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Plain Talk: Republican Senator Says Democrat Complaints About Ethics Legislation Are “Posturing”

Plain Talk: Republican Senator Says Democrat Complaints About Ethics Legislation Are “Posturing”

On this episode of Plain Talk, Republican state Senator David Hogue describes the tricky process of implementing with statute the constitutional amendment voters approved last year with Measure 1. The so-called “ethics” measure, which free speech groups criticized as too burdensome on political activities, must be implemented because it’s in the state’s constitution now. But

State Rep. Ruth Buffalo (D-Fargo)

Democratic State Lawmaker Not Responding to Requests for Information About Attendance at Star-Studded Political Gala in Tennessee

It’s a curious thing to watch how the proponents of Measure 1 – the so called “ethics measure” which seems a lot more about restricting political speech – behave themselves. These preening martinets rail against the influence of deep-pocketed interests in politics, and yet their measure campaign was bankrolled by Hollywood activists and far left

Ben Tucker, who farms near St. Thomas, N.D., is one of many private citizens who bring ideas to the Legislature and seek help from lawmakers and Legislative Council staff to guide them through the legislative process. Diane Newberry / North Dakota Newspaper Association

This Is the Sort of Citizen Activist Measure 1 Will Hurt

Over the weekend reporter Diane Newberry from the North Dakota Newspaper Association had a very interesting report about citizen-driven politics at the state Legislature, focusing on an activist named Ben Tucker who has been working on the expansion of Medicaid benefits. Tucker is from St. Thomas, and his lobbying activities at the Legislature are backed

Dina Butcher, left, hands North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger a proposed petition for a ballot measure to add anti-corruption policies to the state constitution Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. John Hageman / Forum News Service

Offer of Free Ballet Tickets Sets Off Emailed War of Words Among Lawmakers, Measure 1 Activist

A legislative source forwarded me an email exchange which illustrates perfectly the Legislature’s efforts to implement Measure 1 (ethics) approved by voters last year. And why many observers, including myself and the ACLU, opposed the measure as an infringement on speech and political activity unreasonable to the point of being unconstitutional. The whole thing is

Alex Hilzendeger, left, and Norton Lovold hold a banner in front of boxes of petitions outside the state capitol in Bismarck TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Of Course Ethics Investigations Should Be Secret

During the last election cycle a left-wing, Democrat-aligned group filed an ethics complaint against Republican candidate Tom Campbell because one of his campaign ads featured him standing in front of a truck with his business logo on it. The complaint was announced to the media by the left wing groups filing it. The complaint went

The Pioneer Family” statue seen in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Forum file photo

If We’re Really Concerned About Ethics in North Dakota We Should Have Given Lawmakers Their Free Lunch*

There is a lot of Sturm und Drang about ethics in North Dakota right now. Most of it – especially the clouds of smug coming from the Measure 1 supporters – isn’t so much about ethics as a group of partisan cranks out to shift the state’s political winds by regulating political activity. Because what do you

Plain Talk: Do We Need Sports Betting in North Dakota?

On this episode of Plain Talk, state Rep. Tom Beadle talks about his bill – one of two before the Legislature in Bismarck – to legalize sports betting in North Dakota. His would be restricted to professional sports. The other, introduced by Rep. Jason Dockter, would also include amateur sports like collegiate athletics and the

Supporters of Measure 1 during the 2018 campaign season. Bismarck Tribune file photo

Free Speech Groups, Including the ACLU, Oppose Legislative Efforts to Implement Measure 1

Ever since voters approved Measure 1 on the ballot last year there’s been a steady drumbeat of criticism aimed at state lawmakers who are now tasked with implementing it. Many of the lawmakers are reluctant, seeing in Measure 1 some pretty dire implications for speech and other political freedoms. Measure 1’s supporters (and even some,

Speaker of the House Rep. Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Ordering Study Into Whether It’s “Necessary” or “Desirable” to Implement Ethics Ballot Measure

“Measure 1 is actually so poorly written that it would institute a host of new restrictions and regulations on political speech and advocacy that would violate the First Amendment rights of all citizens.” That’s what the ACLU said about the “ethics” ballot measure last year, before voters approved it at the ballot box. Those sort

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