The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
The hype about the relative value of North Dakota’s 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention is a tad, well, hyperbolic. The delegates “value” will depend on a couple of...
Kermit the Frog's lament, "It's not easy being green," could be the theme song—with a small change—of North Dakota's Democrats. "It's not easy being Democrat." As the marginalized Democratic-NPL Party gathers Friday in Bismarck for the state endorsing convention, the high expectation for attendance is an optimistic 500. Some 200 miles to the east, Republicans will convene their convention with at least 1,700 on the roster. The numbers tell a sobering story.
The slowdown in North Dakota's energy- and ag-dependent economy should not mean needs that have gone unmet for decades should continue to go unmet. That is particularly true of projects that are designed to deal with water: too much water and not enough water.
Gridlock has become synonymous with Congress. But despite the deep divisions among elements of the U.S. House and Senate, the first session of the 114th Congress (2015), to the surprise...
A rare bipartisan voice of reason was heard this week in the halls of the North Dakota Capitol. Two legislators, often on opposite sides of issues and policy, agreed the Legislature must bring the language of state law regarding the definitions of marriage into compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Sen. David Hogue, R-Minot and Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, who are "learned in the law," agreed the state's language should be changed to avoid problems in the future. They spoke at an interim Judiciary Committee meeting.
In the snirt blizzard of political news, North Dakotans might want to take a short break to focus on the past—the prehistoric past.
If there was any doubt that North Dakotans love their public schools, it was put to rest by the results of a Gallup poll that showed 89 percent of North...
President Barack Obama's historic opening to Cuba is being welcomed by congressional Democrats and Republicans, despite demonstrably foolish rhetoric from a few senators and congressmen who seem to be rejecting the initiative not on its merits but because Obama did it. It's a particularly empty stance in light of a half century of unproductive U.S. policy toward Cuba that was driven by the political clout of displaced Cubans who settled mostly in Florida after the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.
It is easier and more voter-friendly to vote in North Dakota than in nearly every other state. That's not speculation. It's the conclusion of organizations and analysts that examine voting systems in the United States. North Dakota, which does not require prior voter registration and has a minuscule incidence of voter fraud, always ranks very well.
Asked at their recent debate about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said they opposed the process that has revolutionized and revitalized the oil and natural gas industries in the United States. It's a peculiar position for candidates who have taken great pains to define themselves as champions of the middle class. But it's a perfectly understandable stance for them as they pander to the utopian environmental activists who make up a significant segment of the Democratic Party's primary and caucus voting base.