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Plain Talk: Shouldn’t a constitutional amendment require 60% of the vote?

Plain Talk: Shouldn’t a constitutional amendment require 60% of the vote?

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s initiated measure process has become a venue for deep-pocketed special interests to hire local fronts, pay mercenaries to collect signatures, and then pound their issues into the heads of voters with big-money marketing campaigns. What was intended to empower grassroots activists to keep state government honest has turned into a

Plain Talk: ‘Innovation over regulation’

MINOT, N.D. — “We all take it for granted,” says Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, talking about energy that’s reliably available and cost effective. She’s running for the Public Service Commission, and she’s the incumbent, only not really. She was appointed to the PSC by Gov. Doug Burgum a couple of months ago to replace Brian Kroshus who

Plain Talk: ‘We can’t win as the old Democratic Party of the past’

MINOT, N.D. — “I would not vote for Nancy Pelosi” to be speaker of the House. So says Mark Haugen, who received the North Dakota Democratic-NPL’s endorsement at their state convention in Minot last month , and is currently running unopposed in the primary. He’s far from a cookie-cutter progressive candidate for the Dems. He’s pro-life, for

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