movement. Given that the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline were hugely violent, and saw millions of dollars worth of vandalism and economic damage perpetrated in the region, the folks of Minnesota should feel a sense...(image)

John Andrist: Celebrate or Tear Down Our History?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:50:00 +0000

Groundskeepers remove a plaque commemorating Robert E. Lee outside of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, Aug. 16, 2017. In the days after a white nationalist rally to defend a statue of Robert E. Lee led to violence in Charlottesville, Va., monuments to Confederate leaders came down in Gainesville, Fla., Baltimore and elsewhere. Sam Hodgson / The New York Times
Some people call it revisionism. Others prefer the term re-writing history, but by any name its a slippery slope on which we are riding these days. Revisionism was once a practice employed only by tyrants and revolutionaries, who wanted people to believe there was nothing before them, nor to follow them. Today it has become...(image)

Poll: 42 Percent of North Dakotans Say They’re Less Likely to Vote for Heitkamp if She Opposes Trump Tax Plan

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:03:37 +0000

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp shakes the hand of President Donald Trump with other state leaders Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Tesoro Refinery in Mandan, N.D. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Will Senator Heidi Heitkamp back President Donald Trump on tax reform? Her ride on Air Force One to the President’s event in North Dakota a few weeks back made national headlines. She also reportedly attended a dinner with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at which tax reform was the topic of discussion. That Heitkamp is...(image)

If We’re Going to Preserve the History of #NoDAPL, How About We Document All of It?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:33:45 +0000

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch holds a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismark.
News is that the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is going to preserve an 11.5-foot-tall mile-marker post made by Hickory Edwards which was displayed at one of the #NoDAPL camps during the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s a photo of it: That’s just fine and dandy. The protests were a major historical event,...(image)

Heidi Heitkamp Took Money From Wells Fargo PAC Just Nine Days Before Saying “Someone Should Go to Jail”

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:17:46 +0000

Senator Heidi Heitkamp appears on CNBC on October 5, 2017.
“I think somebody should go to jail,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp said during an interview with CNBC earlier this month (video at the link). “If we can start developing a level of personal responsibility of corporate leadership with the ultimate penalty being a criminal prosecution, we’ll see changes in terms of the duty to know,” she added....(image)

Connie Krapp: How Many Generations of #MeToo?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:10:10 +0000

Seems as though in the past several years, from Bill Clinton to Bill Cosby to Bill O’Reilly, a lot of public male personalities have kissed their reputations good-bye as not-so-secret tales of their sexual misconduct have surfaced. As we have watched story after story of harassment, abuse and perversion come to light, we might think,...(image)

Obamacare Was Driving up Premiums Even Before Trump’s Decision to Stop Paying Illegal Insurance Company Subsidies

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:34:41 +0000

Senator Heidi Heitkamp Dave Wallis / The Forum
There has been a lot of gnashing of teeth among Democrats over President Donald Trump’s executive actions last week. Specifically his decision to cut off illegal subsidies for insurance companies selling individual policies in the Obamacare exchanges. “This disheartening decision was about claiming a political win, not supporting American families,” Senator Heidi Heitkamp said in...(image)

Higher Ed Is Already Run by Politicians, They Just Don’t Have to Stand for Election

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:43:04 +0000

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. (Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)
In North Dakota talk often turns to better ways to govern our sprawling university system. Because that university system is often plagued with scandal. But when it does, you can expect some blinkered defender of the status quo to start talking about how universities ought not be politicized. Then the abuses of a North Dakota governor...(image)

Democratic House Candidate Raises Paltry $36,000 in First Quarter

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:31:09 +0000

Congressional candidate Ben Hanson (Grady McGregor / Forum News Service)
North Dakota’s Democrats would like us to believe that there’s a lot of enthusiasm in the state for unseating incumbent Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer in the upcoming 2018 election cycle. But judging by the financials for Ben Hanson, the only challenger to Cramer to announce so far, that just isn’t the case. Hanson announced his...(image)

North Dakota Is Smart to Resist the Wind Energy Bubble

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:10 +0000

Wilton Wind Farm is utilized by Basin Electric Power Cooperative as a source of renewable power in North Dakota. (AMY TABORSKY, Bismarck Tribune)
Ed Gruchalla is a former Democratic state lawmaker now serving as a flack for the wind energy after voters cast him out of office in the 2014 election cycle. He has a letter to the Fargo Forum suggesting that North Dakota is missing out because wind energy projects are being developed in other states and...(image)