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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

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

Don’t Let Local Property Tax Hikes Be Automatic

“City property taxes are going to go up.” That’s what Blake Crosby, executive director of the North Dakota League of Cities, told me during a radio interview this week. His argument is that lawmakers dabbled in property tax policy, implementing buy downs of local property taxes funded by statewide surpluses, but did so without an

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

The Dickinson State University campus is seen in this undated Dickinson Press file photo

Bailout for Embattled Dickinson State University May Bog Down Efforts to End Legislative Session

Earlier today I wrote about some lawmakers in Bismarck expressing doubt that they can complete their legislative session on Tuesday. They already blew past their goal of being done on day 70 last week. Contributing to the delays in finishing up is a surprise Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner  dropped on his colleagues on Friday.

House Majority Leader Al Carlson, left, was among a group of Republican lawmakers who sent a letter critical of Senator John Hoeven, right, over wind power subsidies.

State Lawmakers Criticize Sen. John Hoeven in Letter, Say Wind Companies “Use North Dakota” to “Mine” Tax Dollars

Wind energy has been a hot topic down in Bismarck this legislative session, and for good reason. As wind energy developers rush to build new developments in order to gobble up massive federal subsidies, and take advantage of a policy allowing them to sell all of their energy into the power grid before anyone else,

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