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Sen. Heidi Hietkamp, D-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Senator Heitkamp Played Politics and Ended up Giving Obama a Big Win for His Environmental Legacy

Senator Heitkamp Played Politics and Ended up Giving Obama a Big Win for His Environmental Legacy

How has Senator Heidi Heitkamp managed to be the only Democrat elected on North Dakota’s statewide ballot since 2008? She invests a lot of time and energy posturing herself as a moderate who frequently dissents against the liberal orthodoxy of her fellow Democrats. A the policy area where she most often does this is energy,

FILE PHOTO: Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System.

Chancellor Hagerott Blames Republican Politics for His Problems, but That Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Last week Chancellor Mark Hagerott was stung by the revelation of an unflattering performance review from 2016 – one alleging gender bias and inappropriate behavior – as well as an accusation claiming fired Vice Chancellor Lisa Feldner to make room in his budget to hire a former colleague of his from the Navy. This week

Self-Described “Outsider” Senate Candidate Touts 34 Endorsements From the Good Old Boys Club

If you needed evidence of how befuddled state Senator Tom Campbell’s campaign for the U.S. Senate is already, look no further than today’s press release touting 34 endorsements from state lawmakers. “Tom Campbell – a conservative farmer, outsider, and business leader – announced today that over thirty North Dakota legislators have endorsed his campaign for the U.S.

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

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

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

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem asks for the NDGOP endorsement for governor during the during the NDGOP convention Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Stenehjem Joins North Dakota to Group of 13 States Threatening to Sue California Over Coal Divestment Initiative

UPDATE: ND Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread has signed on to a similar effort opposing California’s push. You can read his press release here, and the letter here. In California, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has begun what he’s calling the Climate Risk Carbon Initiative. Arguing that because of climate change investments in fossil fuel energy production are

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

Audio: Stenehjem Defends Support for Trump’s Travel Ban, Says There’s “Strong Likelihood” He’ll Run for Re-Election

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem recently joined North Dakota to 15 other states which filed an amicus brief in support of President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban. I had him on my radio show today and asked him why he supports the policy. “I felt that it was important to stand up for constitutional principles,” he

A screenshot from a Doug Burgum campaign ad aired during the 2016 election cycle touting the candidate as a "champion for North Dakota gun rights."

Governor Burgum Is Undecided on Constitutional Carry Legislation

Yesterday the state Senate passed a House bill allowing North Dakotans who are not otherwise prohibited by law to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Because the Senate did not make any amendments to the bill, it now goes to Governor Doug Burgum’s office. But will he sign it? Burgum campaigned on his support for

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp speaks Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in in Fargo, N.D. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Why Is Senator Heidi Heitkamp Protecting Obama’s Last Minute Methane Emission Rule?

On his way out the door earlier this year former President Barack Obama committed an act of regulatory vandalism. He instituted a last minute rule through the Bureau of Land Management targeting methane emissions from oil and gas development. It’s a rule, like so many of the Obama administration’s actions, aimed less at protecting the

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