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NDSU President Dean Besciani Denies Deleting Emails To Avoid Open Records Request

NDSU President Dean Besciani Denies Deleting Emails To Avoid Open Records Request

The Fargo-area media is catching up to a story we broke here on SAB this weekend which has Legislative Council questioning whether or not NDSU President Dean Bresciani broke open records law by deleting over 45,000 emails from his account the day a request for them was made. If he did, he is potentially guilty

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Legislature Questions Whether NDSU President Broke The Law When Destroying Records

If you thought the drama in higher education was over after the hurried-up departure of Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, think again. The North Dakota University System, and North Dakota State University in particular, have an atrocious track record when it comes to transparency. And it appears as though the hostility toward transparency which permeates the system

Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Voter ID Law

The Supreme Court has struck down an Arizona law which required that people prove their citizenship before getting a federal “motor voter” registration form. The 1993 law “requires states to offer voter registration when a resident applies for a driver’s license or certain benefits.” The people filling out the form are required to swear they

Shirvani The Scapegoat Is Gone, North Dakota University System's Hostility To Transparency Remains

“So Shirvani is gone now, and lo and behold in Friday’s edition of The Press ran the headline, ‘Another illegal meeting for state higher ed board?’” writes Klark Byrd for the Dickinson Press, noting that the former chancellor who had quickly become a scapegoat for all the ills in North Dakota’s university system isn’t around

Life Is Less Expensive In North Dakota

According to prototype data from the federal government, North Dakota is among the cheapest places to live in the country. While some North Dakotans may grumble a bit about that – a roaring economy and soaring personal incomes are driving prices for goods, services and housing up in the state – it’s absolutely true that

FreedomWorks To Senator Graham: Lead By Example And Give Us Your Email Password

Senator Lindsey Graham has been out in front of the NSA scandal, defending the agency’s spying on American emails with the old “if you’re not doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about” defense. “I don’t think you’re talking to the terrorists. I know you’re not. I know I’m not,” Senator Graham told a

Some Things Are Scarier Than Terrorism

The news that the NSA is monitoring pretty much every phone call in America, and accessing our electronic communications as well, is scary stuff. There may be no more certain evidence of how disconcerting the American public is finding these revelations than the fact that George Orwell’s classic novel about a future, dystopian surveillance state

Democrats Deftly Shift NSA Scandal Into A War On Private Contractors

In a political maneuver that’s hard not to admire, Democrats are trying to pivot the NSA scandal into an attack on privatization and government contractors. Senator Dick Durbin is promising a review of “all civilian contractors” in a move that will no doubt please the Democrats’ friends in Big Labor given that government employees are

More Than 500,000 Private Contractors Have Access To Top Secret Information

How was a twenty-something employee of a federal contractor able to access the sensitive, top-secret information about the NSA’s surveillance programs? By being one of some 500,000 private contractors, and 900,000 federal employees, who have top secret security clearance according to the Washington Post: The tone of the Post article seems to point fingers at

IRS: Law That Protects Taxpayer Information Also Protects Government Agents Who Illegally Leak Taxpayer Information

The National Organization for Marriage saw their donor list, which was reported to the IRS, leaked to the left-wing group Human Rights Watch. NOM filed a complaint with the IRS in April of 2012 over the disclosure. Since then, they’ve been fighting with the IRS, and the latest response from the bureaucracy to a demand

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