Another Year, Another Billionaire Trying to Write North Dakota’s Laws

MINOT, N.D. — Those enthusiastic about North Dakota’s initiated measure laws argue they facilitate grassroots involvement in politics. They paint a picture of engaged citizen activists taking to the streets as volunteer petitioners to get their ideas put on the ballot for approval by voters.

If only that idyllic portrayal were accurate.

In practice, it’s not how initiated measure campaigns work.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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