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Simply Made Apps is a fast-growing app developer with offices in downtown Fargo. Bill Burgess, left, and Brandon Medenwald, right, founded the company. Also pictured is Stephen Ruda, who develops apps for Android devices. Dave Olson / The Forum

Organizer Behind Blue Laws Ballot Measure Not Ruling Out a Run for Seat in Battleground Legislative District

Organizer Behind Blue Laws Ballot Measure Not Ruling Out a Run for Seat in Battleground Legislative District

During the legislative session earlier this year our lawmakers narrowly rejected a bill reforming the state’s so-called “blue laws.” The “blue laws,” for those of you not in the know, are those archaic laws prohibiting some businesses from opening before noon on Sundays. In response to the legislature’s failure to act, Fargo businessman Brandon Medenwald

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Shouldn’t Have Given the State of North Dakota a Dime

“Dakota Access Pipeline LLC has donated $15 million to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) to help retire debt incurred by the state as a result of its response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests,” Governor Doug Burgum announced in a press release which just dropped in my inbox. “We are grateful for

Fire erupts after trains, one of them transporting crude oil, collided west of Casselton, N.D., on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Photo Courtesy of William Hejl

It Would Be a Mistake to End North Dakota’s Rail Inspection Program

A few years ago a series of train derailments – some of them explosive – involving oil shipments were making national headlines. They were hyped by the enemies of oil development who are always looking for an excuse to “keep it in the ground,” but the incidents were a valid public safety concern too. Just

Gov.Doug Burgum addressing a joint session of the North Dakota Legislature in January, 2017. Photo by Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Legislature Opts to Sue Governor Doug Burgum Over Vetoes

A meeting of the Legislative Management Committee today voted to proceed with litigation against Governor Doug Burgum over vetoes issued earlier this year, though there will be more meetings and votes before anything gets filed. “We need to make a statement that the governor was out of bounds on this,” Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner

Elections, Not Political Deal Making, Should Earn Democrats Control of Committees

North Dakota Democrats hold just 22 seats out of 141 in the state Legislature. Because of this, during the regular legislative session, Democrats chair no committees. In fact, they don’t really have enough elected members of the Legislature to even cover all committee assignments. That’s as it should be. If Democrats want to control committees

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

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

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

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Lawmakers Probably Aren’t Finishing Today: “My Guess Is Day or Two More”

The goal for finishing North Dakota’s 2017 legislative session was day 70 of the constitutionally allowed 80. That was last week. Obviously, since lawmakers are still in session, it didn’t happen. The fall back deadline was today. When lawmakers broke for the weekend the idea was to come back this week and finish by Wednesday

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North Dakotans Should Expect a Property Tax Hike in 2018

“I guess it’s maybe time for a reality check here,” House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) said during a floor debate yesterday over SB2206. That legislation deals with the state’s take over of county-level social services. The local governments have been agitating for that take over for some time arguing, correctly, that they amount to

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