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Can North Dakota’s Attorney General Be Both the State’s Top Cop and Top Lawyer?

Can North Dakota’s Attorney General Be Both the State’s Top Cop and Top Lawyer?

Is it a conflict of interest for North Dakota’s Attorney General to be both our state’s top law enforcement officer and the state’s lawyer? I think it is. But first, some back story. Earlier this month criminal charges were dismissed against one of Governor Jack Dalrymple’s cabinet member. Maggie Anderson, the executive director of the

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Are Websites Like FanDuel And Draft Kings Legal In North Dakota?

If you’ve watched a sporting event in the last year or so, or spent any significant amount of time online, you’ve probably seen advertising for fantasy sports websites like FanDuel or Draft Kings. They bill themselves as just another iteration of the fantastically popular sports games where participants draft fantasy teams of real players and

John Olsud: If Legislating Through The Courts Is Bad, How About Legislating Through AG Opinion?

Much attention has been paid in recent weeks to decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Critics claim the Court is legislating when it interprets the language in the constitution. This article is about a similar issue involving not the courts but opinions of the Attorney General of this state. During my years as director

LegitSlater: Does North Dakota Have Too Many Elected Offices?

Last week, SAB contributor Rod St. Aubyn opined that perhaps we in North Dakota elect too many offices. Specifically, he asked: “What do the offices of State Auditor, State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, Public Service Commissioners, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner and Tax Commissioner have in common? In North Dakota all of


Bresciani Emails Found, University System Apparently Getting A House Cleaning

Some very interesting developments in the email scandal at North Dakota State University today that make me think back to a line that President Dean Bresciani wrote about former Chancellor Hamid Shirvani in an email obtained by Forum Communications: “start getting bids from movers.” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’m told by multiple

Fargo Forum: "Real Journalism" Means Shooting The Messenger

In an editorial today, the Fargo Forum takes pot shots (not by name, naturally) at myself and my good friend Jay Thomas (of the Jay Thomas Show on WDAY AM970 in Fargo) for our focus on the email controversy at North Dakota State University. “Credible answers have been elusive,” writes the Forum, “but traditional in-the-trenches

Attorney General Won't Address Criminal Allegations Against NDSU President Dean Bresciani

North Dakota Legislative Council has requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem regarding whether or not North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani broke open records laws, and possibly some criminal statues, when complying (or not complying, depending on your view) with a request for emails. A letter sent to LC Attorney John

Obama Ten Days Ago: We Should "Reject These Voices" Which Say Government Is "Sinister"

President Obama’s commencement address delivered at Ohio State University just ten days ago are sure coming off as ironic given the scandals uncovered in the last week. “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some

Holder: Searching Reporter Phone Calls Is So Routine I Can't Remember How Many Times It Has Happened

So what he’s saying is the recently-divulged search of phone calls placed by AP reporters wasn’t the only instance. In fact, what he seems to be saying is that this sort of thing is so routine he can’t remember how many times it has happened. As his Justice Department faces bipartisan outrage for searching phone

Attorney General: State Board Broke Open Meetings Laws

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has just issued an opinion ruling that a dinner held by Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and members of the State Board of Higher Education did, in fact, break open meetings laws. The State Board of Higher Education has been ordered to recreate minutes for the meeting. I think the AG is absolutely