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Rugged terrain and hot, windy conditions kept local volunteer firefighters on scene for up to 30 hours at a time as they worked to prevent a fire in the Badlands from doing even more damage in 2017. AMY DALRYMPLE/BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Are Free License Plates a Good Way to Reward North Dakota’s Volunteer First Responders?

Are Free License Plates a Good Way to Reward North Dakota’s Volunteer First Responders?

On the November ballot North Dakota voters will be asked to decide the fate of Measure 4 which, if passed, would allow volunteer first responders to get a special license plate for their vehicles for free. This plate would also entitle them to free entrance to state parks. Here’s the full text of the measure:

Anti-Tobacco Activists File Complaint Over Measure 4 Advertising

We’re just weeks away from election day and while it’s been a pretty quiet cycle here in North Dakota that doesn’t mean we won’t be free from the usual last-minute “gotcha” claims. Case in point, the press release below from Raise it for Health ND – the folks behind Measure 4 on the November ballot

Audio: Vaping Advocate Blasts Measure 4, Says “Modern Tobacco Prevention Is About Puritanism”

In November the voters here in North Dakota will decide the fate of Measure 4, a massive 400 percent tax increase on cigarettes and a similarly large hike in taxes on tobacco products. And lumped into the definition of tobacco products? Vaping products. A question for many is why the ballot measure would apply a

State's Attorney Birch Burdick Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Audio: Cass County States Attorney Says Marsy’s Law the Idea of a “Rather Eccentric Billionaire”

Cass County States Attorney Birch Burdick joined me on my radio show today to talk about Marsy’s Law, also known as Measure 3 on your November ballot. I had intended this segment to be a debate between the two sides of the issue, but the Marsy’s Law proponents declined to participate. I’m told they’ve been

David Johnson, a member of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council, unloads boxes filled with petition signatures for the tobacco tax initiative measure at the Secretary of State's office in the state Capitol Thursday morning in Bismarck. On the left is Kristie Wolff, with the American Lung Association in North Dakota and representing the Raise It for Health North Dakota group, is helped by LeAnn Oliver with the Secretary of State's office. Bismarck Tribune photo.

Audio: Measure 4 Opponent Says Cigarette Tax a Bad Way to Fund Veterans

One of the selling points of Measure 4 on the November ballot, which would hike taxes on cigarettes in North Dakota by 400 percent, is that some of the funding would go to veterans. In fact, per the fiscal impact statement for Measure 4 released by the Secretary of State’s office, if passed the measure

Vapor Stars co-owner Derick Bernier fills a tank for a vapor pen at his Grand Forks store Tuesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Measure 4 Tax Hike Is Wrong to Lump in Vaping

A group calling itself Raise It for Health put Measure 4 on our statewide ballot for November. The title of the group speaks to the measure’s intent, which is to promote public health through tax hikes on tobacco products, including a massive 400 percent increase in taxes on cigarettes. But is it really about health?

House Passes Amendment Forcing "Major" Spending Measures To General Election Ballot

In 2014 one of the eight (!!!) ballot measures North Dakotans voted on was Measure 4, a constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature which did two things. First, it required that measures with a significant fiscal impact be placed on the general election ballot. Second, it prohibited constitutional amendments which would require the legislature to

State House Resurrects Amendment On Expensive Ballot Measures

On election day 2014 the North Dakota delivered a bloodbath for eight measures on the statewide ballot. All but one of them failed, including Measure 4 which would have amended the state constitution to require a) that measures with a “significant” cost in tax dollars go on the general election ballot and b) constitutional amendments