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Referendum Campaign Forming to Put Question of Auditor’s Power on the Ballot

Referendum Campaign Forming to Put Question of Auditor’s Power on the Ballot

There has been a lot of controversy over legislation, sneaked into the budget for the Auditor’s office during the closing days of this year’s legislative session, which limits the powers of the state Auditor. Per that legislation, which was signed by Governor Doug Burgum (with feeble justification), the Auditor must now go begging to a legislative

Lawmaker Admits They Gutted Auditor’s Powers Because He Isn’t “Supposed to Embarrass People”

When news first broke that the Legislature had snuck some last minute language into a budget bill to remove the bulk of state Auditor Josh Gallion’s autonomy supporters of the move insisted that it wasn’t retribution. Only now, as Associated Press reporter James MacPherson reports, one lawmaker is confirming that’s exactly what it was: Backers

The New Census Could Change North Dakota’s Political Landscape Thanks to Western Population Growth

This week Governor Doug Burgum issued an executive order creating an initiative, called the Complete Count Task Force, aimed at ensuring an accurate census count in North Dakota. The national decennial population count is upon us, and it’s important for states like North Dakota to ensure accurate counts as the numbers will be used for

Print Column: Heidi Heitkamp Is Probably Running for Governor in 2020

MINOT, N.D. — Here’s a bold prediction: Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is probably going to run for governor. I don’t think she wants to be president of the University of North Dakota. Her name has been thrown around a bit for that job, and while she’s played coy when asked if she’d take the gig, that’s probably more

Governor Burgum Is Right to Continue Calling Out Legislature Over Revenue Transparency

We see debates over spending in politics all the time. How much should we spend? Where should we spend it? It’s about 90 percent of what our government does. More rare are debates over how the government accounts for its revenues, yet that’s a topic Governor Doug Burgum dug into this legislative session (I’m sorry,

Plain Talk: State Auditor Says He Doesn’t Know if Politics Was Behind Removal of His Authority

“I don’t know anything about that,” state Auditor Josh Gallion said on this episode of Plain Talk. He was responding to a question about whether he felt the Legislature’s removal of his office’s ability to unilaterally initiate audits of state agencies was motivated by politics. Gallion was certain one thing, though. He said the change,

Print Column: North Dakota No Longer Has an Independent Auditor Thanks to Burgum, Legislature

MINOT, N.D. — In the closing days of the 2019 legislative session lawmakers amended the budget for the Auditor’s Office to include language gutting that office’s authority. Under this new language, the state auditor is on a leash held in the hands of the Legislature. His office may only initiate performance audits of state agencies with the

Heidi Heitkamp’s New Political Project Is All About Heidi Heitkamp Maybe Running for Governor

While former Senator Heidi Heitkamp flirts with the possibility of being the new president of the University of North Dakota (she should be considered for the job if she wants it, but I’m not convinced she really wants it) she’s also launching a new political initiative aimed at helping Democratic candidates convince rural voters the

Legislature Sends Bill to Governor Burgum Gutting the Authority of the State Auditor’s Office

Since taking office, Republican state Auditor Josh Gallion has been aggressive in pursuing his duties. In the wake of controversy over a Super Bowl trip paid for by an energy company, Gallion’s office went after Governor Doug Burgum’s travel expenses. His office also made headlines when they found that several state agencies, including the Tourism