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When North Dakotans go to the polls, they vote for Senate and House members to represent their district. The candidates campaign on their ability to represent the district. Incumbents point to local improvements to show their skill at representing the district. Implicit in all that -- so much so that voters take it for granted -- is the notion that the House and Senate members will live in the district. But will they? North Dakota law is weak on that question.
How lucky we are to live in the United States. At this point, precious few Americans will need convincing of that. But all any skeptic would have to do is look at what happened in downtown Grand Forks on Tuesday, and he or she would be convinced. What happened, of course, is that a controversial speaker came to the Empire Theater, where he offered up the most extreme stereotypes about Islam.
Over the course of his or her service on the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, a board member will meet with the other members dozens of times. But one of those meetings will stand out. It will dwarf all the others in importance.
Now and then, North Dakota has something to say that the president of the United States should hear. This is one of those times: North Dakota's senators are sending President...
Vaping looks like smoking. And many regulators, including the FDA, want to treat vaping like smoking. But vaping isn't smoking. Nor is vaping -- inhaling the nicotine-laced vapors of e-cigarettes -- akin to tobacco use; simply put, e-cigs don't contain any tobacco. Instead, vaping is best thought of as a method of quitting smoking. As such, it can be a public-health tool.
Let's state the Herald editorial board's interest up front: We want UND to choose a new nickname, and we want that nickname to be both thrilling and unifying. For decades, Fighting Sioux qualified on both counts, and it could have kept doing so in the modern era if it had won the support of both Sioux tribes in North Dakota. Alas, it didn't; so now, the search is on for a new name. But while we're confident that UND's new nickname-selection committee can generate a number of exciting and maybe even thrilling names, we're a lot less certain about the "unifying" part.
Good questions have been raised about a few proposals by Grand Forks’ Community and Campus Committee to Reduce High-Risk Alcohol Use. Maybe the answers can be found by remembering the...
How to turn off independent voters and push them toward the other party: If you're a Democrat, blindly support public-sector unions, even when those unions clearly are working in their own — not the taxpayers' — interest. And if you're a Republican, keep on with the Voter ID charade, in which the GOP's conservative wing backs only those rules that happen to suppress Democratic-leaning votes. Case in point on the latter situation: the latest fracas in the North Dakota Legislature, this one involving student IDs. The Legislature's 2013 Voter ID law — which passed both House
The North Dakota Legislature doesn't act often to hobble law enforcement.
Minnesota has led the nation in so many areas and for so many years. Now, here's a chance for the state to do so again: to show the rest of the country, including Congress, how a divided government can work together to get big things done. The answer: compromise. And the urgent need to fix the state's bone-jarring highways is the perfect arena for the process to work. The roads need the help, as every Minnesotan knows.