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Charging Legislative Candidate Duane Sand With a Crime for Making a False Statement in a Political Ad Is a Travesty

Charging Legislative Candidate Duane Sand With a Crime for Making a False Statement in a Political Ad Is a Travesty

Earlier this year Duane Sand, who ran for both the U.S. House and Senate on behalf of the NDGOP in previous cycles and once gave me one of the most colorful comments I’ve ever received in my political writing career, challenged two incumbent Republican lawmakers in the District 47 (Bismarck) House race. I’m a believer

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary announced his intention to seek re-election in the June 2018 city election at a press conference in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce office.

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary Abused the Powers of His Office

There’s no getting around the fact that incumbency gives incumbents certain advantages in an election cycle. Things like name recognition, an already established campaign mechanism, etc. Perhaps this isn’t an entirely bad thing. Perhaps, if you’ve already won the trust of voters once, the bar should be a little higher for those seeking to unseat

A handful of people who said they were backing the blue stood in protest outside The Bismarck Tribune along Seventh Street in Bismarck on Monday afternoon. TOM STROMME, Bismarck Tribune

The Bismarck Tribune Was Right to Publish the Name of Officer Who Invoked Marsy’s Law

Last week I posted about an incident from Bismarck where an officer involved in shooting a member of the public who was allegedly attacking him invoked Marsy’s Law to hide his identity from the public. Marsy’s Law is the supposed “victims rights” amendment to the state constitution passed by voters last year. Among the bad

Maybe Economic Development Policies Really Do Drive up Tax Burdens

There are two points of view when it comes to economic development policies which include tax exemptions. Critics say that by exempting certain businesses or properties from taxes narrows the overall tax base, putting upward pressure on the taxes levied on everyone else not exempted. Proponents argue that the exemptions spur development which wouldn’t happen

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary David Samson / The Forum

Lawyer Says Requested Review of Bismarck Police Officer Petition Signatures Was Concerning, BCI Refused to Do Interviews

Earlier this week, in writing about the effort to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, I flagged an email City Administrator Keith Hunke sent to a BCI investigator working on verifying the signatures which requested that he specifically interview the eleven Bismarck Police Department Officers who had signed the petition. Hunke has told me he’s not

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary David Samson / The Forum

Bismarck City Administrator Asked That Police Officers Who Signed Recall Petition for Mayor Be Questioned

I think it’s safe to say that the City of Bismarck’s handling of a recall petition aimed at Mayor Mike Seminary has been something less than ideal. For one thing, the city had the Bureau of Criminal Investigation verify signatures of the recall petitions, which some have (rightly, I think) seen as somewhat intimidating. For

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, April 2016 file photo. David Samson / Forum News Service

Were All the Signatures in the Bismarck Mayoral Recall Invalidated Properly?

Yesterday we got news that, because of over 600 invalidated signatures, the activists trying to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary had failed to put the issue on the ballot. They needed 1,898 signatures to start a recall election. They submitted 2,405 signatures, but 668 signatures were invalidated for various reasons according to the Bismarck Tribune, leaving just

Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, left, and Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, right

We May Need to Rethink How Recall Elections Work in North Dakota

Recall elections have been in state headlines a lot recently. An effort to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn has belly flopped, which I’m glad of. Despite the recall committee declaring publicly that they had, or would have, enough signatures to put Piepkorn on the ballot it turns out they couldn’t muster the requisite number.

Paul Maloney, right, a spokesman for the group petitioning for the recall of Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, stands with his uncle as they seek petition signatures in front of the William L. Guy Federal Building on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

If You Signed the Petition to Recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary You May Get a Visit From a Cop

Last night a volunteer in the effort to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary called me to say the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacting people who signed their petition. The signatures to recall Seminary have been collected and turned in and are currently in the process of being verified. Apparently, that verification is being

Slow Blogging Today

I won’t be keeping up my usual pace of blogging today as I’m on the road. The folks at the Lignite Energy Council were kind enough to invite me down to their annual meeting in Bismarck today to talk about media and communications. It’s a fun opportunity. While I use the blog and social media

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