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State capitol, Bismarck North Dakota

Can We Make It Illegal for the Legislature to Legislate?

Can We Make It Illegal for the Legislature to Legislate?

Today the Secretary of State’s office announced they have received a resubmitted petition to amend the state constitution to “limit Legislative options for amending state’s constitution,” as the press release puts it. I’d written about this measure last month when it was originally submitted. You can read the latest iteration in full below, but here’s

Plain Talk: Can’t the People Be Trusted to Vote on Amendments to the Initiated Measure Process?

Proponents of North Dakota’s initiated measure process argue that the will of the people, as expressed at the ballot box, is the ultimate arbiter of political questions. So why then does a group of initiated measure enthusiasts, led by activist Dustin Gawrylow, want to stop the people from voting on amendments to the initiated measure

Proposed Ballot Measure Would Block Legislature’s Ability to Amend Part of North Dakota’s Constitution Dealing With Ballot Measures

We live in a very populist era, but the the proposal detailed below may be the very peak of populist stupidity. According to a release from Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office, a group of citizens has filed for review a proposed ballot measure to amend the state constitution in a way that would prohibit

Workers prepare the North Dakota House chambers for the upcoming legislative session Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. John Hageman / Forum News Service

The Legislature Is the Will of the People Too

“There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who ‘love Nature’ while deploring the ‘artificialities’ with which ‘Man has spoiled ‘Nature’,” famed science fiction writer Robert Heinlein once wrote. “The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that man and his artifacts are not part of ‘Nature’ — but beavers and their

Star NDSU Linebacker Charged With Felony Aggravated Assault UPDATE: Reportedly Beat A Man Unconscious

The hits keep coming for North Dakota State University’s championship football team. After a second national title, earned with a group of players guilty of forging tens of thousands of signatures on two initiated measure petitions (the repercussions for which North Dakota State University refuses to make public), head coach Craig Bohl and the team

North Dakota House Caves, Approves Senate's Smaller Income Tax Cuts

Back in February the House passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Craig Headland which would have reduced the state’s corporate and personal income taxes by more than $500 million. “The question now is, how much will the Senate water these cuts down?” I asked in a post at the time. Flash forward to May and

On Fourth Try, North Dakota House Finally Approves Anti-Smoking Agency Budget

Yesterday the House killed the budget for North Dakota’s anti-tobacco agency for the third time, but today yet another reconsideration won a majority. After House Majority Leader Al Carlson reportedly told his caucus that he expected a majority vote for it today, it passed on a 68 to 23 vote. According to the North Dakota

Senate Approves Petition Reform Requiring Big-Impact Constitutional Measures Be Decided On November Ballot

The North Dakota Senate this morning approved HCR3011, which reforms the initiated measure process for constitutional measures by requiring that measures with an impact of more than $40 million (indexed to inflation) be voted on in the November election as opposed to the June primary. The measure would also prohibit circulation of any petition directing

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