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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Minnesota's legislative session begins Jan. 31, and with a Feb. 15 deadline looming and few signs of compromise, it's likely a judicial panel will make the final call on the state's new maps for congressional and legislative districts.
Discussions on home rule have begun anew as the Grand Forks County Commission considers how it will pay for expansion and upgrades at the county jail and for a new juvenile detention center.
American Democracy isn't just about winning elections. It's about respecting the process even when it produces a result you don't like.
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State regulators said they wouldn't enforce the vaccine or testing requirement following the high court's ruling, but recommended that employers take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Roers Jones is currently a state representative, having been elected to the House from District 26 in 2016.
One year after vetoing a bill to ban transgender girls from playing sports, Gov. Kristi Noem's team defended a new proposal to allow girls to sue a school if they lose to a transgender girl in sports
If UND means to implement a fair policy that serves the interests of everyone on campus, and not just serve knee-jerk desires to be in line with the latest political trends, they need to do better than what they've done so far.
The South Dakota Legislature has a menu of infrastructure fixes this year, including some state-owned spillways damaged in flooding and record rainfall in 2018 and '19. But few lawmakers will invoke the words "climate change," which an engineering professor says the state is not prepared to address.
What I find most disturbing is that almost the entire Republican Party has gone along with the big lie or have remained conveniently silent.

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The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" on Thursday along party lines. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., and Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn., voted against the bill, which faces a much harder path in the gridlocked Senate.
The state of the tribes address has annually been apart of the opening week of the South Dakota legislative session.
After receiving extensive public feedback, the commission voted unanimously to continue its study of the custody half-point.

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