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Doug Burgum, winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary, holds a press conference with running mate Brent Sanford on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

State Water Commission May Have Flubbed Meeting Where Drought Relief Was Approved

State Water Commission May Have Flubbed Meeting Where Drought Relief Was Approved

Yesterday, acting on a reader tip, I sent in an open records request to Governor Doug Burgum’s office. What I was looking for was evidence that the commission had held an illegal meeting. This afternoon Burgum’s office sent out a press release headlined, “Newly appointed State Water Commission to meet next week, address issue raised

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Victims Shouldn’t Have to Pay for the Law Enforcement Costs Created by Their Abusers

Here’s a simple truth about the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline: The pipeline company was repeatedly the victim of violent crime and vandalism while working, lawfully, to complete a permitted project. The political extremists who organized and perpetrated the often unlawful, often violent demonstrations were the perpetrators. That’s the point I make in

North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Audio: Wardner Says Burgum Guilty of “Selective Deletion” in Vetoes, Politics Not a Factor in Lawsuit

North Dakota lawmakers have voted to commence the early work of suing Governor Doug Burgum over some of his vetoes issued earlier this year, but when I used the word “suing” to Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) yesterday downplayed it. “We have a difference of opinion,” he said. “We need a third party to

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

Stenehjem Protects the Separation of Powers

“All sides are gonna be pissed at Wayne,” a political friend texted me yesterday upon news of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s opinion (see below) on the legality of some of Governor Doug Burgum’s vetoes issued earlier this year. “Nobody got everything they wanted.” That’s true. As you can see from this key excerpt, Stenehjem upheld

Fargo entrepreneur Doug Burgum asks for the NDGOP endorsement for governor during the during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Governor Burgum: Higher Ed Leaders Need to Feel More Fear

Forbes today has a very good interview with Governor Doug Burgum. The whole thing is very interesting and worth your time to read, but this exchange regarding education policy jumped out at me. In it Burgum, who has been saying some provocative things about education reform of late, suggests that people in higher education are

Video: Superintendent Baesler Says Burgum Skipping His Own Education Summit Was “Less Than Ideal”

Yesterday I wrote a post about some grumbling resulting from Governor Doug Burgum skipping a summit of education leaders he had convened in order to meet with the Trump administration in Washington D.C. on the topic of infrastructure. Last night on his television show Chris Berg asked Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, who was appearing live from

Doug Burgum tours the Cardinal IG plant Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Some Grumbling Over Governor Doug Burgum’s Absence From His Own Education Summit

Earlier this week Governor Doug Burgum announced that he’d be flying to Washington D.C. to meet with President Donald Trump on the topic of infrastructure. That trip is happening today. The problem? The trip coincides with an education summit Burgum has been touting for some time now. “Creating a clear path and connection between our education

Actor Josh Duhamel prepares in front of the Fargo Theatre as he shoots a tourism commercial Aug. 16, 2015. Forum News Service file photo

Josh Duhamel Says He Stays Away From Politics, but Remember When He Endorsed Governor Doug Burgum?

North Dakota’s own Josh Duhamel gave an interview ostensibly about his love of baseball, and selection as an ambassador for Major League Baseball’s All Star balloting, but he also had some comments about social media and why he steers clear of politics which were pretty interesting: Fox News: You’ve described having a love/hate relationship with

The setting sun bathes downtown Fargo in a golden glow in early August. David Samson / The Forum

If Governor Doug Burgum Wants His Main Street Initiative Taken Seriously This Is What He Should Focus On

Governor Doug Burgum has a column today in the Fargo Forum touting his vision for North Dakota’s downtown areas. I think he needs to realize that, at first blush, a lot of North Dakotans are going to be turned off by this push. For one thing a lot of citizens – most? – don’t do business

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