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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

Congressman Kevin Cramer Announces He’s Not Running for Senate

Congressman Kevin Cramer Announces He’s Not Running for Senate

I heard early this morning that Congressman Kevin Cramer would be announcing his decision to run for re-election in the U.S. House, rather than challenge Democratic Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, and indeed that’s just what he announced this morning on KFYR radio. “After the visit with the President last week it was pretty clear to

A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

The State of North Dakota Can’t Give Away Things It Doesn’t Own

As SAB readers know, there has been a years-long dispute over ownership of minerals under Lake Sakakawea. That lake is man-made, resulting from the Garrison Dam holding back Missouri River water. When the dam was built there was an eminent domain process whereby the government bought the private property which was to be flooded. But

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Senate Leadership Fund Starts Ad Campaign Hitting Heitkamp Over Vote Against Tax Reform

“Heidi Heitkamp made a huge mistake siding with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to obstruct middle class tax cuts,” Steven Law, head of a Super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund, said in a recent press release. “We will take it to Democrats over and over this year on tax reform and are confident it

Isn’t Suing Drug Companies Over Opioid Addiction a Bit Like Blaming McDonald’s for Making You Fat?

The opioid epidemic is very real, and very ugly, both here in North Dakota and nationally. But does a lawsuit looking to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for drug addiction make sense? This from the Bismarck Tribune: Three Native American tribes from the Dakotas filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against major opioid manufacturers and

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It’s Time for Congress to Bring Back Earmarks

Not so very long ago conservatives – including yours truly – railed against “pork barrel” earmark spending stuffed into bills before Congress. We held up egregious examples of wasteful spending (I’m sure you folks remember the infamous “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska) and spoke about the need to cut down on waste. The conservatives won

It’s Time for Congress to End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

North Dakota, like many other states, has moved toward legalization of marijuana. Voters approved a ballot measure in 2016 which legalized medical marijuana, and after some necessary adjustments to that law made by the Legislature state officials are in the process of implementing it. A petition for another ballot measure to legalize recreational use of

Senator Heitkamp Didn’t Mean It When She Said “Zero Tolerance” for Sexual Harassment

Earlier this month embattled Minnesota Senator Al Franken delivered a self-serving, self-pitying speech on the Senate floor in which he announced that he’d be announcing his resignation at some point in the future. It was a truly bizarre speech, and many (including this observer) thought it was Franken buying himself some time to rehabilitate his

Rep. Kevin Cramer answers questions from the Grand Forks Herald editorial board Wednesday afternoon. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)

Cramer Says House Committee Promotion Makes Decision on Senate Run More Difficult

North Dakota Republicans are getting low on options when it comes to getting control of the one seat elected on the statewide ballot they don’t control. Right now the only official Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp is state Senator Tom Campbell, but he’s widely (and rightly) seen as a long shot. Other

Nicole Mattson of Moorhead leads Indivisible FM, a group that formed following the election of Donald Trump to push back against his agenda. David Samson / The Forum

Fargo Left Wingers Plan Protest for Something Which Hasn’t Actually Happened Yet

Indivisible Fargo-Moorhead, a left-wing group organized to resist the policies of Republicans, is organizing an event in Fargo protesting President Donald Trump’s firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Only, that hasn’t actually happened yet. In fact, President Trump has said he’s not even considering such a thing. A reader tipped me off to the event: @robport

City Hall in Grand Forks Grand Forks Herald

Maybe It’s Not the Government’s Job to Set Values for a Community?

The Grand Forks City Council is struggling with an “inclusion resolution” which, if passed, would create for the city a statement of values (albeit one without the force of law). The problem local government officials are finding is that it’s hard to define a set of values for a community. From the Grand Forks Herald:


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