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Audio: Treasurer Kelly Schmidt Says She Felt Ambushed by Legislation to Eliminate Her Office

Audio: Treasurer Kelly Schmidt Says She Felt Ambushed by Legislation to Eliminate Her Office

Yesterday on my radio show I interviewed Treasurer Kelly Schmidt and Rep. Mike Nathe, both Republicans, about the latter’s push to eliminate the former’s office. You can hear the audio of both interviews below, Schmidt first and Nathe second. Schmidt told me she felt ambushed by the announcement of legislation, backed by members of her own party,

State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, pictured in 2015, says nothing is off the table as she considers her office's budget. (TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO)

Republicans, Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate State Treasurer’s Office

During the 2016 election cycle state Senator Tim Mathern, the Democratic candidate for Treasurer, built what little there was of his campaign around the idea of eliminating the Treasurer’s office. Not many voters bought it. Mathern got less than 30 percent of the vote while Republican incumbent Kelly Schmidt earned a fourth term in office

“He Thinks We’re A Bunch Of Hayseeds” One Lawmaker Says Of Doug Burgum Contributions To Legislative Candidates

In his big money advertising campaign gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum has been campaigning against North Dakota’s budget headaches and rapid spending growth, casting himself as an outsider candidate who will change the status quo. Behind the scenes, though, Burgum has been quietly sending money to the Republican lawmakers who represent that status quo, and not all

Critics Worried Common Core Task Force Won’t Include Opposition Voices From Legislature

You can’t always get what you want, the Rolling Stones tell us, but sometimes you get what you need. I believe that’s where the passionate and energetic opponents of Common Core find themselves heading into the 2015-2017 legislative interim. They lost a bruising battle in the legislature over bills that would have, among other things,

Steve Adair Is The Worst Thing To Happen To Conservation In North Dakota, But He Has A Point

If you want to spend millions upon millions of dollars on two unsuccessful conservation ballot measures – one derailed by petition fraud, the other derailed by 79 percent of the voters – while simultaneously alienating most of the people in the state where you operate, then Steve Adair is your man. The Bismarck-based director for

Common Core Opponents Lose Again, This Time On Testing Opt-Out Bill

Earlier this legislative session the opponents of Common Core education standards were dealt a blow when lawmakers defeated a bill withdrawing the state from those standards and setting up a mechanism through which they would be replaced with new standards created by the state. After that loss Common Core opponents hung their hopes on HB1283

House Votes Down Bill Which Would Have Made Lawmaker Record Requests Public

Over the last several years the North Dakota University System been plagued with scandal and controversy, a lot of it owing to things revealed by way of records requests with some of those requests originating with lawmakers. In response to that problem the university system – through their employee, bill sponsor Senator Tim Flakoll of

James Kerian: Subsidized Preschool Is About Education Bureaucrats Not Students

When President Obama announced his war on stay at home mothers last fall he probably did not expect North Dakota’s legislature to come running to his side.  But the NEA and the Department of Public Instruction saw this as an opportunity to increase their funding and the state Senate apparently decided that if the teachers

Video: Bill To Withdraw North Dakota From Common Core Fails After 1.5 Hour Debate

Heading into the floor fight over Common Core today in the state House the plan was for Rep. Jim Kasper to offer up amendments to his anti-Common Core bill (HB1461) on the floor. Typically amendments are done in committee. Approving amendments on the House floor is very different. Thus, shortly before the floor session today, the

Lawmaker Says Committee Wouldn’t Allow Amendments To Common Core Bill

This week HB1461, which would withdraw North Dakota from the controversial Common Core standards and establish a process for the state creating its own standards, will get a vote on the floor of the House. But the lawmaker sponsoring the legislation, Rep. Jim Kasper, is first going to ask lawmakers to amend the bill on the floor.

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