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North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, left, and MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox sign a new compact for sharing oil tax revenues from tribal lands. Photo via Burgum's office

Nearly Three Years After Standing Rock Protests North Dakota Signs Agreement With Tribal Government to Facilitate Oil Production

Nearly Three Years After Standing Rock Protests North Dakota Signs Agreement With Tribal Government to Facilitate Oil Production

Three cheers for Governor Doug Burgum and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Mark Fox who, yesterday, signed a new agreement to share tax revenues from oil activity on tribal lands. It’s a big deal, and noteworthy coming as it does nearly three years after the beginning of the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Dina Butcher, left, and Ellen Chaffee were involved with changing the North Dakota constitution when voters approved Measure 1 in November. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

It’s Easy to Amend the State Constitution When Hollywood Celebrities and Billionaires Are Paying to Collect Signatures

In Bismarck lawmakers are looking to make the process of amending North Dakota’s constitution harder, and for good reason. Our state constitution is a sacred document, and ought not be lightly amended. Yet of late interests with deep pockets, like the California billionaire who bankrolled the Marsy’s Law campaign, have figured out they can buy

NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald

University System Chancellor Admits He Isn’t Candid in Written Evaluations of University Presidents

For years now, through scandal and controversy, the presidents of North Dakota’s universities have received consistently glowing evaluations from their boss the chancellor. It hasn’t really mattered who the chancellor is, or who the university president is, the only thing you’ll find in the publicly available evaluations is glowing praise. The reason for this is

Archive Photo Courtesy of the Dickinson State University Theodore Roosevelt Center Theodore Roosevelt portrait with globe. 1903

Poll Shows 64 Percent of North Dakotans Support Building Teddy Roosevelt Library

When Governor Doug Burgum introduced his executive budget to lawmakers late last year it included $50 million in funding from the state’s Legacy Fund earnings for a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library to be built in Medora. It’s proven to be one of the most controversial proposals of the legislative session so far, running into the

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Maybe the Real Dummies Are the People Who Can’t Articulate a Convincing Defense of Gun Buyback Programs

HB1381, introduced by state Rep. Luke Simons (R-Dickinson) and passed by the House earlier this month on a 66-26 vote, would ban any gun buyback program sanctioned or funded by the government in North Dakota. Private organizations could still do a buyback event, but no event sponsored by the government and/or funded by taxpayer dollars

A former jewelry store location in the Western Center shopping mall in Fargo near West Acres will be site of the Acreage North Dakota medical marijuana dispensary. The dispensary at 4302 13th Ave. S. is expected to be open Feb. 28.

Stop Pretending Like Your Kids Don’t Already Know What Marijuana Is

Though legal (or at least decriminalized) recreational marijuana probably isn’t going to be a thing in North Dakota for a while yet, we aren’t all that far away from licensed businesses legally selling marijuana from medicinal purposes in our communities. That’s due to a very poorly written ballot measure passed by voters in the 2016

Dina Butcher, left, hands North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger a proposed petition for a ballot measure to add anti-corruption policies to the state constitution Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Offer of Free Ballet Tickets Sets Off Emailed War of Words Among Lawmakers, Measure 1 Activist

A legislative source forwarded me an email exchange which illustrates perfectly the Legislature’s efforts to implement Measure 1 (ethics) approved by voters last year. And why many observers, including myself and the ACLU, opposed the measure as an infringement on speech and political activity unreasonable to the point of being unconstitutional. The whole thing is

McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson testifies against legislation reforming civil asset forfeiture. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Lawmakers Should Keep Supreme Court Ruling in Mind While Considering Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill

HB1286, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), would require a conviction before law enforcement can forfeit (read: keep) property or cash seized during a criminal proceeding. It would also put in place some reporting requirements for forfeitures conducted in the state. The bill did well in the House Judiciary Committee, emerging with an 11-3 “do

Voters cast their ballots Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at the Baymont Inn in south Fargo.

After the Furor Over North Dakota’s Voter ID Laws Study Finds Those Sort of Policies Don’t Actually Suppress Votes

A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that voter ID laws “have no negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any group defined by race, gender, age, or party affiliation.” The researchers made some 1.3 billion observations, collected from 2008 to 2016, which they say support this argument. “These

State Senator David Hogue (R-Minot) speaks in defense of SCR4001 which would require legislative approval of any ballot measures amending the state constitution.

If You’re Skeptical of the Legislature Making Changes to the Initiated Measure Process Please Watch This Video

The state Senate’s Committee’ on Government and Veteran Affairs voted on SCR4001 they gave it a unanimous “do not pass” recommendation. The resolution, introduced by Senator David Hogue (R-Minot), would amend the state constitution to require that ballot initiative which would amend the state constitution be approved by the Legislature in addition to the voters.

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