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Feds Smack Down Democrats, Environmentalists On Claims Of PSC Bribery

Feds Smack Down Democrats, Environmentalists On Claims Of PSC Bribery

Conveniently timed for the last election cycle, two environmentalist groups (the taxpayer-funded Dakota Resource Council and the Sierra Club) filed a lawsuit against Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk and Commissioner-turned-Congressman Kevin Cramer for accepting political contributions from individuals who work in the coal industry, as well as PAC’s which represent the industry. According to them,

Fargo City Officials Upset That Legislature Wasn't Sufficiently Deferential To Them

Anyone who follows North Dakota politics closely is familiar with the term “Imperial Cass.” This sprung out of the tendency of officials in the state’s most populous county, home to the state’s largest city Fargo, ought to get their way at the expense of the rest of the state. The term is an old one

Amendment To Resolution Would Ban Initiated Constitutional Measures That Appropriate Money

Update: Senator David Hogue emails to make it clear that this amendment impacts only constituitonal measures. Statutory measures that appropriate money, or direct appropriations, would be ok. After rampant signature fraud on two ballot measures last year, North Dakota’s legislature has been grappling with reform for the initiated measure process. One proposal is SCR4006 which,

Jim Carrey Proves Why We Shouldn't Look To Celebrities On Serious Policy Issues

Not long ago funny-man actor Jim Carrey mocked and belittled gun owners in a skit for Funny or Die (see below). Not surprisingly, since he was unloading on one of the most controversial and divisive issues in the country in a charged political atmosphere, he got a lot of criticism for it. Now Carrey is

CNN Poll: Support For Gun Control Is Slipping

Democrats were in a hurry to push through tough new gun control regulations after the Sandy Hook murders, and here’s the reason why. With the assault weapons ban fizzling in the Senate, support for new gun control laws is declining the further we get away from what happened in New Town, Connecticut: Washington (CNN) –

Resolution To Replace Board Of Higher Education Advances In State House

The North Dakota Senate took up three of the resolutions to reform the university system today. HCR3008, introduced by Rep. Mark Dosch, would have stripped mention of the state universities out of the state constitution, allowing them to be closed through statute if the legislature decides it. That bill failed by a surprisingly narrow 45-47

In The Legislature, A Debate Over Direct Democracy Versus Representative Democracy

Today the House Judiciary Committee played host to a packed room full of people testifying on HCR3011 which would, if passed by the legislature and approved by voters, amend the state constitution to put some limits on the initiated measure process. Here are the changes proposed: * Measures with more than a $20 million fiscal

Resolution Seeks To Study Ways To Make North Dakota More Independent Of The Federal Government

HCR3038 has just been introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, and a group of other legislators, to study ways to move North Dakota towards greater independence from the federal government. From the resolution: That the Legislative Management study the statutory and regulatory requirements placed on North Dakota state government agencies by United States government agencies as

House Votes To Make Grand Jury Petitions Tougher

Last year a group of activists got together and gather signature for petitions to empanel a grand jury charged with investigating bribery allegations against Governor Jack Dalrymple. North Dakota state law allows for petitioners to initiate a grand jury with signatures numbering just 10% of the number of people who voted in the gubernatorial race

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