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Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary Abused the Powers of His Office

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary Abused the Powers of His Office

There’s no getting around the fact that incumbency gives incumbents certain advantages in an election cycle. Things like name recognition, an already established campaign mechanism, etc. Perhaps this isn’t an entirely bad thing. Perhaps, if you’ve already won the trust of voters once, the bar should be a little higher for those seeking to unseat

Lawyer Says Requested Review of Bismarck Police Officer Petition Signatures Was Concerning, BCI Refused to Do Interviews

Earlier this week, in writing about the effort to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary, I flagged an email City Administrator Keith Hunke sent to a BCI investigator working on verifying the signatures which requested that he specifically interview the eleven Bismarck Police Department Officers who had signed the petition. Hunke has told me he’s not

Bismarck City Administrator Asked That Police Officers Who Signed Recall Petition for Mayor Be Questioned

I think it’s safe to say that the City of Bismarck’s handling of a recall petition aimed at Mayor Mike Seminary has been something less than ideal. For one thing, the city had the Bureau of Criminal Investigation verify signatures of the recall petitions, which some have (rightly, I think) seen as somewhat intimidating. For

Were All the Signatures in the Bismarck Mayoral Recall Invalidated Properly?

Yesterday we got news that, because of over 600 invalidated signatures, the activists trying to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary had failed to put the issue on the ballot. They needed 1,898 signatures to start a recall election. They submitted 2,405 signatures, but 668 signatures were invalidated for various reasons according to the Bismarck Tribune, leaving just

We May Need to Rethink How Recall Elections Work in North Dakota

Recall elections have been in state headlines a lot recently. An effort to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn has belly flopped, which I’m glad of. Despite the recall committee declaring publicly that they had, or would have, enough signatures to put Piepkorn on the ballot it turns out they couldn’t muster the requisite number.

If You Signed the Petition to Recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary You May Get a Visit From a Cop

Last night a volunteer in the effort to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary called me to say the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacting people who signed their petition. The signatures to recall Seminary have been collected and turned in and are currently in the process of being verified. Apparently, that verification is being

Reader Column: Bismarck Recycling Isn't Entirely Voluntary If You Have To Opt Out

Some Bismarck residents were surprised when they found Spiffy Biff colored garbage cans in their driveways. It’s the city’s “voluntary” recycling program. Some later learned that they were entered into a two year contract to pay a $3.51 monthly fee for this “voluntary” service without their knowledge or consent. If you didn’t opt out in

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