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Video shows search warrant served on petitioner who worked on term limits measure

Video shows search warrant served on petitioner who worked on term limits measure

MINOT, N.D. — Back in March a ballot measure to implement term limits for state lawmakers and the governor was kept off the statewide ballot after Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office disqualified more than 29,000 signatures, many of them for alleged fraud. The matter was referred to Attorney General Drew Wrigley’s office for possible

Pro-choice Kansas? I’m just glad Americans can govern themselves on abortion again

MINOT, N.D. — It was a surprising result in Kansas last night, as voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed state lawmakers to put new restrictions on abortion. It was a landslide. The “no” votes won by nearly 18 percentage points . This, my friends, is what democracy looks like. Whether you like the outcome

Judge’s decision to delay North Dakota abortion clinic’s closing was correct, but also a technicality

MINOT, N.D. — There were many headlines yesterday trumpeting a decision by South Central Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Romanick to delay the impending closure of North Dakota’s only abortion clinic. Some of the headlines said the judge ruled “in favor” of the clinic in Fargo, and while that’s accurate, it may have also given

Let’s not abuse the whistleblower in the email debacle at the Attorney General’s Office

MINOT, N.D. — Here’s an uncomfortable truth revealed by the recent scandal over deleted email accounts in the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office: For the assurance of fair access to crucial public records, we rely almost entirely on the honesty and integrity of state officials. I have filed thousands of open records requests in my

Attorney General Drew Wrigley is making a mistake by refusing an outside investigation

MINOT, N.D. — This week, Attorney General Drew Wrigley announced that he will not be outsourcing an investigation into the deletion of official, state-issued email accounts for his predecessor, Wayne Stenehjem, or Stenehjem’s deputy, Troy Seibel. He is rejecting calls to let outside investigators explore the matter, and potentially bring charges. If you’re just catching up, the

Attorney General’s Office has an email retention policy, but it’s pretty much worthless

MINOT, N.D. — The deletion of email accounts for former Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who died earlier this year, as well as his former deputy Troy Seibel, has raised a lot of eyebrows. Stenehjem’s long-time executive assistant, Liz Brocker, said she ordered the deletion Stenehjem’s email account with the permission of Seibel. She then ordered