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Marsy’s Law Backer Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal for Drug Charges in Nevada

Marsy’s Law Backer Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal for Drug Charges in Nevada

In North Dakota billionaire Henry Nicholas was able to buy his hobby horse initiated measure onto the statewide ballot for a vote. That was Marsy’s Law, the so-called “victims rights” amendment to the state constitution which has, since it was ratified by voters, been an absolute headache for the criminal justice system while doing very

Billionaire Who Funded Marsy’s Law Campaign Busted for Drug Trafficking in Las Vegas

The Marsy’s Law campaign here in North Dakota was the pet project of California billionaire Henry Nicholas who has spent millions pushing ballot measures here in North Dakota and elsewhere. In fact, in our state, Nicholas was pretty much the only contributor to the measure campaign, paying for signature collectors and a slick media campaign

It’s Not Constitutional to Ban Out of State Money for Initiated Measures

A committee convened by the Legislature to review the initiated measure process met this week, and it seems they’re taking a long and hard look at the amount of money from outside the state which has funded some recent measures. The obvious example is the Marsy’s Law ballot measure, a horrible idea ramrodded through the

Fraternal Order of Police Oppose Marsy’s Law, Says It Will ‘Hamper Criminal Investigations’

The number of North Dakota groups from all sides of the criminal justice system opposing Marsy’s Law – the pet project of California billionaire Henry Nicholas who is also the source of all the measure campaign’s finances – continues to grow. The list includes the North Dakota Victim’s Assistance Association, CAWS North Dakota, the North Dakota Women’s Network,

Marsy’s Law for North Dakota Is Being Funded Exclusively by a California Billionaire

I’ve come to be very distrustful of the initiated measure process. While we all have measures we’ve supported or opposed, I do think there is something fundamentally problematic about legislating at the ballot box. I don’t like the idea of interests, even if I might be inclined to agree with their goals, buying their way

Billionaire's Pet Issue On North Dakota's Ballot Is Why We Need Initiated Measure Reform

Over the years I’ve come to be very skeptical of the initiated measure process in North Dakota. I haven’t always felt this way. In  years past there have been ballot measures that I enthusiastically supported because I thought they were good policy. But increasingly it seems like the initiated measure has become a way for