Curious Loophole in North Dakota’s Ethics Amendment Exempts Local Officials From Gifts Ban

An architect's rendering of the Blu on Broadway project submitted to the city of Minot.

For Minot, this trip illustrates a need for city leadership with better judgment. For North Dakota, this trip exposes a loophole in new ethics regulations that ought to be closed.

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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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