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Tony Gehrig: Incentives Don’t Lower Property Taxes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:52:58 +0000

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, left and Mayor Tim Mahoney listen to a discussion. Forum file photo
I do not blame any company for seeking incentives. Rather, I blame the government for giving them away. Incentives represent an unfair and unsustainable tax system that affects real people. Some proponents, mainly those receiving the incentives, are attempting to rebrand incentives as a good thing for everyone. Many even advocate for expanding them even...(image)

Senator Heitkamp Posts Misleading Figures About Tax Reform on Social Media

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:34:31 +0000

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp talks about the prospect of temporarily housing refugee children at the Grand Forks Air Force Base during a recent visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
I don’t think North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted on the tax reform bill’s merits. I think she voted the way her party bosses told her, and now after the fact she and her political allies are justifying it with exaggeration, hyperbole, and even outright falsehoods. Case in point, check out this tweet the Senator...(image)

Audio: Lawmaker Says as Many as 50 Percent of Women Who Work at Legislature Have Experienced Sexual Harassment

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:56:46 +0000

The North Dakota House of Representatives on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
With one ugly story after another about sexual harassment and abuse making headlines nationally, in Bismarck lawmakers have begun discussing their own policies on the matter. This week the Legislative Procedure and Arrangements Committee met to discuss the matter. A member of that committee, Rep. Kathy Hogan (D-Fargo), spoke with me on air today and made...(image)

Due Process for Me but Not for Thee Says the State Board of Higher Education

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:33:51 +0000

State Board of Higher Education Chair Don Morton, left, board member Greg Stemen and North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott listen during a meeting of the SBHE in Bismarck on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Andrew Haffner / Forum News Service
I recently published a statement here on SAB from Don Morton and Greg Stemen, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education respectively. While they don’t mention Chancellor Mark Hagerott and the scandal around him specifically, they’re clearly writing about it, and in their minds Hagerott has been treated unfairly....(image)

There Is No Other Word for This Than Censorship

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:46:33 +0000

Student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead have censored prominent conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. Specifically, they have voted to rescind funding for Shapiro’s speech which had previously been approved back in November as my colleagues Kim Hyatt and Patrick Springer report in the Fargo Forum. The cost of the speech was $7,080. A vote of...(image)

NDGOP Chairman Rips White Supremacist Who Endorsed Senate Candidate, Criticizes Forum for Publishing Letter

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:02:00 +0000

Peter Tefft, as seen Monday, August 14, 2017, is a pro white civil rights activist. Dave Wallis / The Forum
Fargo-based white supremacist Pete Tefft (who prefers to refer to himself as a “pro-white civil rights activist,” whatever that is) made a stir recently when he began posting social media messages supporting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell and criticizing Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. This prompted Campbell’s campaign to ban Tefft from their social media...(image)

What if Al Franken Isn’t Really Resigning?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:39:32 +0000

Senator Al Franken delivers a speech in which he announces his intention to resign. via YouTube
When Senator Al Franken, amid calls for resignation from his fellow Democrats, announced that he’d be making an announcement on the floor of the Senate it was obvious that he’d strike a defiant tone. People resigning in disgrace send out a press release. They don’t deliver a floor speech. As expected, Franken was defiant. Not...(image)

Audio: Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Says Constitutional Carry Hasn’t Slowed Demand for Concealed Carry Permits

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:14:03 +0000

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem
Earlier this year North Dakota lawmakers passed “constitutional carry” legislation which essentially allows any lawful gun owner to carry a firearm concealed without a permit. Yesterday, during a radio interview about national reciprocity legislation (which passed the House last night), Stenehjem said there’s still plenty of demand for permits despite that reform. “I thought…we’d see...(image)

Audio: Farm Bureau President Says Criticism of Tax Bill Is Cover for Heitkamp

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:03:13 +0000

Daryl Lies, North Dakota Farm Bureau president Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service
In recent days there has been a lot of criticism of the Republican tax bill in Congress and its impact on the agriculture industry. In an interview with the Williston Herald North Dakota Farmer’s Union President Mark Watne suggested that the tax bill will create deficits that will, in turn, result in cuts to farm programs....(image)

John Andrist: Another “F Word” We Probably Shouldn’t Use

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:10:22 +0000

(image) “You’re fired!!” Boy, talk about action verbs. No wonder it is becoming more and more difficult to terminate an employment relationship. In the years when I was running my own small business not once did I use that F (“fire”) word. Mind you, I made a few hiring mistakes in my day that had to...(image)