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Heitkamp Fundraising Email Calls Republicans Radicals and Extremists

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:44:11 +0000

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)
Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s political success here in North Dakota, as the only Democrat to win a statewide election in this deeply Republican state since the 2008 cycle, is built on the candidate promoting herself as a conservative, moderate Democrat who isn’t afraid to work with Republicans. So imagine my surprise when a reader forwarded me...(image)

Audio: Majority Leaders Carlson and Wardner Call for Local Spending Cuts to Avoid Property Tax Hikes

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:04:05 +0000

Senate majority leader Sen. Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson), left, and House majority leader Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo) review amendments for legislation before a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April 25, 2017 in the state capitol. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
Yesterday I had House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner on my radio show on 970 WDAY (podcast) to recap the legislative session. The big thing on a lot of people’s minds heading into this interim, and the 2018 election cycle, is property taxes. Every press release I’ve seen from the...(image)

John Andrist: Is Big Business a Blessing or a Curse?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:35:37 +0000

(image) If somebody has more than they need, it is logical to conclude that sharing it with somebody who is hungry can satisfy both of them. But does that mean the rich create the poor? Or that the rich are subjugating the poor? Our family had that discussion around the dinner table, of all places, on...(image)

Turns Out Those Efforts to Buy the Internet Histories of Politicians Were Kind of a Scam

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:04:54 +0000

Remember earlier this year when social media was full of rage that Congress, and President Trump, had blocked an Obama-era internet privacy rule from going into effect? The most common refrain was that Congress, and the President, had given internet service providers the ability to sell your browsing history. Dozens of online fundraising efforts sprung...(image)

Former Congressman Rick Berg Not Ruling Out 2018 Campaign

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:00:47 +0000

Rick Berg celebrates as he and his family are followed by supporters during a rally after his speech to delegates of the North Dakota state GOP convention Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum Communications Co.
In 2010 Rick Berg, a long time Republican state lawmaker from Fargo, ran for Congress and defeated 10-term incumbent Earl Pomeroy ending a decades-long stranglehold Democrats had on North Dakota’s federal delegation. But in 2012 Berg opted to leave his House seat behind and run for the Senate seat which was being vacated at that...(image)

Video: Things Got a Little Weird at the End of North Dakota’s 2017 Session

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:36 +0000

The legislative session is serious business. Most of the time. Towards the end of the 2017 session I guess things got a little…weird. “We’ve been having some pranks going on throughout the session,” a House lawmaker told me yesterday evening. Things like turning a fellow lawmaker’s phone ringer on and then calling them during the...(image)

Republican Legislative Leaders: We Balanced the Budget and Didn’t Raise Taxes

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:39 +0000

This guest post was submitted by House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner As the legislature leaves Bismarck, we are returning home with a balanced budget and no tax increases. This session has proven the importance of exercising fiscal responsibility and saving for lean times. Despite facing one of the largest...(image)

Legislators End Session, State General Fund Spending Down More Than 38 Percent From Oil Boom Peak

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:10:10 +0000

House lawmakers pass HB1015, the budget for the Office of Management and Budget, on the 77th day of their session. They then adjourned sine die.
The legislative session in Bismarck finally ended today with lawmakers voting to adjourn sine die this evening. Here’s video: #SineDie #NDLeg — ND House Republicans (@NDHouseGOP) April 28, 2017 You can read Governor Doug Burgum’s spin on the outcomes from the session below. “Despite the unprecedented revenue shortfall we faced heading into this session, we...(image)

We Can’t Have Justice if We Don’t Scrutinize Accusers

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:19:00 +0000

James Patrick Whalen, right, leaves the Grand Forks County Courthouse with his attorney, Robert Hoy, after pleading guilty to sexual assault and corruption of a minor. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Yesterday I wrote a post responding to outrage over comments made by Robert Hoy, defense attorney for James Patrick Whalen, a Grand Forks teacher who recently pleaded guilty to charges related to a sexual relationship he had with a 16 year old female student. Many in the media were outraged that Hoy brought up the...(image)

Former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley Being Promoted to Trump Administration for Second Appointment as U.S. Attorney

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:36:15 +0000

Drew Wrigley photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Drew Wrigley served as North Dakota’s U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. He stepped down from that appointment during the Obama administration – though many at the time, including the Fargo Forum in a glowing editorial, urged President Obama to keep him on the job – and served as Lt. Governor under...(image)