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Audio: Libertarian, Republican Auditor Candidates Disagree on the Size of the Office They’re Running For

Audio: Libertarian, Republican Auditor Candidates Disagree on the Size of the Office They’re Running For

Yesterday I hosted debate among the candidates for state Auditor. Long-time Republican incumbent Bob Peterson is retiring, and in November voters will pick a replacement. Josh Gallion is the Republican candidate. Roland Riemers is the Libertarian candidate. Democrats didn’t nominate a candidate for this race. You can listen to the full discussion below, which ended

Governor’s Response to Scandalous DHS Child Care Audit Is More Than a Little Lame

“The response from Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Department of Human Services to a scathing audit of the department’s child care licensing failures misses the mark by a country mile,” the Fargo Forum editorial board wrote yesterday. “It’s little more than an attempt to muddle the message by shooting the messenger.” I agree. “The

Bismarck Tribune Publisher Brian Kroshus Expected To Seek NDGOP Nomination For State Auditor

Yesterday we got news that Bob Peterson – a Republican and North Dakota’s Auditor since 1996 – will not be seeking a sixth term in office in 2016. This morning I can report that Brian Kroshus, currently the publisher of the Bismarck Tribune, is expected to seek the office. I’m told by sources close to Kroshus that

Looking To 2016: Republicans Facing Retirements, Democrats Facing Scarcity Of Candidates

With the 2015 legislative session in the books we’re heading into the doldrums of North Dakota politics. There isn’t going to be a lot of activity until this fall when candidates begin to emerge for the 2016 election year. Until then, it’s all speculation about who may be running and, just as importantly (particularly Republicans


North Dakota Auditor Recommends A 243 Percent Tax Hike On Cigarettes

North Dakota’s State Auditor Bob Peterson released a report (see below) related to the state’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control. This entity was created by voters with a measure approved on the 2008 ballot. It created the center and, per the law, requires that it fight tobacco in accordance with the federal Centers for

House Passes Mandatory Evacuations Bill, Senate Kills Limits To State Auditors

The legislature voted today on a couple of bills I’ve written about in the past. First, the House passed HB1120 allowing the executive officer of any county or city in the state to order mandatory evacuations for up to seven days, and beyond with the approval of the city council/county commission. Currently only the governor

Legislators Friendly To Higher Ed Seek To Gut Power Of The State Auditor

Over the last couple of years the State Auditor Bob Peterson’s office has produced some very inconvenient reports for the university system. When the State Auditor was looking into the Dickinson State University “diploma mill” fiasco they pushed back against efforts by then-university system Chancellor Bill Goetz to limit the scope of the audit. Eventually