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Dave Owen, middle, chairman of the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative, celebrtaes a high-five with volunteer Becky Muhs-Rettig inside the Secretary of State's office at the state Capitol on July 9 in Bismarck. More than a dozen volunteers filed into the room to submit the more than 18,000 petition signatures to Jaeger's office. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Mark Friese: Ballot Measure Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Has “Substantial Flaws”

Mark Friese: Ballot Measure Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Has “Substantial Flaws”

This guest post was submitted by Fargo defense attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm. Decriminalization of marijuana is in sight. Congratulations to Legalize ND and their legion of support, including student organizations, and countless individuals from a wide range of political and professional backgrounds. Without funding, getting an initiated measure on the ballot

Bismarck businessman and former NDGOP Chairman Gary Emineth speaks about one of his businesses in Grand Forks. Tim Albrecht / Forum News Service

Petition Backing Constitutional Amendment Banning Non-Citizen Voting Approved for Circulation

Previously I wrote about a constitutional ballot measure effort, backed by erstwhile Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gary Emineth, currently a candidate for the state Senate in Bismarck, which would ban non-citizen voting in North Dakota’s constitution. That sort of voting is already illegal under state law, but Emineth told me in an interview the constitutional

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on 7-11-2016 for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Ballot Measures Should Have to Be Introduced in the Legislature First

Legislating at the ballot box is a terrible way to make public policy. On election day we already ask voters to make informed choices on a myriad of candidates from the federal races down to hyper local races for court and soil conservation officials. Is it fair to also ask them to vote on complicated

Rugged terrain and hot, windy conditions are keeping local volunteer firefighters on scene for up to 30 hours at a time as they work to prevent a fire in the Badlands from doing even more damage. AMY DALRYMPLE/BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Ballot Measure Petition Submitted to Create Special License Plates for Emergency Responders

The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office has received for approval a proposed ballot measure which would create a special license plate for emergency responders. The measure says it’s specifically for volunteer responders, but as you can see from the text of the measure the definition of volunteers includes some professionals: This is a statutory

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on 7-11-2016 for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Here’s an Idea for Initiated Measures: Require That They Go Through the Legislature First

The initiated measure process is a terrible way to make public policy, and the 2016 election cycle proved it. Not only did voters approve a medical marijuana measure that forgot to, you know, decriminalize medical marijuana they also cast their ballots for Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment which is already diminishing the amount of justice

Here Are the Measures Which Will Be on North Dakota’s Statewide Ballot in November

The deadlines have passed, the signatures have been submitted and verified, and the Secretary of State’s office announced today which measures will be on the ballot come November. And while I’ve lost my appetite for legislating at the ballot box over the last several cycles, for those of us who make a living writing about

House Passes Amendment Forcing "Major" Spending Measures To General Election Ballot

In 2014 one of the eight (!!!) ballot measures North Dakotans voted on was Measure 4, a constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature which did two things. First, it required that measures with a significant fiscal impact be placed on the general election ballot. Second, it prohibited constitutional amendments which would require the legislature to

State House Resurrects Amendment On Expensive Ballot Measures

On election day 2014 the North Dakota delivered a bloodbath for eight measures on the statewide ballot. All but one of them failed, including Measure 4 which would have amended the state constitution to require a) that measures with a “significant” cost in tax dollars go on the general election ballot and b) constitutional amendments

LegitSlater: 2014 Mid Term Election Reflection

It’s finally over. The ads have grown annoying, even for the candidates and measures I support. I am worn out from debating the issues in this election. I can only imagine how the candidates and committees feel as they have been living it for the past several months. As I write this (it’s Tuesday night,

LegitSlater: My Take on the Measures- 7 and 8

This post wraps up my take on the initiated measures on the November ballot. In week 1 I addressed Measures 1, 2, and 3 (Yes, Yes, and Yes). Last week I covered Measures 4, 5, and 6 (Yes, No, and Yes). This week I’ll finish up with 7 and 8. MEASURE 7 What it says: This initiated

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