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Governor Doug Burgum opened North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly on Tuesday afternoon in front of a joint session of the legislature where he delivered the State of the State address. Gov. Burgum touched on a number of topics in the address but a continuing theme was lifelong education. "Learning begins with humility. Everyone has something to teach us," he said. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

It’s Not Appropriate to Sell Access to Governor Burgum’s State of the State Address

It’s Not Appropriate to Sell Access to Governor Burgum’s State of the State Address

It’s a little unusual for a North Dakota Governor to deliver a “state of the state” address in a year when the Legislature isn’t in session. The Governor’s address to lawmakers at the beginning of their session every other year is required by law. But Governor Doug Burgum’s decision to deliver a “state of the

State Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla was the Democratic candidate for governor in the 2016 cycle. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Last Election Cycle Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Marvin Nelson Paid Family Member to Be Campaign Manager

Because Senator Heidi Heitkamp is terrified that Congressman Kevin Cramer might run for her seat this year she’s deployed her surrogates to manufacture a scandal over Cramer paying family members to work for his campaign. As I’ve already written, Cramer isn’t paying them very much. In fact, he spends to be paying his family a

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Tax Reform Bill Will Probably Mean Lower Utility Bills for Many North Dakotans

Here’s some interesting news from the Public Service Commission. News which undermines the talking points we’ve been getting from the left about how Republican-backed tax reform won’t help the average citizen. Regulators will be making a decision today on whether or not to investigate the potential impact of tax reform legislation passed just before the

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks to reporters at the White House on June 2, 2017. (Al Drago/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

EPA’s Payroll on Track to Be Cut in Half by the End of Trump’s Term in Office

While the national political press debates about President Donald Trump’s competency, and the possibility of Oprah as President, the Trump administration itself keeps chugging along. At the EPA, in particular, where Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that the agency is already down to Reagan-era levels of employment and is on track to cut its payroll

Congressman Kevin Cramer poses with his wife Kris in front of "Executive One" at the White House in Washington D.C. Photo via Twitter

There Is Nothing Wrong With Kevin Cramer Paying His Family to Work on His Campaign

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, despite her carefully cultivated public demeanor, is a petty and vindictive politician. But don’t take my word on it. The attack Heitkamp’s partisan surrogates launched on Congressman Kevin Cramer (a man on the verge of announcing a campaign for Heitkamp’s Senate seat) this week is evidence enough. It was a two-pronged assault,

Things Which Belong to Everybody Belong to Nobody

Bike share programs are a nearly perfect distillation of the problems with the socialist ideals espoused by leftist leaders like Senator Bernie Sanders. I’m talking about the programs where bikes are left around to be freely used by whoever, not the bike rental services you see here and there. The latter is a model which

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks at a policy summit hosted by the Americans for Prosperity-North Dakota on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

Rep. Kevin Cramer Expected to Meet With President Donald Trump Tuesday Ahead of Likely Senate Run

It’s safe to move North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer from the “undecided” to “likely to run” column for the 2018 U.S. Senate race. According to multiple sources Cramer will be meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday this week to discuss the matter, and the indications I’m getting almost universally from Republican political circles is

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at the first meeting of the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Task Force on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Fargodome. Blake Gumprecht / Forum News Service

Governor Burgum’s Picks for His Higher Ed Task Force Are Deeply Uninspiring

I’ll admit to being excited when Governor Doug Burgum announced a new committee tasked with scrutinizing the governance of North Dakota’s university system. It will come as no surprise to you readers that I feel our state’s universities have deep-seated problems, and that many of those problems have roots in the way the universities themselves

Only Democrats Could Describe a Billion Dollar Tax Hike as Though It Were a Tax Cut

From the “if you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it” department, consider this letter to the editor from former Democratic state lawmaker Ben Vig. In it Vig blames Republican lawmakers for creating a “budget conundrum.” That’s true, as far as it goes. Majority Republican lawmakers grow state government too far and too

A protestor pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Militarized Police Officers Were Not Why the #NoDAPL Protests Were Violent

Were the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline violent because they were perpetrated by political extremists who pick fights with cops as a way to draw attention to their case? Or because the cops equipped themselves thoroughly against that threat? A lawyer for the activists says it’s the latter in response to an Associated

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