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Dinner for Lawmakers, Paid for by Lobbyists, Was Legal Only Because There Aren’t Any Ethics Rules Yet

Dinner for Lawmakers, Paid for by Lobbyists, Was Legal Only Because There Aren’t Any Ethics Rules Yet

Recently a group of 29 North Dakota lawmakers took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, which cost the taxpayers nearly $90,000. You probably haven’t heard much about it since both Republicans and Democrats were on the trip and most of our media commentators are so thoroughly addled by partisanship they get frozen when the controversy is

Video: House Democrat Insults Sponsor of Refugee Study “Born in Prejudice and Suspicion”

Earlier this month a bill which would have required more data collection on the social and fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement in our state, and allowed for the state and its political subdivisions to pause resettlement if deemed necessary, was turned into a study after hours of emotional testimony in committee. But even though the

Video: Democratic Lawmaker Says Raising Voter Fraud Penalty Is “Mean Spirited” and “Voter Intimidation”

After a federal court stuck down North Dakota’s voter ID law last year the state was forced to go back to an old system of letting people without valid ID’s cast their ballots using affidavits attesting to their identity. Today lawmakers took up HB1369 (see it below) which seeks to implement a more secure sort

Video: Democrats Are Really, Really Angry About Senate Vacancies Bill

It’s remarkable how riled up North Dakota Democrats are about legislation which would change how the state fills Senate vacancies. Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot) has introduced legislation to fill vacancies in the state’s U.S. Senate seats with special elections rather than gubernatorial appointments. It’s sound reform given some of the recent shenanigans we’ve seen with

Legislative Race Update: Democrats Add Three More Candidates, Now Have Just Over Half Of Races Filled

This morning I got a bit of snark in my Twitter feed from North Dakota Democrat Chairman Bob Valeu who wanted me to check out the latest Fargo Forum editorial. @robport. Just in case you woke this morning with political blinders.http://t.co/koMVsW1qeQ — bob valeu (@bobvaleu) April 4, 2014   The editorial holds that concerns about